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Taking A Job That Might Not Be Inline With Your Career Goals.

By Doc Squidly ·
Having been offered a 1 year contract to do Desktop Deployments at various D.o.D. sites, I have to wonder if this experience will be that helpful to my career.

My last job was a mix of web development, database programming, network admin, internal & external user support. My goal is to keep my career in Networking & System Admin areas. I feel that my experience and certifications put me at that level.
I?ve had several interviews with the result of, ?We?re [the Company] impressed by you and you have good skills but? your skill set isn?t an exact match for our needs.?

The Desktop Deployment contract is limited to only hooking up pre-imaged systems and using Dell's migration/deployment software to set up work stations.

My questions are: Would this experience be beneficial to my career goals? And: Am I aiming to low by considering what a technician position is, by job description?

Anyone every have do make similar decision?

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It depends...

by ObiWayneKenobi In reply to Taking A Job That Might N ...

If you need the money, then you have to do what you have to do (but keep looking for something more in line with what you want to do). I'm in a similar, yet slightly different boat: I applied for and got what was supposed to be a network admin job, but I'm basically just helpdesk (as I was told, the job was posted when they were looking for a, and I quote, "real network administrator"), whereas at my last job I was a web developer and system admin.

Basically it boils down to this: ANY experience is always helpful, maybe not to your exact goals but in the long run (a year exp is still a year exp). For your second question, I really don't have an answer to that.. I tend to do the same thing and decide whether to apply to a job based on its actual description (i.e. helpdesk jobs I don't look at because I'm past that point in my career, etc.) but remember that sometimes the job description can say more than what the job really is...

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