Thomas heard about AUSY through a friend. Meanwhile, he’s been working for us for 9 years as a network & security engineer.

The most important lesson he learned during his career in IT? Every adjustment made to a system can have an effect on the other systems. The coolest event he participated in? Cisco live! And the most interesting project that he worked on up until now? The firewall migrations for his current client: KBC. 

were you always passionate about IT?

Thomas: “Actually, yes. When I was younger, gaming wasn’t so easy. I had to adjust quite a few things on my computer before I could actually play a game. And that’s how I discovered that I was pretty good at it.”

“Eventually, everyone in my family knew who to call when their computer, tablet or smartphone wasn’t working… Me”, Thomas laughs.

and when you graduated, you discovered ausy…

“That’s right!”, Thomas tells us. “A friend of mine was already working for AUSY at the time, and he encouraged me to apply. After my first interview, the recruiters didn’t have a project for me right away. They promised to call me if something came up. Of course, I didn’t really count on that, but a few weeks later they actually did call. I took the job right away!”

“My first project was at the Proximus helpdesk. Today I work as a network & security engineer at KBC.”

what does a network & security engineer do exactly?

Thomas: “Right now, I’m mostly working as an allrounder in my team. I have experience with firewalls, but also in network engineering. I function as a link between those 2 teams and I work on with the switches, routers and firewalls on a daily basis. I prefer working as an allrounder over working as an expert. By working in 2 teams, my job remains challenging, and I still learn something new every day!”

“I work in a Belgian-Hungarian team. It’s very interesting to combine these 2 components and to notice that there is quite a large cultural difference. That’s also something I learn a lot from!”

which characteristic do you absolutely need as an IT professional?

“You shouldn’t be too attached to your sleep schedule… ;-)”, Thomas laughs. “My team works with on call schedules, so I know when I can expect to be called in. But even when I’m not on call, things can go wrong. I have to be flexible and come up with solutions as quickly as possible. This can be stressful, but the feeling I get when I fix a really difficult problem makes it all worth it.”

“Moreover, the wonderful world of IT is always evolving. You have to be willing to regularly follow trainings on new subjects. To stand still is to go backwards in this sector!”

what tip would you give to recently graduated IT’ers? 

Thomas: “Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. You can learn from your mistakes. This of course doesn’t mean that you can just go ahead and try whatever you want without keeping your colleagues in the loop. They won’t appreciate it if they have to fix all your mistakes.”

“Remember that you always have a team to fall back on. If you have questions, ask them! It’s normal to be a little insecure when you’re just starting out. No one will be angry if you ask a few questions.”

“I wish someone would have given me this advice when I just started out. I was quite shy, and I was afraid to ask questions. Because of this, I made a few easily avoidable mistakes. But after a career of 9 years and some really great AUSY colleagues, I know how to communicate clearly!”