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    by sunshinechua ·

    well i just graduated from college and i have no i idea where to go from here. i have a little background in visual basic but i don’t really want to pursue programming but definitely would like to be in the IT field. i don’t know if i should be anetwork administrator or database admin or web designer? i don’t know where to start I’m really clueless, please help me figure out where to focus to have a good IT career i’ve always wanted.

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      by vinnyd ·

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      If you do not like programming then you should forget web designing. Web designers (at least the good ones) should know how to program in java, or vb script.

      A network administrator usually needs to be more than just an administrator. They have to support the programs and computers that users need to use.

      Why not look for jobs as a computer operator.
      There are still those mainframe computers out that in larger companies that need qualified operators. No Programming necessary.

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        by sunshinechua ·

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      by jacmari ·

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      I’m somewhat in the same boat as you. I’m graduating SOON.. Finally. I kind of know what I want to be in the future, which is a project manager. So, I basically will start at the bottom. I can’t see myself doing programming to get there, so I’m going into Networking. Right now, I’m looking to take Cisco classes… so that I can get my foot in the door.

      If you don’t want to program, then I would say networking is the next best thing. Hopefully you’ll be able to find an entry level jobat a company that’s willing to get you started on network admin.

      Good luck!!

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      by penguinsrule ·

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      If you aren’t wanting to go the applications development track, then going the route of adminstrator is the way to go. I’ve found over time it is good to know operating systems, databases, and networks very well. In addition to this it is good to have solid project management, customer service, and communications skills. Problem solving skills – read the new rational manager by Kepner/Tregoe – are critical.

      The downsides to administrators is they tend to be tied to a vendor and if thevendor dies, then it’s hard to move over to other vendors since you have to learn all over. Programming is more portable. The other downside is you are tied to a pager and you have to determine how much of a life you want. I like it better than programming because it suits my temperment better and I don’t like to program.

      Any training, any degrees, any certifications help even if it doesn’t seem like it, because sometimes the only way you know it helps you is when you see someone else having a hard time because they don’t have a specific credential.

      Get volunteer experience, any experience – experience is critical, and even without pay it’s better than none. my 1cent..

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        by sunshinechua ·

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      by jereg ·

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      I know how you feel. I learned programming, I could do it, but I learned I didn’t like programming. I did understand hardware. I started on a help desk, moved to the network group. I left that company and got a job as a network admin. Left there, and now I’m a network manager. Start at the help desk level. It’s good experience, and starting salaries can go to 40,000 or more. If you’re good and you like it, you’ll get promoted, or you go somewhere else for more money. Keep looking at the netwok group as a place to move to, and try to help them on their projects. The key to this business is not having all the answers. the answers are out there, (like this place). The key is recognizing what the problems are when you see them.

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        by sunshinechua ·

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      by penguinsrule ·

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      I got my start on the helpdesk as well. Then I moved into applications programming and then systems administration which I’ve been doing for the past 13-14 years.

      Basically the helpdesk is a way to get in the door.

      Keep in mind always that the more mobile you are, the more skills you have, the more options you’ll have. This is true.

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        by sunshinechua ·

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      by highorbit ·

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      I started off as a contractor. There are a lot of jobs available, more if you aren’t bothered about location so much. Jobserve.co.uk is a wonderful site!

      Although I have only been working in IT just over two years I am already Head of IT with 4 IT departments under me.

      I know very little programming, although I found Perl and basic scripting very useful. My main speciality is networking, and as far as I am concerned that is the way to go if you don’t like programming or databases.

      Regardless of which path you choose some certifications will help, but it can be better to start from the bottom and work up, even if you only stay at the bottom for the duration of a 3 month contract!

      Good luck!

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