Staying connected and adapting to the ‘new normal’ remote working routine have been the key features of the Covid-19 pandemic. We caught up with our newest external employee for LATAM, IP Core Engineer Ricardo Desachy Pratt, for a candid chat about his Telco career so far, communicating during Covid, and his hopes for the future…
Firstly, please could you tell us a little about how you discovered Manning Global, plus your feelings about starting the new role (IP Core Engineer)?
It started with a phone call, then I read about your company and got very excited! I’ve been looking for a role like this [IP Engineer] for a while, so it’s great to finally get started!
How did you find the onboarding process Manning Global offers?
The process was easy – even in the middle of a global pandemic! The Talent Acquisition Managers at Manning Global were very helpful and kindly explained the tasks I’d be undertaking in the new role, which set my mind at ease straight away.
You have over four years’ career experience working in Network Engineering – how did you enter this field?
I’ve always had a passion for this profession – it started at high school, where I studied Technical Orientation for Telecommunication. This positive experience from an early age made me want to choose a career in Telecoms and I later graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications!
We hope you and your family are safe and well in Mexico City. How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected your work and family life?
Thank God, my health and my work has not been affected. Although instead of working at the office I’ve now started to work from home. Any change in life is difficult but it also brings the biggest benefits – I get to spend more time with my family!
How have you adapted to working from home? Feel free to highlight any changes in your routine…
I’ve adapted very quickly; I was already working from home one day a week, so adding four more days is fine. As for my fitness routine, not being able to run on the open road has been very difficult; I always like to be on the move, and love to exercise. I now train indoors and try to remain as active as possible.
What is your advice to someone considering a career in Telecoms?
Stay updated and be well prepared with certifications and languages… everything adds up! Always try to learn new skills and never give up, no matter how hard life gets! Be determined and focus on your method.
Are there any other countries in the world you would like to work?
I would love to work in Brazil one day.
What was your dream job as a child?
I wanted to be a pilot!
What was your first ever job?
Ice skating instructor.
Finally, what are your hobbies outside of work?
I’ve been doing triathlons for almost eight years now. I also like to play the piano and dance!