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By calbrit01 ·
Very lack lustre report, does not tell any one thinking about a career as a sys admin anything about the job. In fact, I had to read it twice to be convicned the person writing this had ever been a sys admin.

Anyway, I have been a Systems Engineer for over 15 years, I have a Masters and Bachelors from British universities, and I now work in California.
Firstly education. I believe you dont necessarily need a formal college education. in the UK, most of my collegues did not have degrees, but in the US all have at least a Bachelors (Regular US bachelors = HND ). You do need to be able to learn however, often quickly and often under pressure.

Interest. You have to love what you do. That goes for any job, but especially IT. If you can't handle a few consecutive late nights or 2:00am calls to fix a problem, and get satifaction at fixing it, this isnt the job for you.

Aptitude. You have to have aptitude. If you can't follow a script, or a network diagram, or a flowchart, or engineer solutions using tape and string, or use a socket and screwdriver or understand a SQL DBA's/Developers issues then pass this job by.

Attitude. Get it done, and love the challenge. If someone comes to you with a problem, youve got to be able to see all the solutions, from those involving string, to elaborate systems solutions.

Communicative. You need to be able to explain yourslef clearly and concisely to technical and non techincal folks. When it comes to execs you need to understand money and your business in order to get new projects, equipment - or at least be able to clearly lay out a proposal for you manager so he/she can best sell the budget/spend.

Did I mention you have to love what you do? You better if your going to spend 8+ hours a day doing it - dont do it for the money, cause you will soon get found out.

For me, I love the variety, I seek out the challenges, I contribute to the efficiency and ROI of the business. They know we are here, not just for the bad times but for the good stuff as well, I am sometimes high profile, I am sometimes a geek, but at the end of the day I go home satisfied, and the next morning ready for the challenges all over again - go on, bring er on !

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Apparently.

by seanferd In reply to Hmm missed the key points ...

As I have no idea what you are referring to.

Interesting, though.

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Ah, this article? http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/career/?p=1752

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no ideas from me either {NT}

by .Martin. In reply to Apparently.
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Challenge?

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Hmm missed the key points ...

Apparently, finding the correct button...

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Bigger challenge.

by seanferd In reply to Challenge?

Going far out of the way to find the wrong button.

(OK, I say this in good humour. I respect sysadmins.)

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Actually:
http://xkcd.com/705/

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