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My journey in the world of IT so far(lengthy)

By Jebz240 ·
Im new to the forum discussions here and thought I might help some people who are in my situation have a little more encouragment . I hold an Associates in Network Administration. I have no certifications and have held 2 jobs in the IT field and am starting a new one in 3 days due to relocation. I have close to a years experience as a tech basically on call on site type stuff. I worked at my Community Collage as a lab technician (3 months @$5.15 hr) (basic maintance) and worked 6 months @ $10.00 hr in the Public Schools as a contracted Tech, lots of fun there, learned alot by handson with almost every aspect of technology imaginable for a tech I, also learned how to appreciate good imaging software (altiris) and worked with a very great LAN admin. I was asked by the IT director to interview for for a promotion/non contract position and I did. But was not chossen to fill the position. This was their loss, not mine. I can deal with 8th graders throwing $hit at me while working in a classroom and still be polite to the client(teacher). Well i just moved to Hilton Head Island SC and am starting at a billion dollar realestate/resort company as a Tech I @ $12.00 hr, The IT manager is very nice, I get free golf, benifits as much overtime as i want, paid certifications and raises per each cert that i obtain. But most importantly I can get some experience so I can get a little more specific in what area of my career i want to go towards. Oh yea I dont even play golf but im gonna learn I even get to help set equipment up for the heritage golf tournament(big thing i hear). The reason Im telling you guys all this crap is so you dont give up hope if your like me cause after 50 or so resumes sent out and maybe 5 interviews i landed 3 jobs all in all. I dont interview well but have a strong resume, letters of recomendation and am a hard worker. I know im not making 80k a year but i dropped outa highschool and made it this far at 23. So there is hope no matter how hard it might seem to be sometimes for all us entry level techies. And for all you tech haters we are the frontline without us you guys cant stay on your server consoles and in your cubicles.

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Welcome to the forums

by Jay Garmon Contributor In reply to My journey in the world o ...

If doesn't sound to sales-pitchy, we're glad you've joined the ongoing conversations. While I certainly don't want to discourage you from posting--if we haven't stopped Oz_Media, we certainly aren't going to stop you--the story you posted above shouldn't disappear when this thread gets pushed down by newer discussions.

This post belongs in your professional biography on your Member Profile. By adding it to your profile, this little bio will be one click away from every post you ever make at TechRepublic, so the entire membership can get a feel for who you are.

You can reach your profile here:

Just click the EDIT MY PROFILE link near the top of the page. I'd also encourage you to fill out the Interests and Technologies Implemented fields, so you can track down members who are working and thinking about the same work tasks and hobbies you are. If you find some common ground, you can add those like-minded souls to your Contacts list, and keep up with everything they post on the site. (If you want to test the functionality, just add a high scorer from the Top 100, they all do good work:

Thanks again for the words of wisdom and encouragement for your IT brethren, and don't hesitate to keep posting!


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Keep going

by Tony Hopkinson In reply to My journey in the world o ...

At 23 I was still typing in six digit numbers for eight hours a shift. Made it into IT as a support gopher in 87.
Work hard and learn from your mistakes is all that is required as long as you can stay in work.
Doing both of course helps on that front.

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by Jebz240 In reply to Keep going

I appreciate the support its hard to find many people in IT who want to tell you anything, thats why this site kix azz. Im also glad to see that im not the only one who started small

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Technical track.

by Tony Hopkinson In reply to thanx

Everybody starts small, if they've got any sense. Last guy I trained up had two master's, his first effort in commercial programming required a lot of work before I found it acceptable and my academic qualifications don't even make good toilet paper.

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Excellent for the beginner, not for the experienced...

by Pr0x1 In reply to My journey in the world o ...

While I commend you on your career, your experiences thus far, and your positive attitude, unfortunately, for those who have been in the industry for 10 or more years, this may not be the case. While I myself have had good fortune within the IT realm, I have seen many horror stories. And some to the point where you, my friend, have taken the job away from my other more experienced peers, only to ask others how to get up to speed and gain the experience that was already there before you came in.

I agree in your position... keep your chin up people, its getting better. Especially to those who have had a harder experience, or who have lost all hope. While I may have dodged the bullet myself many times, and recently moved into a more business than IT position, the IT experiences brought with me give me an edge over the others, and more respect than those without it. And while I have moved up in my career position, my salary has remained level for the past 4 years. Given that, remember this: "A Title is just words, and the only words you can eat are you're own... but a salary and career are something you can bank on."

Good for your words Jebz, thank you for the message of hope and good fortune, and to let others know that all is not lost in the IT world.

As the song goes... "I've got to admit it's getting better... getting better all the time!"

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by tbragsda In reply to My journey in the world o ...

Self-delete. Double post

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Tell you why I like you already.

by tbragsda In reply to My journey in the world o ...

I hire desktop techs, and I only ask that they are willing to learn, and work hard. Sounds like you are well on your way. Keep a positive attitude with your clients (users), and never feel intimidated by stuff you don't know.

After more than 15 years in this biz, I can tell you that it has lots to offer. Its not easy, but can be very satisfying and lucerative.


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I'm almost there

by CuteElf In reply to Tell you why I like you a ...

Feels a bit like stepping off a cliff into a .....

I'm graduating soon, and have 2 interviews for entrylevel jobs in the field. Something is telling me that jobs are coming back up, I'm hearing more money spent on IT than last few years.
What I'm also hearing is SOFT SKILLS which I need a bit.
If I get one of those 2 jobs, which would be sweet :), I'm going to save my money but buy equipment to practice on, and move up one or 2 more certs :).

And make contacts all over, so I can get ANOTHER job. Lilypad leapfrogging woohoo :)


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Late 90s' messed everything up.

by tbragsda In reply to I'm almost there

Before no one thought they would jump into a 50k starting job. I started as a bench tech. I wish more would.

I feel for everyone that is scratching of 10$/hr jobs, but if your worth it, that will change.


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Twelve bucks an hour???

by DC_GUY In reply to My journey in the world o ...

We pay more than that to the kids who do our yard work, and this is not a high-cost-of-living area.

I've said it before and I'll say it again. Apprentice yourself to a plumber. You'll probably get the same $12, and in ten years you can open your own shop and hire your own apprentices to do the grunt work. Good, experienced plumbers with good people skills make six-figure incomes.

Go to any small city that doesn't have a giant law or investment firm, and you'll find that the richest person in town who didn't inherit his money is the oldest plumber.

And while it's always risky to make predictions, I just don't see plumbing as a type of work that will be automated or offshore-outsourced within any of our lifetimes.

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