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From Microbes to Fibre Optics via Melbourne

1 year ago · 6 min read
The best aspect of the job is each network or town you are working on is different with its own unique challenges which keeps the work interesting.
From Microbes to Fibre Optics via Melbourne

Have you ever wondered just what its like to work for one of Northern Ireland's fastest growing companies?

Our Fibre Planner, Aisling Cusack, tells us a little bit more about herself and just what it means to be a Fibre Planner.

  • Give a brief outline of your career to date

I started of working as a Microbiologist for Coca-Cola followed by a Microbiology job in Allergan Pharmaceuticals. I spent 5 years travelling between New York, London and Melbourne where I worked in various microbiology and business-based jobs. I arrived home at the end of 2018 and I was given the chance to work as a fibre planner with Fibreplanning Ltd, where I began learning the ropes of the industry. 

  • What was your favourite subject at school?

Maths. I've always enjoyed problem-solving, using critical thinking and coming up with a plan to solve it.

  • Did you go on to further/higher education? If so, what did you study and where?

I went to National University of Ireland Galway and I have a Bsc in Microbiology.

  • How did you get into your area of work?

By chance really, the job with Fibreplanning presented itself after I had been travelling and at that time I was looking for a new challenge.

  • Is this what you always wanted to do?

No, I didn’t really know what I wanted however I am really glad I have got into this field of work. I find it really interesting and challenging. I think it works well with my problem solving skills!

  • Were there any particular qualifications, or experience needed?

I don’t believe they need particular qualifications, at least 2/3 years experience in a similar role in a telecoms company would definitely help. We are actually growing our team and looking for a new Fibre planner. Check out the detail on the careers section of our site!

  • What are the main skills your job requires?

Problem solving, communication, teamwork and attention to detail.

  • What does a typical day entail?

A typical day varies, one day I could be on a site visit to carry out a survey whereas the next I am updating existing network designs. You get to deal with a lot of people in the business from sales teams to the contractors on the road which helps you get a real understanding of the whole company and not just your job at hand.

  • What are the best and most challenging aspects of the job?

The best aspect of the job is each network or town you are working on is different with its own unique challenges which keeps the work interesting. 

  • How has COVID-19 impacted your business/role?

The main impact would be having to work from home, however I am lucky with this job that there are some site visits for surveying which gets you out of the house the odd time which can make it feel like a pre-COVID work environment (ensuring all the social distancing and safety measures are abided by of course).

  • What adjustments have you had to make?

Aside from not seeing colleagues in person every day, I had to quickly turn my spare room into an office. Though now I really glad I got the opportunity to do so.

  • Why is what you do important?

It's the 21st century and yet we still have homes in Northern Ireland with such poor connectivity they cannot order their shopping online. So working to ensure as many people as possible are connected to fast and reliable fibre optic broadband, especially in these challenging times, is vital, and rewarding.

  • What advice would you give anyone looking to follow a similar career path

I would advise them to apply for a role in Fibrus as it is a challenging yet extremely rewarding working environment. With Fibrus you get to experience the friendly and tight knit community aspect where everyone works together while also getting to work on large scale projects that will further your career. 

  • What is the one piece of advice you would give yourself on your first day?

To relax and not to panic and arrive an hour and half early for work. I may have overestimated how bad the traffic would be. 😊

If you are interested in joining our the Fibrus Team, as a Fibre Planner, or across our other departments, check out the current vacancies at