Mon 25 Sep 2017

Nathan's one of three of the best

Nathan Grange thinks being made redundant from his job in Auckland was a blessing in disguise.

It prompted a series of decisions which resulted in him leaving the big smoke for Taranaki, enrolling at WITT – and finishing third in an international competition.

Nathan, nearing the end of a Level 5 Diploma in IT technical support where he has consistently scored A+ marks, entered the Cisco Networking Academy NetRiders competition, which tests students’ knowledge on computer support ranging from knowing the minimum specifications for a Windows install through to the difference between a northbridge and a southbridge on a motherboard.

He was one of 160 to pass the first round of the Asia-Pacific competition, and the only one from New Zealand, then backed that up with an overall third placing behind students from Indonesia and Singapore. A total of 153 students were in the running in the second round. Nathan won a $US295 voucher.

Cisco Systems is an American multinational – the largest networking company in the world - which develops networking hardware and telecommunications equipment.

Nathan worked for Auckland Libraries for more than a decade before drawing the redundancy straw in 2016.

He opted to move to New Plymouth, where his parents had recently moved from Wellington, and upskill at WITT.

“Being made redundant was probably the best thing that could have happened to me,” he said.

He will be pitching for a job as a tech trouble shooter on a help desk, but would like to do a more advanced course at WITT if he can.

Nathan, who also dabbles in magic, has embraced his new surroundings – he worked as a lighting designer for shows in Stratford and at the New Plymouth Little Theatre last year and in August this year assisted with backstage electrics for Mary Poppins.

He is also attempting to establish a board game community here.

To the uninitiated, that means games like Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, Pandemic, Glass Road and Raiders of the North Sea, where players are challenged to solve problems.

 It’s a step up from your Monopoly board game where the sole aim is to eliminate other players.