The Latest Cisconian – My Daughter!



I really like the place I work. As a Product Supervisor at Cisco, I get to affect and alter the way in which individuals connect with the community. However how a lot do I really like the place I work? Sufficient to carry my daughter to work!
Though, I feel I took the time period “carry your child to work” to the subsequent stage. It’s possible you’ll be considering, like many dad and mom, that I generally would carry my youngsters to work with me for annual celebrations the place they may see what their dad and mom do in the course of the day. And, whereas my youngsters have visited the Cisco workplaces and took part in Deliver Your Children to Work Day, this can be a completely different story.
You see, one in all Cisco’s latest workers is my daughter Dana! She is working for the Silicon One workforce – they’re the workforce who builds the one unifying structure that runs inside Cisco routers and switches, and consider it or not, Dana will not be even 18 but!

However first issues first. How did we get right here?
Again in February 2018 at Cisco Dwell Barcelona, I had dinner with my colleagues. Simply as I used to be about to chunk into one in all my favourite tapas dishes – Pan a la Catalana (toasted bread with tomatoes) – I bought the next WhatsApp message, “Dad, if I wish to see the route between two hosts, ought to I take advantage of the Traceroute command?”
It was my then 14-year-old daughter, Dana. Up till this level in her life, her foremost laptop use case was for taking part in The Sims. I assumed (jokingly, after all), “Who the hell are you and the place is my actual daughter?”
I stepped outdoors the restaurant to name Dana and make sure it was really her asking me this query. She defined the inspiration for her inquiry. Throughout math class, representatives of a program known as “Magshimim” (Achievement) have been searching for new recruits for a three-year program that will happen after faculty hours. This system is a nationwide cyber schooling program aiming to excel in cyber-tech, equipping the younger college students with information and instruments for a future high-tech profession. She wished to affix, and I supported her. I may need even been excited for her newfound curiosity!
After 3 very intensive years, Dana discovered a ardour for know-how. And on prime of enhanced math, physics & laptop science lessons she studied throughout faculty hours, she additionally studied hacking, SQL, python, java, C, meeting, computer systems structure and extra. Throughout her commencement ceremony, she was one of many college students who was chosen to ship a speech and I couldn’t have been extra proud.
I shared that story on Linkedin, considering that each father needs that his youngsters will probably be extra profitable than him, by no means considering the place this would possibly lead.
A Silicon One workforce member, Yael, noticed my put up. Yael, who has two youngsters that graduated from the identical program, knew what youngsters from this program are able to, and despatched me a message, “Does Dana wish to work for Cisco?”
The remaining is Historical past. Or perhaps the long run?
Working for Cisco permits me to vary the lifetime of hundreds of thousands of individuals I’ll by no means know – individuals who use the product I handle, the Identification Providers Engine (ISE), with out even understanding that they’re utilizing it. They’re merely individuals who anticipate to hook up with the community to get their job performed.
However Cisco additionally gave me the chance to vary the life of 1 very crucial particular person – my very own daughter Dana. I’m so proud that we each now get to say that we love the place we work!
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