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Citrix or VMware or Network/Security: Best opportunity and salary potential?

Discussion in 'Employment & Jobs' started by snuffy, Jun 26, 2012.

  1. snuffy

    snuffy New Member

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    Hi all,

    At my workplace, the career progression is one of three:
    1. Citrix
    2. VMware/Storage
    3. Networking/Security

    I have a rounded knowledge (2nd line level) and certifications, so ignoring what certs I have or haven't yet passed, I wanted to get your thoughts on what the potential benefits, both skills and financial might be of choosing a particular route to go down.

    I appreciate all comments.

    Cheers,
    Tom
     
  2. Theprof

    Theprof Petabyte Poster Forum Leader

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    All three have the potentially of good compensation... What interests you more out of the three? for example, for me, its VMware/Storage and others might feel that Citrix or Networking/Security is more interesting. Also do you want to specialize? Specializations usually pay higher, but that's years into the profession and also depends on the employer.
     
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  3. dales

    dales Gigabyte Poster

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    Don't worry too much about what "pays" the most as over the course of your career you'll change several times as technologies and methologies come and go, whats the point of doing a job that you hate every minute of just for a few extra quid. What peeks your interest the most now. I spent a good few years being a general IT guy until virtualization came along and I knew that it was what I was interested in the most, no doubt that will mutate into something else over the years too. Also if you choose a career just because a job site or "salary checker" says they earn the most where is your genuine drive to keep up and learn new things every day.

    I'm not knocking chasing the pound coins but your more than likely to get a higher salary in something your are interested in because you are better at it than something your not but "should" earn more in.
     
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  4. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    I'd say all three of those specialisms are capable of earning top dollar, you are lucky to be in a role where you can go down any of those routes. For that reason I'd try to learn as much as you can about each before choosing to specialise. You have to make sure the work interests you. If you then concentrate on over achieving your objectives and mastering your chosen specialism, in theory, the money should follow. If you fixate too much on the money you might find you become frustrated and bored with your work, that's never good. That said if in 3 years time you find yourself a subject matter expert in one of those fields with hardly any change in your wage, you then have good leverage to ask for more, swap roles, apply externally etc. So my advice in a nut shell would be, find something that interests you, master it and don't worry about money unless you find yourself very skilled and very underpaid. Being slightly underpaid to a market average can sometimes be a plus if say you work down the road from where you live or your job has fantastic benefits, private health, pension to die for etc etc.

    Let us know what you choose, Jim
     
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  5. dales

    dales Gigabyte Poster

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  6. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    ha ha you know what I mean, bad choice of words there :S
     
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  7. Monkeychops

    Monkeychops Kilobyte Poster

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    As has been said do what you enjoy, far more worthwhile than chasing potential ££.

    I work in one half of one of those subject areas and can't say I'm not happy with the money :)
     
  8. SimonD

    SimonD Terabyte Poster Moderator

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    It should never be about chasing ££s because it soon get's boring (12 years as a contractor and I am now a permy, certainly earning less money now when compared to contractor rates).

    Find out which of the three subject areas interest you more and make that your choice, perhaps letting some creep occur between the other subjects.
     
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  9. snuffy

    snuffy New Member

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    I have yet to find an aspect of IT that I don't find interesting, so happy to go on overall potential for future job prospects. I have no views either way yet on specializing.

    Perhaps I shouldn't have mentioned salary; it's not my primary concern; interest in an area (#1), and potential for job prospects (#2) are my primary concerns.

    I have a very basic experience of Citrix, have used VMware in a past job (enjoyed using it, but didn't go into the backend), and am starting out in the Cisco world (CCENT exam booked).

    Tom.
     
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