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How much is your time worth?

By TechieRob ·
Hey guys

I am in a bit of a dilemma at the moment in regards to my income - or lack of it moreso...

Though I am young in the field of IT (19) I do bring quite a substansial amount of technical experience to my job. I am a one support tech for three sites and several independent computer applications; and since I have been here I have had to overhaul and establish new policies regarding security and stability. I have successfully implemented and configured many applications like MSUS, MSISA and MSSBE 2000 which were previously untouched. Since I have been around; all systems have been relatively happy and production has increased - having a local support tech does pay off afterall.

I also run several processes to keep our 3 seperate dynamic information (inventory stocklist) up to date on a daily basis. My workload is huge - I work 43 hour weeks and I am on call the rest of the time. My holidays I have been called in to fix major network hassles (nice going away present :p)

Which brings me to my problem... My moral is at an all time low and my stress is at a constant all time high. I am very skilled at my job but naturally do not enjoy it 100%. I feel obligated to stick where I am due to my knowledge and constant reliance...

Is it worth being in such a situation for just $10.52 AUD an hour? Technically I am still a full time temp but I could probably get more $$ stacking shelves at the supermarket

Any thoughts?

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by LiamE In reply to How much is your time wor ...

Put yourself in your boss's position. If he can get away with having all his IT nightmares sorted out for $10 an hour why the **** would he rock the boat?

Have a chat with your boss. If he's happy with your work - and there sounds like there's no reason he shouldnt be - its time to make the work permanent and get a realistic pay package together. If you can't come to an agreement its time to take a deep breath and take your skills elsewhere.

If you do have to move on, certifications will stand you in good stead. A+ is a good start - Network+, Server+, MCP and so on if you can. Certs together with experiance at your stage in your career will get you going places fast.

Good luck,

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