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Calling all people who have done the bread and butter sandwiches!

Discussion in 'The Lounge - Off Topic' started by Boycie, Jun 22, 2005.

  1. Boycie
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    Boycie Senior Beer Tester

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    As a realistic person I realise that when (sooner or later) I hopefully land my first IT job I am going to be looking around the 14K salary :oops:

    As someone who's basic is currently 20K plus bonus Is there any Government schemes in place to help me money wise?
    I have a nagging missus (who works) and two kids.

    Your opinions and experience well appreciated.

    The way I look at it is at the moment I am on 20K+ granted. The problem is in my line there is no progression and in years to come I will still be on the equivlant of 20K. The other thing is I want to work in IT anyhow!

    Not picking holes guy's and gals just asking for advice from people who have been there, done it and got the T-shirt :D
     
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  2. Arroryn
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    Arroryn we're all dooooooomed

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    I'm not 'been there done it', but my foot is firmly in the door. Does your current company have IT departments that interest you? I'm currently in the sales dept of my place on around 17k - that figure isn't going down. The IT tech here is lauding me, and isn't going to be here forever. By the time I get my certs (2 years for the ones I want...hopefully) I'll be on between 20-25k, and applying for internal IT tech positions - on the strength of company service time and internal recommendations.

    It works. It's how I got into my current job - sales for 3 months. For a year and a half before that, I drove a forklift and packed concrete slabs :dry
     
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  3. tripwire45
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    tripwire45 Zettabyte Poster

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    I can see I'm not going to be arm wrestling you anytime real soon. :blink :tongue
     
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  4. Boycie
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    Boycie Senior Beer Tester

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    Thanks for the reply. It is good to hear your story. The company I work for does use IT on a very big scale which I know for a fact use a company that make software for them and also look after all the hardware too.
    I think I might have a word with them and see what they say. :D
     
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  5. Arroryn
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    Arroryn we're all dooooooomed

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    No probs Boyce :D

    And Trip: I ain't that good at arm wrestling. Lifting 80 kilos of weight and moving, yes. Wrestling, no. :p
     
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  6. tripwire45
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    Wow! That's 176 pounds in terms of how I think. When I worked for the postal service, I was only required to be able to lift 70 pounds (31.82 kg) and pull a large, steel cargo container weighing 1500 pounds (681.82 kg).

    :oops:
     
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  7. Mitzs
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    Mitzs Ducktape Goddess

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    Make buddies in that IT dept Boyce. It will help you down the road. And do you have any spare time to donate? If you do find a place that has low resource coming in. A charity organation or a gov program that has limited resources, And donate your time as a tech. You get to do hands on and improve your skills but you are also networking with other people in the field. You never know when these other resources may come in handy. Word of mouth goes along way. Plus chairty work always looks good on a resume.
     
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  8. Boycie
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    Boycie Senior Beer Tester

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    Hi Mitz. The problem is although they have I.T people there 9-5 due to the size of the organisation I am 150 miles away from that office!

    I will definately look into charity organisations though. I will let you know how I get on. :D
     
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  9. Jakamoko
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    Jakamoko On the move again ...

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    Well, I did the ten year stint as a van driver for a fruit merchant. The hours were great, in that I was finished for about 1-2ish every day, so could arrange for the wee one to be looked after to let me study in peace.

    I'd say that let me get my first break into Helpdesk/ Tech Support. Unfortunately, that has ironically meant I haven't had the time to keep up with my certs, but I keep promising I'm gonna get back into it eventually - watch this space .....
     
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