“I did a lot of learning outside of the coursework, tinkering with pint-sized Raspberry Pi computers in my spare time, learning to programme them, and experimenting with them as network control devices.
"I also learnt how to handle being outside of my comfort zone. I was a huge introvert, yet there were times where I had to present to my classmates and tutors. The course helped me to break out of my shell."
Nick was fast-tracked onto NMIT's Bachelor of Information Technology(external link) degree, opting to major in network infrastructure.
Those three years of study saw him develop his interest in cloud platform technologies, continue his after-hours learning, and hone his communication skills. As part of the course, Nick had to keep a blog, writing about what he’d learnt.
“You can’t write a blog post about something technical unless you understand it,” says Nick.
In the third year of his degree, Nick opted to take an internship, hungry as ever for practical experience.
“My partner was working as a physiotherapist in Wellington and she mentioned to me a customer who worked in IT.”
That chance encounter led to Nick becoming the first intern at a Wellington-based hosting and cloud specialist where he split his time between working on projects with the cloud and data centre teams.
“Before long, I was contributing to projects and working with customers. I was pretty much hooked from that point on.”
He started a YouTube explainer series, TechDox(external link), which is still going strong today, outlining what he has learnt. Nick’s passion for his work and his ability to communicate with others saw him named as one of the top young talents to emerge in New Zealand as part of Reseller News' 2020 Top 30 Under 30 Tech Awards.(external link)
A desire to get his teeth into larger projects and to gain experiences across the major cloud platforms, such as Amazon Web Services (AWS)(external link), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud(external link), is what led him to Datacom.
“I jumped into the deep end and production-ready work from the get-go. Immediately, I was working on a Google Cloud project. It was exactly what I wanted,” says Nick.