In a week, I will be entering my last quarter of tech school before I obtain my Associate Degree in Computer Networking Systems. I realize these days an AS isn’t enough, as employers are looking for BS’s coupled with certifications and already-existent “real world” experience. I would like to pick up a part-time IT-related job while working my normal job, just so I can get my foot in the door. Maybe even an internship. I am being realistic when I say that I am going to take a pay cut once I break into the IT field. However, my current job is a little too dangerous and I would rather spend my time dealing with the ever-changing world of computers than the ever-dangerous world of crime and punishment. At my current job, our tech division does allow internships (although they are located about 2 hours away from where I am located) but the current administration (Govenor), has somewhat put a stop to that and has cut many of the state IT jobs. In particular, networking. This obviously is a shame because the state is so large and has so many users. I have no idea what administration is thinking. Nonetheless, it will be a journey which I will gladly keep everyone posted. I am ready to start anywhere and willing to start anything. I am always open to learning new things and the more I know, the better.
In addition to working a full-time job (not related to IT) and going to school full-time, I now have a new part-time job. This happens to be in the IT field. I officially started today & worked a ten-hour shift. The time flew by & I finally got a chance to apply what I have learned so far at school in a real-life situation. Er, should I say for a business. I will be working this job on the nights I won’t be at school and also during the weekends. At least I won’t be bored around the house anymore and will get a chance to show my abilities. So far my new employer is extremely impressed.