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What is job like?

By rebelweems ·
I have completed my first degree and recieved my A.A. in Networking. I am now pursueing Network Security Bachlores degree. I was wondering as I have heard from different sides of the networking admins world. Some say they love it, and its the best, while others are burnt out. I was hoping to tap into every ones wisdom and find out what it truely takes to handle being the Admin?

For example I was wondering how many meetings on average you must attend per week?

What seem to be the biggest repeating problems you seem to face and manage?

What makes your job frustraiting?

Do you have an accurate network map of all nodes and all layer 2 and 3 equipment?

Any advice, or experience you can share would be deeply apprecieated.

It is my greatest career desire to become an outstanding I.T. profesional. I am researching every aspect of networking, the good and the bad.

Thank you in advance Rebel

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This is all related to the Individual

by OH Smeg In reply to What is job like?

It all depends on why they work in this field and their temperament.

Those with a Short Fuse and who are in it for Easy Money are the ones that burn out as they do what's easiest now and do not take a long term view and burn out because they can not be bothered to do it properly the first time and make their lives easier in the Long Term.

Those that Love the work and are mistakenly called Perfectionists know that there is only one way to do the job and that is properly to begin with and this makes your life easier in the long run. Saving 5 minutes initially always ends up costing you days in the long run.

What seem to be the biggest repeating problems you seem to face and manage?

People taking shortcuts and they end up costing me much more time & effort.

What makes your job frustraiting?

People taking shortcuts and they end up costing me much more time & effort.

Do you have an accurate network map of all nodes and all layer 2 and 3 equipment?

I do on every LAN that I setup but many don't. This then requires time and lots of it and effort to fault find when things go wrong.

Any advice, or experience you can share would be deeply apprecieated.

Plan for the worst at all times and then when it doesn't happen you get some free time.

For example I was wondering how many meetings on average you must attend per week?

This depends on where you are working Government Offices you can attend meetings 24/7 and still have more to go to but in small Business the only time you get called in is when it don't work right. There is no hard & fast rule here it's an Individual thing related to the place you are working.

It is my greatest career desire to become an outstanding I.T. profesional. I am researching every aspect of networking, the good and the bad.

It's generally better to look at the company where you may be working. This is much more important that the actual work involved as if you have to fight like **** for everything you'll be unhappy where as if all you have to do is ask for something and you get Immediate Approval within reason you'll be happier. There is also the Culture of the Business that you need to take into account. Office Politics I find frustrating and counterproductive but some people like this. At least that is what I'm told.

Col

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Col speaketh the truth

by robo_dev In reply to This is all related to th ...

I quoted the excelent advice, Col gave, below:

"It's generally better to look at the company where you may be working. This is much more important that the actual work involved as if you have to fight like **** for everything you'll be unhappy where as if all you have to do is ask for something and you get Immediate Approval within reason you'll be happier. There is also the Culture of the Business that you need to take into account."

I've been in IT for more than 20 years. I've worked for criminals (computer brokers), small VARs, defense contractors, soft drink bottlers, banks, and even worked for private investigators and law enforcement.

Was it all 'IT'? Yes. But selling IBM mainframe memory for a broker, versus working for a two-man VAR (with their office next to a bar), or working for a big fortune 100 corporation are all waaaay different.

What was the most rewarding? Banks...good money, respect, professional people to work with.

Most fun: either defense contractors or doing cyber-crime stuff. Defense contractors let you see some cool stuff (in my case fighter jets), although their IT systems tend to be whacked.

Least Fun: working at Very small companies like computer brokers or small VARs. Typically there is one person who calls the shots...and if they are an _______, then your life is he__.

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I used to really like going for rides in

by OH Smeg In reply to Col speaketh the truth

Air Force Play Toys and I never worried about the releases I had to sign as I figured that the Aircraft where worth a lot more than those people where willing to pay to get rid of me.

Funny thing is that since I've been working IT I've seen a lot of Defense Play Toys and never been offered a ride in any of them. When I was working my way through Uni Fixing Sewing Machines I was always going for rides in Air Force Aircraft. Go Figure that one out I no longer try to understand it at all.

Col

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My sister was offered a ride in a F14

by robo_dev In reply to I used to really like goi ...

she refused

she said 'I get sick on roller coasters'

she was working on a simulator project for that bird.

I would give my right arm for the chance to do that.....darn, now the 'Danger Zone' song from the movie Top Gun is stuck in my head.

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LOL

by w2ktechman In reply to My sister was offered a r ...

my little bro got to travel in a BlackHawk -- during firing practice no less.
I got a few photo's of it, and missile launches

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thats very neat

by robo_dev In reply to LOL

Never been airborne in anything special myself....'cept my 1978 LeSabre when i hit a snowbank at 80mph, but that's another story.

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I missed a ride in a F16 because the Pollies showed up early

by OH Smeg In reply to My sister was offered a r ...

Only time since I started working IT that I was offered a ride in one of those Birds and I was all set to go and it was called off because the Government Minister for Defense showed up early for the official Hand over to the RAAF of the F16's.

I was standing in the Black Hawk Hanger latter that day watching them take off about 100 feet away they would go wheels up and then Vertical with the afterburner flames hitting the tarmac and spreading out as they gained height. Looked spectacular but I'm not quite sure just how much good it did to the Tarmac.

I had to settle for another ride in a Black Hawk that day which was still fun. :)

Col

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Get One and Find Out

by The Scummy One In reply to What is job like?

there are too many variables, especially with what your position will actually be!

each company will be a bit different in most regards, so go get a job and find out for yourself.

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People are not the same, nor are the jobs

by jdclyde In reply to What is job like?

Some could get burned out based on the people they work with, rather than getting burned out on the job it's self.

The first thing you have to do is make sure you are a good fit with the people and the work environment. IF that goes well, the actual work can be very interesting or very boring, depending on YOU and the way you look at things.

Also, expect as the new guy to be given the "crap jobs" for a while. The ones that no one else "likes".

Good luck.

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Every job and the associated culture is unique

by jtakiwi In reply to What is job like?

Traits of successful admins: Attention to detail, ability to resolve issues, play well with others, complete work on time, come up with solutions working with existing infrastructure (not always having to buy something to resolve issues), prioritizing work by business impact, not personal preference. Document, document, document changes, networks, conversations, vendor discussions, issues, problems, etc...

Regarding repeating problems; proper documentation of issues will allow trend analysis, helping resolve the problem so it doesn't become a recurring issue.

Meetings: depends on the organization. The larger, more regulated, the more meetings you will probably attend or even participate in.

Frustrating aspects, if you are easily frustrated, IT may not be the place for you. That said, dealing with telcos is probably the most frustrating aspect for an admin who has alot of remote sites to manage.

Mapping: Yes, accurate? Depends how vigilant you are in documenting changes to the environment.

The single thing you can do to increase your value to an organization is to be a willing participant in their problem solving process, be it an IT issue, or a business process problem.

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