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NGT Hosts First Ever Virtual Conference + Career Forum and You’re Invited!

NGT Hosts First Ever Virtual Conference + Career Forum and You’re Invited!

NGT LIVE 2020 Is Just Around The Corner

You know when the Marvel Cinematic Universe came together in Endgame for one of the most epic collaborations of all time? Heroes fighting alongside one another for the good of the world, big purple evil dude, portals—it was an event to remember. How would you have liked to be a part of it? Well, we don’t have an evil purple guy to defeat, nor is this the end of half of the civilization as we know it (although this COVID thing sometimes feels like it). However we do have an awesome virtual event we are launching this year, NGT LIVE! It is chock-full of insight from tech industry leaders, inspiring career stories, powerful sessions designed to level up our mindset. Avengers? Yeah, they’re cool, but with presentations from senior leaders from Amazon, Microsoft, Comcast, the U.S Airforce, our very own Terry Kim, and many more — we assure you you’re in good company. 

NexGenT is dedicated to placing 1 million people in tech jobs by 2030 and you get a front-row seat to the epic show, plus the tools and community to support and guide you! Whether you’re just getting started in IT or are ready to level up this event was designed for YOU!

Join us on December 10th & 11th for Next Generation Technologies Virtual Conference + Career Forum. Tell your friends, tell your colleagues, your classmates, heck tell your Mom—she may not be interested but I’m sure she’d be proud.



Day 1 Of The Conference

Day 1 is stacked high with virtual stages — one main stage for product showcases and keynotes, and four subject matter tracks. Cybersecurity: This track showcases real-life case studies and frameworks on keeping your company safe, arms IT leaders with the latest strategies, cyber expert insights, and best practices to govern and mitigate cybersecurity risks. NGT LIVE virtual conference Full Stack Network Engineering: A critical evolution in today’s IT landscape to address the entire stack we see in enterprise infrastructures. Tune in to learn how to upskill your team (or yourself) to embody this holistic skill set. It’s like earning the infinity gauntlet of NetWork Engineering.  Cloud Engineering: As more enterprises migrate to the cloud, a unique set of opportunities and challenges has arisen. We will explore the latest tools and trends that will help accelerate the enterprise adoption of the cloud. Embody the innovation of Iron Man by honing this skill. Leadership: This track is dedicated to leadership topics and will feature lessons and advice from distinguished thought leaders across the private and public sectors. Become the Captain America of the IT world!

Day 2 – The Career Forum 

Day 2 is an exclusive talk from a special guest, industry professionals, inspiring career stories, and panel discussions, all emceed by Zach Hill — creator of IT Career Questions on YouTube. This will include topics focused on building your career, learning how to train like a champion, opportunities to connect with recruiters and potentially submit a resume (so have that ready if you’re attending and looking for opportunities!), and personal development strategies. This day is all about leveling up and becoming a rockstar engineer whether you are moving into a senior role or looking to launch your career!

Get Tickets

Ready to skip out on FOMO?


Tickets are FREE for the first 2500 registrants This grants access to day 1 of the event, a full day of industry leaders speaking across all four subject matter stages. Attendees can access virtual lounges and interact with other attendees, select speakers, and representatives from some of our conference partners and sponsors, plus the potential to submit a resume!


We’ve also added some sweet deals to the premium ticket.  What’s included in Premium?

  • Access to Day 2 of the event, the Career Forum
  • $250 credit toward NGT training programs.
  • 50% Discount for NGT LIVE 2021 (Prices will go up next year)
  • Access to the recorded 2020 NGT LIVE Talks after the event (So if you aren’t available on December 10-11, you can still get access to all presentations from day 1 and day 2 afterward)

… AND for all these benefits included, a premium ticket is still ONLY $39! It’s almost a no brainer!


As a company co-founded by veterans and built around helping veterans transition into the civilian sector through IT, we have made registration for both days 1 and 2 free to all veterans. This special ticket is available on the Eventbrite registration page and can be secured with verification of your military id number.  NexGenT students and alumni also receive free access to both days 1 and 2 as well. Students and alumni can check their inbox for an email from NexGenT with the special link to purchase tickets. If you search and do not see this in your inbox, you can reach out to for registration assistance.

