Arnold Kell (21 years old) obtained an EQF Level 4 Certificate in IT Junior Specialist in 2018 at Pärnumaa Vocational Education Center, Pärnu, Estonia. Only one year after graduation he works as a DevOps Engineer in a software company in Estonia.
Could you briefly describe your current position?
Daily I work, in my spare time I develope my professional knowledge.
How did you get there?
After graduating I started working in a software company as a Junior System Administrator. When I applied for this work I asked one of my speciality teachers to reference me. He was happy to recommend me and this way I got my first professional job. After eight months I got promoted to DevOps Engineer positsion since I was a quick learner and from the start I had made good results. I still work for this company.
Looking back, what’s the most valuable aspect of your VET School experience?
In our school work we had to write different documentation which nobody really liked (including me) but our teachers emphasized that it is important activity when we will start our working life. When I started the real work life I understood that the teachers were right – good documentation skills are very important when you actually work.
Would you recommend your VET school to others? Why?
I would. We had many really good and with wide professional horizon teachers who knew what they were talking about and how to answer to students questions.
Do you (or would you like to) stay in touch with your former VET School? How? Why?
When some interesting venture is taking place then I probably would like.
Who is your greatest role model?
My greatest professional role model is probably Ken Thompson – one of the creators of UNIX operation system. He was one of the most innovative man whose legacy is the tools what I am using on at work on a daily basis.
What would be the next step in your professional career?
I would like to move more and more into architecture together with supplementing my professional horizon and to start working with more bigger and complex information systems.