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What kind of Experience am I getting????

By auxperc ·
I'm currently in school studying Networking. We all know that experience is one of the big keys to getting good jobs. My classmates have entry level positions as computer techs, fixing computers, setting up computers etc. Right now I am working as atechnical support analyst for a telecommunications software company. I deal with support for hardware and in house software which means I have to know about protocols,cables, NIC cards,routing etc. as well as troubleshoot for our customers and communicate with them in order to resolve hardware/software issues. Is what I'm doing now just as relevant experience as my classmates who are computer technicians? Should I change and get a job as a computer tech? Some Network administrators tell me thatnetworking and telecommunications are becoming more inter-involved so to speak, so they tell me that I am in a good position, and since that I am in school for networking that I have the best of both worlds? What are some entry-level fields that people have gone in to a

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by avachon In reply to What kind of Experience a ...

Hi, actually I think what you are doing is more relevant. Why? Although PC tech. is important, you are getting experience in more esoteric (and in many ways more difficult) configuration systems (e.g., routers, protocols and troubleshooting). It is important to be able to troubleshoot hardware (know the IRQ's, DMA, etc.), but it sounds as if you get some of this (e.g., nic configurations). If you wanted to beef up your tech skills, you can work on your A+ certication or work on building your own system.It is true that networking and telecommunication are becoming more and more entwined (note wireless for example)so you are in a good position. As for other entry-level options, you've named the big three: PC tech., help desk, system setup. If techs in your company go out in the field and set up networks, ask if you can tag along on your time. You'll gain quite a bit from seeing and asking questions. Good luck.

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by Kevin Holden In reply to What kind of Experience a ...

Hello
I must agree with the 1st response. You are most likely in a better position now because of the combination fo analyst/customer support that you are providing. You schooling should give you a very stong technical knowledge base, but I have found that the best network technicians are ones who truely understand the customer support and analyst functions to solve needs on a network. Getting a network up and running the way a customer wants requires the mental abilities that you are gaining through work and combining that with the tech knowledge from school.

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