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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 Not Be Inline With Your Career Goals.

      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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