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changing from military to civilian

By mcdowell ·
I'm currently in the arny with nine years experience in computer repair and upgrade,LANs, PC configuration, information security, helpdesk,and telecomunictions. I'll be leaving the army soon and was wondering with my experince what field should I be looking at. All my training is through the military or self taught.

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There is hope

by Black Panther In reply to changing from military to ...

I left the Air Force in 1985 after a six year stint. Whilst I was in we costantly talked about how hard it might be to find employment after leaving.

I am lucky enough now to have a Government job in IT and have no UNI degree - have learnt from the school of hard knocks.

To tell you my personal opinion I believe that Qualifications aren't everything -- ( not saying they do not help ) but I would back experience anyday.

Personal characteristics and attitude have just as much say as qualifications and experience.

Good luck

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Apply for IT in a government position

by pgm554 In reply to There is hope

Being EX miltary gives you a step up in the bid process.

IT sucks right now in the private sector and isn't getting any better.(Hear that GW?)

You get gravy points for being a vet,use it to your advantage.

Not much downsizing in the GOV these days.

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One more year and then it's all down hill to becoming a 20 yr. man.

by sleepin'dawg In reply to Apply for IT in a governm ...

Think carefully before you jump. A pension is nice insurance to have when the job markets tighten up as they tend to do from time to time.

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jumping is what got me here

by mcdowell In reply to One more year and then it ...

I'm sorry but I forgot to mention that I'm alrady retiring with 50% of my base paY and all my benefits not something I'm proud of because I 'm being medically discharged do to a back injury that lead to a failed fusion. I'm still able to do the office work but physical and tactical training are not something I'm still able to do bcecause of the haerdware in my back. Believe me I'm proud to this country and will be sad very sad when come time to leave the brothers I have mad. What I'm to figure out is what would be a good field for me to go into with my skills learned in the military. I Would like to thank you for your advice alot of t hese young guys have this impression that the grass is greener if you know what I mean.

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IT After military

by jkellock In reply to jumping is what got me he ...

I suggest contacting ISPs, vendors, and contractors who do military work. Your familiarity with the systems would be and advantage, as will any security clearances you have or may be able to obtain more easily with the military background. And you wouldn't have to go cold turkey on the military environment you feel you'd miss in retirement.

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Higher standards

by ashembers In reply to IT After military

It's been my experience as a Ghost support tech that when I would speak to the military admins, they always held themselves (or were held by their superiors) to a higher standard than the regular certified admins. You all had more ducks in a row, thought ahead more often, and tested more. I felt envious of your environment, though it must have been stressful - it most likely taught you good habits more often than not. Be cognizant of that - it is your edge over the rest of us. Any company worth its weight in salt would see that.

-Dan

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Certifications may help

by drfthompson In reply to IT After military

I was released from active duty after 12 years and finished up my 22 years in the reserve. Without at least an A+ certification, you may have trouble getting an entry-level job in the civilian sector with the job market as it is today. If you have documentable skills in network administration and network security, you might have a shot. Especially if you know someone in the organization you want to join. According to Federal Computer Week, the government may have jobs available and will give you points for your military experience.

On the whole, having certifications (MCSE, MCSA, A+, Network+, etc. can give you an edge over other, less qualified candidates. Use your GI Bill to get the necessary certifications.

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IT After military

by fireIT In reply to IT After military

Many of the ideas offered so far are very good points, in my opinion. I spent three years doing IT for the Army until last December, and was trying to decide between that and my current field. Believe it or not, the thing that got me hired on the DoD fire department, was my military IT skills (same as you, all hands-on experience and self learned). Yes, my fire certs helped, but they were looking for someone that knew the systems, the DOIM personnel, etc.
That said, your military background check won't transfer over, you will still have to re-do that at CPOC, but like everyone said, the vet. pref helps, along with the knowledge of the equip.
Feel free to shoot me an email offline if you wish.

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IT After military

by fireIT In reply to IT After military

Many of the ideas offered so far are very good points, in my opinion. I spent three years doing IT for the Army until last December, and was trying to decide between that and my current field. Believe it or not, the thing that got me hired on the DoD fire department, was my military IT skills (same as you, all hands-on experience and self learned). Yes, my fire certs helped, but they were looking for someone that knew the systems, the DOIM personnel, etc.
That said, your military background check won't transfer over, you will still have to re-do that at CPOC, but like everyone said, the vet. pref helps, along with the knowledge of the equip.
Feel free to shoot me an email offline if you wish.

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Be Comforted by your skills

by brownst38 In reply to IT After military

As a retiree (7 years). And remaining around military installations I have been able to build a second career in IT. Having the DOD contractors pay for my MCSE educational benefits. And when the IT market was dry I have been able to fall back to my military skills for employment.

Some areas of employment to be wary of; IT contractor at Navy sites. With current NMCI staffing the pay is not even to industry standards, although it would give you a valuable starting point to get the certification using educational benefits provided by some contractors.

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