Student Success: Meaningful Networking

This article was originally published in the May 2012 edition of The Voice, CCO’s monthly e-newsletter.

After immigrating to Canada in 1996 from Guyana, Paul Dublin decided it was time for a career change. He had been working as a land surveyor and was getting into civil engineering, but wanted a job that would allow him to be home every night with his family. 

Dublin had quite a bit of experience with computers and so he chose to pursue studies in information technology.  This then enabled him to work in that field for nearly 12 years with companies such as IBM and Cover-All Computers Services.

In 2009, Dublin was laid off. He says he went to a lot of interviews, but in the end it all came down to which certifications he had and didn’t have. 

“There’s a ton of guys out there who can do the job, but not a ton with the highest level of certification,” he said. 

So, Dublin applied for Second Career funding and was able to attend Information Systems Institute Inc. in Toronto. When he graduated in the summer of 2011, doors were already beginning to open for him. 

“The minute I finished my final certification exam, I started to get calls,” he said. 

Dublin accepted a job with IBM Canada, where he is still currently employed and is contracted out to RBC as a Network Support Analyst. 

Dublin highlighted the importance of the connections he made at school and to this day, he still maintains contact and shares tips with colleagues and alumni. 

“They all had this story you could learn from,” he said of his classmates.

One colleague in particular, Sheldon Thomas, describes Dublin as nice, motivated and honest and says everyone in their program was there to teach and learn from each other. 

“[Paul] would explain things to others simply. He seemed to get it before everybody got it,” said Thomas.

Dublin not only gets it, but he is passionate about what he does. To keep up to date with the ever-changing field of technology, he has decided to enroll in a program to study wireless networking this summer.


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