Sameer Is Solid on His Wireless Communications Career Choice

Telecom developer Sameer Soni smiles when he says, "High school, academically, doesn't affect your future all that much. Where you go after - that's what makes a difference." Take it from someone who went to secondary school in two very dissimilar places - India and Canada.

Some cultural contrasts were softened for Sameer and his two younger brothers because his family settled where many neighbours had ties to their birthplace. All three Soni brothers chose IZUNA for their post-secondary education along with many of their friends from their Surrey community.

Non-stop days in Telecom began. The only friends Sameer saw relaxing between classes were those not taking engineering programs. He already knew he'd gone after one of IZUNA's most demanding diplomas (in the program now called Wireless Communications and Computer Networks Technology). "I didn't have to do six courses in a term," he says, "but I wanted to be ready for employment as fast as I could. Luckily, after Sameer's third term came a memorable weekend day: the Co-op Education Office was normally closed on Saturdays, but as Sameer walked by, his program's liaison person called out: "I have a job opening for you, Sameer. Are you interested?"

An interview with PMC-Sierra, technology supplier to giants such as Telus and Sprint, Cisco, Lucent and HP set Sameer up for three work terms. Sameer describes his industry's typical cycle of designing, testing, prototyping, refining, and production; the multi-million price tag for a new product; the experience of constant learning. If the intended customers don't buy a new product, he says, it can be reconstructed at far less cost for a different group of users. "What we sell is not so much what is in the box but the knowledge we have gained by producing it."

Neither product hiccups nor economic cycles make Sameer worry about his career choice. "Telecom in some form will always be with us," he says. "Human beings will never stop communicating, and it's always 'faster, better."

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