Mark Your Calendar 

We encourage you to join in as one of the first 2500 registrants and reserve your free spot now before spaces run out!   Join us and come together with like-minded people and industry leaders who are ready to guide and launch you into the career of your dreams–made real. We can’t wait to see you.

From Plumber to NOC Technician | People Of Zero To Engineer

From Plumber to NOC Technician | People Of Zero To Engineer

Craig Fowler was a plumber with an eye on the future, and now he’s an NOC technician at Thinktank NTG.

But let’s zoom out, back to the beginning: Craig had ambitions towards the radio, and he knew he needed to have a background in networking.

With this in mind, he started at The University of Phoenix for networking and telecommunications. He didn’t complete his education there–he was looking for something more, but he wouldn’t realize what that “more” was until later.

He found himself in a plumbing role because he was attracted to the hands-on aspect of it. During this time, he was sent a network test from a contracting company. The winds were changing.

He made such an impression with his testing scores that they said he could work with them anytime, a lifetime guarantee.

This experience sparked Craig’s inspiration to get back into networking. “Okay,” Craig thought, hope rising in his chest, “this must be telling me something.”

Enter stage left: A well-timed NexGenT Instagram ad for our Net+ course. He was hooked immediately.

Along with his career path changing, Craig also made a move to Indiana from Florida, and in the midst of that, started applying for networking jobs– he was going after his gut feeling with all he had.

He started with CompTIA and was excited to learn about Net+ as well as the variety of career paths available. Terry and Jacob’s teaching style spoke to him on every level.

“I enjoyed plumbing, it was lovely working there, but I knew it wasn’t what I wanted to do.” Craig confided, reminiscing on his time in that field.

Craig, after answering the call to go deeper into NexGenT, was grateful for how in-depth the course goes after Net+ (our entry-level certification). When Craig joined our Zero to Engineer course he was glad to be covering CCNA and CCNP.

Variety can make or break a course, and NexGenT delivered by offering the hands-on IT experience he was looking for—it provided the talking points he needed to land interviews and feel confident discussing what he had worked on.

The level of confidence you have in your skills can make all the difference in an interview. It’s about how you present your knowledge.

The project-based approach we take is one of the main aspects that separates us from more traditional paths.

The three projects required to pass the FSNP Advanced Course

Craig, on looking back over his time at The University of Phoenix, “I was at Phoenix for four years and didn’t come close to what I learned from NexGenT.”

Now that he’s seen and felt the difference, he’s not looking back.

“It changed my life. There’s a blueprint now,” Craig said, his enthusiasm evident, “It’s all starting to come to fruition.”

Download our 5 Step PDF Guide to Becoming a Network Engineer

Looking ahead has a whole new meaning now, a new framework.

“That’s the great thing about NexGenT, the core course, the network engineering course. It’s getting you ready to achieve your goals.”

Every journey to completing a goal has its trials and challenges.

In the program, he would come up against confusion. Even while going through the project he would find himself struggling to troubleshoot and complete a task properly.

Instead of giving up, Craig recognized that he was being given the tools to succeed in an environment that would encourage his skillset to expand which ultimately helped him land his NOC Technician role.

“That’s when you get that ‘Ah-ha!’ moment—’okay, I can do this.’”

Because of that confidence and future-thinking, Craig was able to give a straightforward answer in interviews. “They asked me, what do you see yourself being in 5 years? I said a senior network engineer.”

Quick Tip From Craig: If you’re feeling stuck, keep pushing, go back to studying, don’t get discouraged. You’ll do a lot of interviews, a lot of them will be over the phone. That’s okay because they’re searching for the ones who know what they’re talking about. Keep moving forward. Remember to look for opportunities to learn.

Craig on why he recommends NexGenT, “You’re going to learn well and beyond what you think you’re going to learn.”

“It gives you the full-force experience, hands-on.” He continued, “You’ll take on a project that you can utilize in your interviews.” You’ll be able to talk about the immersion and the practice that you have under your belt.

“There’s a coaching call every week!” Craig said, “They’re giving you quality and quantity at the same time.”

“Thanks to NexGenT, I have succeeded and will be a lifetime learner.”

We’re always looking for ways to better support our students, and it’s great to hear that they feel it.

And that, right there, is what it’s all about.