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IT Pros and Pirates

IT Pros and Pirates

Ah yes, it’s IT Pro Day again – very soon!

Each year, on the third Tuesday of September, we celebrate the unsung heroes of IT. Well, someone did sing, but that’s a different story.

IT Pro Day is certainly more important than Talk Like a Pirate Day, celebrated just two days later. Long John Silver would probably disagree, but back in his day, there was no IT on ships, only curved swords.

I can’t think of another job where learning and growing are so essential but rewarding and, at the same time, so straightforward. Depending on what niche you work in, you can develop your learning path, study, sit an exam, and broaden your horizon while opening new opportunities at work as soon as you start sharing your knowledge. You’re in full control, and that’s one of the best things ever!

Plus, the convenience of working with at least two screens means there’s always room for a browser game. Just in case you need to work overtime, while you’re ensuring the background scripts execute correctly. They could never do this without your supervision!

Another perk of working in IT is that you can decorate your desk with pictures of Wookiees and elves and unicorns and sharks with lasers and no one would ever judge.

They wouldn’t understand anyway.

Still, some days drag, like in many other jobs, too.

For example, there might be that person working in accounting who frequently causes trouble with, let’s say, Bitlocker. As you fixed it for the third time, you wished you could go back to the days of BOFH in the 90s. But unfortunately, that’s not possible. Close your eyes for a second. Think of pirates.

On that note, do you know the worst thing you could do as an IT pro? Showing up at a random party, having a glass of whatever, and someone asks you, “So, what do you do?” Whatever you do, DO NOT respond with, “I work with computers.”

I’ve been there. It won’t end well.

Instead, I suggest saying, “I’m a pirate, arrr,” and focus on your drink.

Happy IT Pro Day everyone.


Sascha Giese holds various technical certifications, including being a Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), Cisco Certified Design Associate (CCDA), Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA), VMware Technical Sales Professional (VTSP), AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner, and Network Performance Monitor and Server & Application Monitor SolarWinds Certified Professional® (SCP). He has more than 10 years of technical IT experience, four of which have been as a senior pre-sales engineer at SolarWinds. As a senior pre-sales engineer, Sascha was responsible for product training SolarWinds channel partners and customers, regularly participated in the annual SolarWinds Partner Summit EMEA, and contributed in the company’s professional certification program, SolarWinds Certified Professional.