Jérémy Kostecki prides himself on his resourcefulness. A few years ago he was running his own company, but it didn't work out. Faced with the dilemma of what to do next, he decided to go back to school, which is where he learned about Cisco's Networking Academy. "That's where I got very interested in networking. I always had a passion for networking security, but the technical resources and websites had a lot of in-depth knowledge," said Kostecki.
While Kostecki may be a little older than some other students, he didn't let it hold him back. "When I went back to school in the first place, I thought it would be hard," Kostecki said. "It actually wasn't. It's not a question of age actually, it's just a question of what you want to do and where you want to end up."
Kostecki then went from student to instructor, which helped him become an expert in his field. "To me, teaching is almost as important as learning because you're sharing knowledge and that allows you to become a better engineer," Kostecki said. "When you share your expertise when you share your knowledge with people, you tend to see different things in different ways."
Once Kostecki graduated, he attended a Cisco sponsored Talent Connect event in Paris. From that recruitment opportunity, Kostecki landed a job at the French company Outscale. One year later, he's back, but not as someone who's looking for a job. "I'm going to be part of the recruiting team and I'm going to look at people in front of me that where me last year," said Kostecki. "That's going to be very interesting to be on the other side of the table."
It's stories like Kostecki's that highlight the importance of Cisco's Networking Academy. "It's a lot easier to get access to jobs well paid jobs and so they get hired relatively easily when they have these kind of rubber stamp of Cisco Networking Academy," said Alain Fiorcco, a Cisco Senior Director in Engineering.
And for Kostecki, that's what it's all about. "It gives you great opportunities. It's free. It is full of resources and it can actually open doors you wouldn't imagine it would."