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What was everyone's first job that started your IT career?

By mLindvall ·
I'm a soon to be graduate, year and half left, with a MIS degree and I'm trying to think of jobs that would be avaiable when I graduate. I was also thinking about what is a good place to start in a company to be able to move up within the company.

So after looking at most of the people's job description on TechRepublic I was wondering where everyone started off your career and if you moved up from your starting position or if you started where you wanted to be.


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My humble beginning and end

by jardinier In reply to What was everyone's first ...

About five years ago I started picking up computers at garage sales for about $AU 20, pulling them apart and tinkering with them.

With limitless assistance from Patrick Li who owns a small computer business in my area, I eventually learnt to build and trouble-shoot the blighters.

I registered a business name and sold refurbished computers and did a little tech support and tuition.

Then I built my first website (no big deal as the hosting company provides Site Studio software which does most of the work).

And then I built another, and another, and another, and ....

These are all non-profit and published for my own satisfaction. I earn a crust as a gardener -- the trade I have followed for 30 years.

Now the technology has advanced so rapidly and the price come down so much that I will have to trash my stock of computers-waiting-to-be-refurbished.

It has all been a lot of jolly fun, but publishing my own websites which cover my various fields of interest is a real buzz.

I am not registered with any search engines, but frequently receive emails from people who have come across one or another of my websites in a general search.

****, I wanted to check the spelling of a particular word in Hindu philosophy and my OWN website came up second from the top in Google.

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My First Computer Job

by hose1 In reply to What was everyone's first ...

It was in 1983 working for a company called Mitex who installed computers in dental offices. The operating system was CPM and the computer was a Pertec PCC2000. It have two 8.5 inch floppys which one was for the O/S and the other of the dental billing application.

If a dentist was really big, they could opt for the 10MB drive which was the size of a small refrig and the disk was the size of album LP enclosed in a plastic case. Every once in a while, if the disk was un readable, we would either stick it in the refrig or outside if it was cold.

The read heads were the size of a quater on the end of a flat metal shaft operated by a very large magnet. Every once in a while, we had to adjust the head adjustment screws with an ocilloscope to get a cats eye pattern to indicate the heads were aligned.

I'll never for get when we purchased our first PC. It was a Pertec clone of an IBM XT at a cost of $4,000.00.

All the printers were serial NEC spinwriters.

I'll never forget when I brought the PC home and showed my parents. We played hang man in black and white to the wee hours of the morning.

Boy how things have changes since then. I am glad I was able to get into this industry during it's early years. It is something that my kids will never experience. Who knows, in 25 years, what will our kids say about our technology.

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Web Site Developer

by rkuhn In reply to My First Computer Job

First IT job: worked for a company called IndyFood around the beginning of the dot com era.

We developed a website where people could order food from just about any restaurant in Indianapolis and have it delivered to their home.

Company went belly up within maybe a year and a half. But it was my foot in the degree is in Marketing and not IT. But my interest is in IT.

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Military a good place to start

by kwells In reply to What was everyone's first ...

Well, I left college to pursue real world experience, and I got that in the Air Force. I was in three years in an IT career field. I was able to finish my AAS in Information Systems Technology. Now I am out, enjoying civilian life, and finishing my Bachelors in June.

I don't think it as easy to get into the career field I was in now. The Air Force is down sizing, and my career field was among the most overmanned Air Force wide.

They do offer a commissioned position similar to what I do. Perhaps you'd like to pursue a stint as a Communications Officer in the Air Force? The career is wide based, but very likely you will work for an Information Systems flight and get real world IT management experience.

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Software Trainer

by kattoon In reply to What was everyone's first ...

I actually started at a Software Training company ordering manuals and scheduling classes. When my boss was on vacation, one of our trainers called in sick. We didn't have another trainer to teach the class...and to make matters worse...I had already rescheduled this class 3 times. UGH..I did not want to face those people. I told them that I knew the software and I was familiar with the book and that I could go over it with them if they liked...rather than rescheduling the class. It worked out great, the class liked my teaching style (I made it up on the fly), they told my boss what I did and I was transitioned into a Full time trainer's position.

Long story short...because of software training and having to learn a lot of different software packages, I'm now working as an Apps Specialist working on any special projects that come my way. Intranet updates, database creation, photo manipulation, powerpoint presentations etc... I really love the diversity of my job. Each day poses new challenges! -- Don't be afraid to try something new!

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My 1st IT Position

by vlpresher In reply to What was everyone's first ...

My first position was with SPRINT working in the Long Distance internal data center. My responsibilities included all aspects on layer one through layer 3 connectivity.

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Started as a "PC Tech "

by jmgarvin In reply to What was everyone's first ...

I did grunt work of moving, setting up, and pulling cable.

While it wasn't a great job, it was a good learning experience and helped me understand that there is far more to IT than the "glamor" of the server room.

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I could really do with a bit of that

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Started as a "PC Tech "

Type of non glamorous work right now. I've just spent the best part of a week fighting with one companies File Server which should have been a 30 minute job MAX! But because the darling little owners kids fitted a couple of extra SCSI HDD's which I thought where part of a RAID ARRAY I've had quite a few problems.

But on the upside no one is claiming those 2 SCSI HDD's so maybe I'll just take them away with me to help cover the mental suffering. :^O

Col ]:)

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A tangled web

by Ldyosng In reply to What was everyone's first ...

I started as assistant buyer for a ComputerLand store - because I knew one of the repair techs, and because I had inventory control experience. The owner was keeping the books by throwing register tapes and reciept books in a file drawer. I got some ledger paper and, using the calculator on my keychain, created an accounting system. He thought that was such a good idea that he bought a Fortune mini and some "intigrated" accouting software, and I had to install it, figure it out and key in the data. He went on to change systems every year, including a couple of POS systems. When I left there after 4 years, I had learned a lot. The rest, as they say is history. Every job has given me an opportunity to learn more software, and this last one required that I learn how to run a network as well. The disadvantage of working for a small company is also the advantage - you have to learn how to do everything yourself. Fun stuff!

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Let me jog my memory

by sonicbridge In reply to What was everyone's first ...

US Army, 199th Personnel, Seoul, Korea, 1969. I was a Data Entry Clerk moonlighting as a Systems Operator/Analyst (Punch Card era)on a Univac based
system. Separate hardware for CPU, Collator, Sorter, Printer... well you get the picture. Programming was done by jumper wire on huge pc boards about the size of half a door. What we can hold in the palm of our hand now is more powerful than what filled up an entire room then.

I was a draftee so the choice to be in IT was made for me. I vacated the field for 10 years before being enticed once more.

Have I dated myself?

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