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Career Change: Teacher to Tech

Discussion in 'Employment & Jobs' started by karldou, Nov 27, 2010.

  1. karldou

    karldou New Member

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    Hi all,

    I have decided to change career paths and I am looking for some advice from people already in the IT sector.

    I am 26 and 2 years ago I qualified as a High School ICT teacher, and I have been teaching this subject ever since. I graduated from university with a First class degree in ICT in Education. But before I became a teacher I spent approx 5 years working as an IT Help Desk advisor in a Call Centre working for Broadband suppliers and also software support for the financial sector.

    I am wanting to get into the hands on networking and server support roles. Before I became a teacher I studied at night school the CCNA v3 course, but did NOT actually get round to taking the 640-801 exam.

    I am just wondering if the best route into this part of the sector would be maybe getting the Network+ and a MCP (thinking 70-270)????

    Would any employers take into account my previous Help Desk roles or would they be put off by the fact that I've spent nearly 2 years in education?

    Sorry for the long post, but thanks for reading :)

    Karl
     
    WIP: A+, N+
  2. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    Hi Karl,

    I'd think employers would take your help desk experience although in 5 years I'm sure you will find a lot of the software has moved on since you were in IT. In my humble opinion, getting a Server Support or Network Engineer is going to be near impossible, as these are roles that are built towards over a period of time. Its just my opinion but I'd say go for 1st line help desk or 2nd line desktop roles to increase your chances of success. In terms of certification I would self study for A+ and N+ using the Mike Myers books then move onto the 270 XP MCP like you say. Unfortunately its been my experience that your degree won't hold much weight in the support game but it still shows you have brains and determination.
    Good luck
    Jim
     
    Certifications: BSc (Hons), HND IT, HND Computing, ITIL-F, MBCS CITP, MCP (270,290,291,293,294,298,299,410,411,412) MCTS (401,620,624,652) MCSA:Security, MCSE: Security, Security+, CPTS, VCP4, CCA (XenApp6.5), MCSA 2012, VCP5, VCP6-NV
  3. greenbrucelee
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    Network+ would be a great place to start. Not many people walk into a networking job unless they have experience in that area and not many people in a networking job start dealing with CISCO kit so having the CCNA can actually be counter production if you dont have the experience to go with the cert.

    Most people have to work upto a networking position so this usually stems from help desk or genral IT tech role. I am not sure how well your teaching qualification will help but it definetley will when applying for jobs. I would think that you may have to start at the bottom to get where you want to be and this will unfortunatley involve a pay drop.

    general starting certifications are A+,N+ and MCDST now the compTIA certs (A+ and N+) have a new policy after DEC 31st which the highest one you have requires renewing every 3 years and the MCDST cert is retiring March 31st after you pass the MCDST then you could do 70-270 but no further until you have experience.
     
    Certifications: A+, N+, MCDST, Security+, 70-270
    WIP: 70-620 or 70-680?
  4. karldou

    karldou New Member

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    Thanks guys for your thoughts. I think you're right about having to start back in Help Desk 1st/2nd line roles.
    I've actually just went through the free sample question tests on the official CompTIA site for both the A+ and N+. Without any revision at all I managed to pass them all first time, so hopefully that has given me some idea of where my knowledge stands.

    I have seen the Mike Meyers books mentioned on other topics, so I think i'll go pick up a few from amazon and get revising.

    Thanks for all your advice! :)

    Cheers,
    Karl
     
    WIP: A+, N+
  5. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    I think also Karl, its a wise move to go into 1st and 2nd line so that you don't put yourself in a position where you feel out of your depth. If you get a 1st line role and find it simple, look for 2nd line then 3rd line etc but at least you will be working in IT getting recent experience on your CV. I suspect you will find 1st line easy but its a foot in the door as a lot of jobs are filled internally these days to save on recruitment costs. Jim
     
    Certifications: BSc (Hons), HND IT, HND Computing, ITIL-F, MBCS CITP, MCP (270,290,291,293,294,298,299,410,411,412) MCTS (401,620,624,652) MCSA:Security, MCSE: Security, Security+, CPTS, VCP4, CCA (XenApp6.5), MCSA 2012, VCP5, VCP6-NV
  6. wagnerk
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    Yes...

    Maybe, depends on the organisation.

    Just a question, you've spent time qualifying as a teacher which would have taken an extra year on top of your degree, regardless of what route you took (PGCE/GTP, etc), why after 2 years do you want to change careers?

    Anyway, haivng previous IT experience coupled with your teaching experience, there are companies out there that especialise in IT in education; companies like Bromcom, Capita/dotICT, RM, etc. You could put both strands of experience to good use. You could also apply to schools (for IT vacancies, provided they haven't already gone thru the BSF and outsourced their IT), but the salary would not be as high as a teachers salary.

    -Ken
     
    Certifications: CITP, PGCert, BSc, HNC, LCGI, PTLLS, MCT, MCITP, MCTS, MCSE, MCSA:M, MCSA, MCDST, MCP, MTA, MCAS, MOS (Master), A+, N+, S+, ACA, VCA, etc... & 2nd Degree Black Belt
    WIP: PGDip
  7. Jiser

    Jiser Kilobyte Poster

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    Interesting explain more! I am interested in why you wanted to teach and now why you want to quit?

    Why drop it all for an ok salary and good holiday. I would say generally a pretty dynamic work environment with sometimes a good sense of satisfaction.
     
    Certifications: BSc (Hons), PGc, MCTS:Win 7, MCSA W7/MCITP EDST, ITIL Foundation, Prince 2 Foundation, C&G: Web Design, MOS 07: Excel, Word, Powerpoint, Outlook.
  8. kevndcks

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    I have never done any help desk roles, at 19 years of age i went into my first IT job whilst in college as a network engineer. It is possible. You reap the rewards you seek is my firm belief. Don't get focused on leading your certs to progress.
     

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