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Wasted talent?

By lee ·
The question is.....

What do you do when you have just been given a 23% wage rise, are revolutionising the way your company operates, and your boss tells you that you are "wasted" in this position?

Now you see, at first glance the answer appears very simple, get up off your backside and do something about it, find a better job...

However, I am fairly new to managing my own IT department, I have been in my current role for just over 2 years. I am managing a Windows based network with 14 workstations, 3 printers & a server running server 2003, Exchange, FTP & Remote Desktop.

I have nothing more than the 10 A-C GCSE's I left school with, an A-Level in statistics, an A-Level in IT and a AS-Level in economics.

These qualifications do not do my current role/skillset any justice.

Is it time for me to consider gaining further qualifications, should I stick where I am and gain the experience, or should I try my luck hunting for a new position?

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Stay where you are

by Bizzo In reply to Wasted talent?

I'd suggest you stay where you are, for now.

If you're getting raises like that because your boss appreciates you, great. But if you are being wasted you may get bored because of the size of the network.

I'd get your certifications up to date, as you say, your current qualifications do not do you justice, and may hinder you getting another position.

Although you're running the department well, only 2 years under your belt with no certifications isn't really much to go on.

But good luck on whatever you decide.

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by lee In reply to Stay where you are

Qualifications are certainly my main barrier.

As well as managing the network and associated duties by night, by day I am a Computer Aided Designer using AutoCAD. I am in the same boat with this, I do not have the qualifications to carry me into another job.

I may consider an out of hours course I can complete from home.

I'm not sure which route to take MCSE or CAD?

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My suggestion

by Fregeus In reply to Cheers

If you wish to better your knowledge and get higher up the ladder in IT, go for MCSE

CAD is only good (my opinion) if you wish to remain where you are.

You have way more options with the MCSE than with CAD.

Good luck


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Cheers TCB

by lee In reply to My suggestion

I think the best option for me is to stick where I am for now & get some qualifications behind me.

You may be surprised at the amount of CAD positions available.

The variety of work in CAD is limited though and it doesnt make all that much difference what you are designing, it all comes down to 2D or 3D.

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CAD work is definetly something to look into

by Forum Surfer In reply to Cheers TCB

Combine CAD with IT skills and you have a real winner...especially combined with years of experience in IT. You can work heavily with building designers on new buildings which is VERY lucrative. IT is viewd as being along the same lines as power/water/sewage on new contruction. So builders always have a knowledgable guy on staff for large project to work with the customer for wiring/data center needs.

IT plus GIS is also lucrative. Next thing you know you're working with many lucrative government projects drawing maps for various projects. Doesn't sound like much, but new buildings/bridges/towers/houses/subdivisions/whatever all need to be drawn up for proposals and finished projects. These maps show effects on flood plains, ground elevation, plot/plat issues, addressing issues and a whole array of other issues. Again...a VERY lucritive market if you use some common sense.

Both of these areas require you to work heavily with customers and government regulations, at least here on this side of the pond. You have to be willing to adapt quickly and abandon 2 months worth of work because some ahole lawyer makes a point about nothing. You have to be able to just do the job without much whining or fanfare and give the customer what they want...even if you feel it is the dumbest idea you ever heard of. We once had to scrap an entire layout for a data center (and 1 months worth of planning/pricing) because the exec in the adjoining office insisted on an oval office. One of his walls was a support wall so his office had to be relocated...which screwed the pooch on my data center. Stuff like that is a daily battle, so you can't take it too personal.

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Way off topic - What the US equivalent to 'A-level'?

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Wasted talent?

Our company is owned by an Italian firm. Like most companies, they take periodic employee surveys. The most recent one included a question about the respondent's education level. Options included 'Primary / Secondary', 'A-level', and 'Degree'. I've been unable to find anyone who can explain a US equivalent to 'A-level'.

For that matter, I'm not sure what 'Primary / Secondary' means; in the U.S, 'primary' schools are generally the first three or four grades (ages 6-10 or so, provided at no charge by the government) and 'secondary' is usually used to describe university / college (18 and older, requiring tuition fees).

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Not entirely sure

by lee In reply to Way off topic - What the ...

Primary is anything upto age 11, secondary upto age 16, then A-Levels are gained at college.
Not quite sure what the direct equivalent is in the US.
I'm sure you can work it out and share with us, from the information provided above.

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I'm afraid not.

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Not entirely sure

I don't know what '10 A-C GCSE's' are either, or what level of education awards those. So, no, I can't work it out from the info provided.

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Palmie, I'll try to help

by gadgetgirl In reply to Way off topic - What the ...

ok - over here:

Primary - age 4 to 7 years
Junior - age 7 - 11 years
Secondarly - age 11-16 years
college (including 6th form college) 16-18 years
universities - age 16 and above.

Primary/Secondary qualifications over here are generally the certificates of education (GCSE's - General Certificates of Secondary Education) which means that the pupil has studied and obtained a passing level in that particular subject; they aren't taken as an overall, but studied for in individual subjects.

In sixth form, sixth form college, general colleges and universities, there is a path to AS and A level (Advanced Secondary and Advanced level; two differing certifications) again, usually in specific subjects. Some though, may be combined. There is an A level in "General Studies" which covers four units of combined interests.

After that we follow the "normal" route: degrees, honours degrees, masters, and phd's.

The rules on fees are constantly changing; some councils may offer a ?30 a week payment to the pupil to stay on to sixth form college. Some may not. Tuition fees are payable for every other college or university after that, though.

Does that help any, or just make it clear as mud?


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That helps...

by Forum Surfer In reply to Palmie, I'll try to help

But my mind is still clear as mud. Fighting through a slight hang over and a caffeine defficiency over here! Monday night is apparently the new Friday night. :)

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