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By monish.saini ·
I have been working for a freight forwarder as an Exports supervisor, then moved to sales and now into accounts. While for the past 8 yrs with the same company I've looked after all IT issues and basic admin work on the NT server (had Novell before). Since they have rolled me like a ball into diff. depts. it is getting a bit too boring as I'm more inclined towards IT. I've done Novell and NT4 admin. Now doing A+. Most of my experience was gained myself by problem solving as I was away thrown into the deep end and it has helped! It is becoming had to decide if I really wan't to move on to another pure IT based co. My existing employer has agreed to send me on N+ after I have cleared A+. I wan't to develop my own IT dept. in this co. but themanagement doesn't understand this point as we are a small company with 20 PCs. Also, there is salary issue as I believe I'm worth more!! Pls try to guide me in the right direction!!!

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by Ann777 In reply to Career change

You must decide what is best for you.

The fact that your company is willing to pay for further education is a plus. The fact that this company is a small company with 20 computers is a minus.

Salary is based on a number of factors, mainlyon the worth of your services to this company. You should be researching into what other companies in your area are paying for the type of services you provide to your current company. If that research supports your position and your salary+benefits (and include the cost of education into the benfits that your current employer is providing), then you should begin to seek other IT work. Boredom is bad!

It does not sound as if management wants it's own IT department, but you should have someone acting as backup... able to keep things going just in case. Hopefully they (management) can be made aware of that, and provide you with someone to train.

Whatever you decide, you should support this current company and be able to leave with the positive note of having done the best you could for them (in providing a technological backup person), and the best you could for yourself.

Good luck.

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by PENGUINSRULE In reply to Career change

You are probably in a position where you can move into IT leadership. I would really focus on demonstrating the value of IT to the business(s)
and you should be able to grow the department. If you can turn IT into a profit center, then you've really accomplished a lot with your little group of 20 pc's. Brainstorm and think of ways you can do this.

Wish you the best.

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by Virtual IT Professional In reply to Career change

I have been in the consulting side working with companies such as what you have described. You are not alone, most comanies of the size that you mention are not comfortable with what the IT world demands of the small company budget. It is also normal for a junior network administrator to desire stronger wages. I fear that you will not be happy with your current employer unless they have something/womeone that can help them to understadn that actual value verses expense of the IT department. I see this normally happening around the 50+ range and then not really taking hold at the CEO/CFO desk until a catastrophe... unfortunately, such a catastrophe often ends in your dismissal... Sorry... My guess would be to be quiet about your desires andget as much education as you can. Document every project that you manage and get letter of recomendation from your peers and those in supervisory roles. This would be my best advice. Good Luck!
Jeff

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by maxwell edison In reply to Career change

Put together a "business plan", and approach the challenge as though you would run your business (the IT department) within the bigger business (your company). Show them how you can improve the product, the process or the profit.

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