Ovidiu Velica

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Hi there, I am Ovidiu.

Hello and Welcome! I'm Ovidiu, a self-taught Python programmer and enthusiastic IT professional. My journey in IT began around 1995 when I had my first encounter with a PC. From spending countless hours at internet cafes to visiting friends who had computers at home, my fascination with technology grew. In 1996, I got my own PC, and my excitement led me to an interesting experience—I accidentally deleted the operating system. Determined to fix it, I embarked on a self-taught journey to reinstall the OS, which turned out to be one of my most challenging moments. I felt a mix of excitement and fear because my parents had made a real effort to get that PC for me.

During my teenage years, my friends and I frequently gathered in houses or garages for LAN parties. It was during these gatherings that I found myself taking on the role of the designated system and network administrator. I was responsible for setting up the network and troubleshooting any issues with my friend's PC's. Initially, we had a local network, but as home internet became popular, we started hosting larger and longer LAN parties, ensuring that everyone had access to the internet as well.

But things got even crazier when we decided to go full-blown rebels. We hatched a plan, climbed a pole outside a friend's place, and hooked up a ridiculously long UTP cable to hijack the local internet provider's switch. With a little MAC address magic, we all scored internet access! It was a glorious and hilariously audacious feat, proving that when it came to LAN parties, we weren't just gamers—we were adventure seekers, tech whizzes, and champions of online connectivity!

Although I always aspired to pursue a career in IT, I didn't enroll in a Computer Science University. Instead, I obtained a bachelor's degree in Marketing and Economic Sciences. However, my passion for technology never waned, and I continued to learn and experiment with new technologies.

During my time in college, I secured my first job in Tech Support, which I saw as my entry point into the IT field. Unfortunately, I found the job to be extremely boring, and the opportunities seemed limited. Nevertheless, upon graduating, I had an idea to expand my family's business, online. Combining my knowledge of marketing and IT, I successfully created the company's online store.

In 2018, I founded my own company called Player One Gaming, an online retailer specializing in PC peripherals. I utilized my sharpened marketing, and IT skills to develop the store and establish a strong online presence.

At the beginning of 2023, in March, I made the decision to pursue my dream of working in the IT field and become a DevOps engineer. As part of my preparation, by the end of May 2023, I have already completed two Python courses on Udemy. You can see the projects that I've built so far on my GitHub page. My next steps include refreshing my knowledge of Linux, learning Bash, AWS, CI/CD, Ansible, Terraform, Docker, and Kubernetes.

Overall, my journey reflects an unwavering passion for IT and a continuous drive to learn and adapt to new technologies. Transitioning into a DevOps role aligns perfectly with my background and interests. I am excited to embark on this path and explore the possibilities it holds.

Skills

“Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power.”

Lao Tzu

Customer Support 100%
Python 90%
HTML & CSS 60%
SQL 40%
Computer Networks 70%
AWS 10%
Linux 75%
Road to DevOps 60%

Resume

“The right understanding of any matter and a misunderstanding of the same matter do not wholly exclude each other.”

Franz Kafka

Education

Marketing and Economic Science

2007 - 2010

Spirtu Haret University, Bucharest

Studied marketing and international economics affairs.

High-School

2003 - 2007

Mihai Eminescu High-School, Barlad

Philology major.

Certifications

100 Days of Code: The Complete Python Pro Bootcamp

Does not expire

Certificate Of Completion, Udemy

  • Completed 100 Days of Code Challenge by Angela Yu.
  • Uploaded the most important projects that I built during the course on GitHub.

The Complete Python Bootcamp From Zero to Hero in Python

Does not expire

Certificate Of Completion, Udemy

  • Completed the course by Jose Portilla.
  • You can see some of the projects I built on GitHub.

The Ultimate DevOps Bootcamp - 2023

Does not expire

Certificate Of Completion, Udemy

  • Completed the course by KodeKloud and Mumshad Mannambeth
  • Learned Linux, Networking Basics, GIT, Jenkins, Docker, Kubernetes, Ansible and Terraform.

Professional Experience

Administrator

2018 - Present

Player One Gaming

  • Designed and build the company's web store.
  • Sourced the market for premium and affordable merchandise and handled the import of such goods.
  • Successfully handled day-to-day operations of the business, overseeing inventory management, order processing, and customer support.
  • Implemented marketing strategies on various channels, including Ad-Words, SEO, Facebook, and Instagram, resulting in increased brand visibility and customer engagement.

Delivery Driver

2016 - 2017

Prospect Commercials(Amazon)

  • Delivered Amazon parcels in accordance with strict guidelines, ensuring accurate and timely deliveries to customers.
  • Managed and organized delivery routes efficiently, resulting in decreased delivery time and increased customer satisfaction.

General Assistant

2015 - 2016

Bartlett Mitchell London

  • Operated as a barista, consistently delivering high-quality coffee and excellent customer service.
  • Assumed additional responsibilities in different areas of the canteen as needed.
  • Worked the till system and restocked the coffee bar, ensuring a sufficient supply of ingredients and maintaining a clean and organized workspace.

On-Line Sales Manager

2011 - 2015

Liveli

  • Designed and built the company's web store.
  • Led social media marketing and advertising efforts, implementing strategies to increase brand visibility, drive website traffic, and generate sales leads.
  • Managed the end-to-end online sales process, including order processing, payment verification, and shipping logistics.
  • Provided exceptional customer service by promptly responding to inquiries, offering product information, and resolving complaints to ensure customer satisfaction.
  • Ensured the stock is always equal to the demand by constantly analyzing the sale stats and the physical stock.

Frontline Operator

2009 - 2010

RCS & RDS

  • Provided technical and commercial support to customers on issues related to internet connection, cable TV, mobile phones, and landline phones.
  • Covered all the major versions of Windows and OSX.
  • Maintained a customer focused attitude.

Contact

Location:

Romania

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