A Liquid Web Linux Support Technician on the power of family, loving the people you work with, and being unafraid to go after the life and career you want.
In a high school photoshop class, Annacani Ramos’ love of technology was born when she put new skills to use repairing an old photograph of her grandparents. This act combined her love of family and her aspirations to learn continually. It also planted the seeds that would eventually lead her to a career in technology.
Ramos is from the outskirts of Laredo, Texas, a little town called Rio Bravo situated on the banks of the Rio Grande River where she lived with her family. “I grew up with a single-parent working mom and spent most of my days with my grandmother along with my younger brother and sister,” says Ramos. “My first language was Spanish, which continued to be my dominant language until I went to high school.” In Laredo, Ramos attended a magnet school in Business & Technology where she developed an interest in technology, played sports year-round to stay active, and worked part-time to cultivate her independence.
Though she now lives in San Antonio (where she will run her first half-marathon in December), her ties to Laredo are still powerful, thanks to her love of her family and the city’s authentic Mexican food.
Motivated by her family and a desire for continual growth, her favorite quote by John Lennon sums up her philosophy: I’m not really a career person; I’m a gardener, basically. Ramos isn’t interested in getting caught up in titles and status. “I like to think of myself as a gardener too,” says Ramos, “because I love to grow mentally, emotionally, and spiritually, wherever those paths may take me.”
Upon graduating high school, Ramos dedicated herself to finding a career that offered her abundant chances to expand her skill sets and embrace learning opportunities. Before turning to tech, she worked as a 911 operator, a personal trainer, and even attended the University of Texas in San Antonio, where she received her Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology. “Right after I obtained my teaching certification, I became a 2nd Grade Teacher in San Antonio for two years, then taught Kindergarten for three, and finally 6th Grade for a year after that,” says Ramos, “but my passion for technology still ate at me.”
Unable to rid herself of her interest in computers, Ramos took classes that would allow her to take part in the Open Cloud Academy, where she fell in love with Linux. “The education at Open Cloud Academy was so hands-on. I was able to network with technology enthusiasts. Once I completed my course and became a Red Hat Certified System Administrator, I applied to Liquid Web to become a Helpful Human in Hosting as a Linux Support Technician.”
Ramos loves that in tech, growth is often tangible. “The results are noticeable,” she says. “You can test and configure until you achieve the desired result, which can then be measured.” Her favorite part of her career in tech, though, is working alongside her colleagues at Liquid Web. “I get to be one of The Most Helpful Humans in Hosting™! And my colleagues live up to the name— even within the company. They are so helpful and easy to talk to.”
Making the leap from education to technology was a huge step and one that Ramos is grateful she took. “I wanted to be somewhere that I could learn more. I’ve discovered that, in this industry, learning never stops. I love to see a project at its small beginnings, to nurture its progress, and to be able to take part in that kind of growth. I try to apply this not only to my career in tech, but also to people. It’s a good way to build relationships, tending to what you can. As a parent, too, I’ve learned that I don’t need to be Mom of the Year, just the best mother I can be.”
It is her role as a parent that keeps her motivated, keeping her two-year-old daughter in mind in everything she does. “She loves to read books, play outside, and make friends. My daughter and my family are the reasons I keep moving forward and continue to learn and grow to strive to be a better person,” Ramos says.
Ramos is excited for what the future holds and hopes that women in technology will continue to guide and support one another. For those interested in tech and considering a career change, Ramos offers words of encouragement saying, “Go for it! Get clear about what you want and keep moving forward, no matter what comes your way. Follow through. You never regret taking a chance on the life you want.”