Our How I Got Here series spotlights the stories of team members who have successfully grown their careers here at McAfee. This journey features Jeremy whose passion for learning has seen him grow his career in our Technology Services Team.
My McAfee career journey
In 2015, I started as a contract worker to help manage network cabling in McAfee’s buildings. While I was doing that, I was also asked to help manage our voice network (think of this as phones and conference lines) for North and South America. A year after working in both of those roles, I was asked to focus on voice network engineering. After a couple of years, I began training as an engineer for our audio-visual workspace, which helps bring efficiency and centralization to our conference room communications and collaboration tools. And today, I am a Unified Communications Engineer!
My other role within McAfee is Co-President of the McAfee Veterans Community. I absolutely love the community of veterans from around the globe and our community allies. It’s a wonderful group of people who are always willing to serve their local communities. We have hosted inspiring guest speakers, and volunteer events, and continue to hold monthly virtual Coffee Talks and Happy Hours.
A typical day?
I don’t believe that I’ve ever had a typical workday. One moment I’m entering new employees into our systems, and the next I’m providing backend call-center support. I also help run our big Microsoft Teams live events. And, of course, I troubleshoot communications issues as they arise.
I truly enjoy working with the Technology Services team and especially the Voice and Video Team. Being able to collaborate with such wonderful teams is a really rewarding part of my role.
Changing my career
For about a decade in my previous role, I managed a team doing general upkeep in computer systems and I felt really comfortable doing that! I joined McAfee to do a similar role, but shortly afterward I was asked to pivot to more of an engineering role. It was a bit overwhelming at first, but luckily the team I was with was very helpful and supportive of my learning curve. Even though it was out of my comfort zone, I’m so glad I was given the opportunity – it has blessed mine and my family’s life!
My advice for anyone looking to drive their career forward is
To never stop learning. There is ALWAYS something to learn and someone who can mentor you. I believe that if you are surrounded by smart people (and pay attention), you can’t help but learn and grow! I absolutely love to learn, so this has been one of top of the reasons why I have loved my job since my very first day.