Name: Mikey Kenney

Age: 32

City/town: Hamilton

What’s your job? I run my own IT business – called ITvirtue because I can do virtually anything with IT.

How did you get into this line of work? I was a tradie – a tiler – but my knees and back were wrecked from it as well as from skateboarding so I went to study information and communications technology at polytech – was offered a job as a systems engineer at tech, did that for a bit, then went on my OE. I then came back and finished my degree in applied information technology at Wintec in Hamilton. After that I decided to go out on my own.

What does a typical working day look like for you? I’m still in the start-up stages working from home here in Dinsdale, and will move HQ to a building after I go to Europe in May. I may go to Auckland and start up there. In between working on my two Valiants I’m doing up, I’ve mostly been fixing laptops and PCs, setting up people’s Office suites, backups and upgrading their networks. 

What qualifications or training did you need? A diploma and degree in IT.

What are the best bits about the job? Being able to learn all the new technology. 

What are the worst bits about the job? Probably how dirty computers are – inside of them is always filthy. It’s how they work, they suck in the dust and get really dirty.

What is your biggest career goal? I’d like to be able to work remotely from anywhere in the world. So I can be in Egypt and if my client has a problem they call me, I connect via a hotspot remotely to their computer and they can see me on there fixing things. 

If you weren’t doing this job, what would you most likely be doing? Laying tiles. I’ve always got my trade to fall back on.

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