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How old where you when you first got into IT?

Discussion in 'The Lounge - Off Topic' started by jk2447, Jun 1, 2015.

  1. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

    Hi All
    There is obviously no age limit to getting into IT but I thought it might make for an interesting discussion... possibly...

    I was 20. I applied for an office job in a big company with an office near me and then spotted an internal only vacancy. I got the letter confirming I'd been successful on my 20th birthday. The rest is history. I feel very fortunate as IT was the industry I wanted to be in so to get in so young, I have no complaints.

    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
  2. Arroryn
    Honorary Member

    Arroryn we're all dooooooomed

    I think we might have already done this elsewhere... but, no problem revisiting stuff :) I was 24, I'm pretty sure. Was working in sales for a garden paving manufacturer, having formerly worked in their yard driving forklifts and packing stuff. Got a first line role at a law firm, which rapidly turned into a jack of all trades roll. 7 and a bit years later, I find myself in a third line role at an MSP. It's been a slow curve, but I haven't been concentrating on IT the whole time, so no bad beats :)
    Certifications: A+, N+, MCDST, 70-410, 70-411
    WIP: Modern Languages BA
  3. dmarsh

    dmarsh Terabyte Poster

    21 after uni, now officially old balls :)
    Certifications: CITP, BSc, HND, SCJP, SCJD, SCWCD, SCBCD, SCEA, N+, Sec+, Proj+, Server+, Linux+, MCTS, MCPD, MCSA, MCITP, CCDH
  4. Josiahb

    Josiahb Gigabyte Poster

    21. I got in via the door labeled 'nepotism' by grabbing a job at the company my mum worked at, stayed there for just shy of 5 years before moving on into MSPs. Never went to Uni, didn't even passed the course I did at college and was handed the keys to the server room and let loose.
    Certifications: A+, Network+, MCDST, ACA – Mac Integration 10.10
  5. SimonD

    SimonD Terabyte Poster Moderator

    I was nearly 27 when I first started in commercial IT, however I had been playing with computers since I was about 12 (bearing in mind I am now 45). I was using Prestel and CompuServe before the Internet was the Internet (half of you will hit Google for Prestel now I reckon :p).
    Certifications: CNA | CNE | CCNA | MCP | MCP+I | MCSE NT4 | MCSA 2003 | Security+ | MCSA:S 2003 | MCSE:S 2003 | MCTS:SCCM 2007 | MCTS:Win 7 | MCITP:EDA7 | MCITP:SA | MCITP:EA | MCTS:Hyper-V | VCP 4 | ITIL v3 Foundation | VCP 5 DCV | VCP 5 Cloud | VCP6 NV | VCP6 DCV | VCAP 5.5 DCA
    WIP: VCP6-CMA, VCAP-DCD and Linux + (and possibly VCIX-NV).
  6. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

    Doh sorry that will be my gold fish memory :smiliepalm:

    I wonder do we have anyone on here that decided to get into IT a bit later on? I've found an interesting UK Gov read that says "Government hails surge in older workers as 'key' to strengthening UK economy" here
    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
  7. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

    I had to Google it sorry bro :blush: I thought you were talking about the CD's we used to get to go online, AOL and Freeserve disks! My kids won't believe me when they are bigger with all this fibre melarky.
    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
  8. Juelz

    Juelz Gigabyte Poster

    Well I was pretty good at troubleshooting as a kid but can't say I was thinking of it as a career, so I reckon about 2-3 years lol, first exam tomorrow...
  9. AJ

    AJ Administrator Administrator

    I was 38 I think, well full time in IT. Did a bit before that in a very ad hoc way. I'm 50 now so offically and old git
    Certifications: MCSE, MCSA (messaging), ITIL Foundation v3
    WIP: Looking at doing ..................
  10. Jaron78

    Jaron78 Megabyte Poster

    First "IT" job, I was 31. I worked for a Video Games firms before that in numerous roles like QA Manager, Associate Producer etc.

    Got made redundant after 3.5 years in 2010 for the 3rd time and thought what do I want to do with my life. Went to Vegas for New Years Eve, came back and looked at a few things and decided to go the IT route.

    Love what I do and only wished I had done it sooner.
  11. GSteer

    GSteer Megabyte Poster

    If we're talking full time then 21 post uni. If we're including part time then I worked for the company I went to post-uni from 17. This was tier one domestic/corporate and some website design. I'm currently back at the same company short term and as of yesterday now General Manager (which is one of the many hats including tier 3 support and internal systems development).
    Certifications: BSc. (Comp. Sci.), MBCS, MCP [70-290], Specialist [74-324], Security+, Network+, A+, Tea Lord: Beverage Brewmaster | Courses: LFS101x Introduction to Linux (edX)
    WIP: CCNA Routing & Switching
  12. rocdamike

    rocdamike Byte Poster Gold Member

    I got my first IT job at 25 years old moving from a sales assistant role in retail. I am 27 years old now. I am very happy I made the move!
    Certifications: CCNA R&S, CCENT, F5 101 Application Delivery Fundamentals, ITIL Foundation (2011), CompTIA (A+, Network+), MTA (Windows OS, Networking, HTML5)
    WIP: CCNA Security
  13. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

    @Jaron78 mate apart from the instability... What's it like to work in the games industry?
    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
  14. zxspectrum

    zxspectrum Gigabyte Poster Premium Member

    Started toying with PC's about the age of 25, Uni 30, voluntary work in between, but my first proper IT job is the one I am in now.

    Well happy with the choice I have made. Though I would do things a lot differently, I mean uni, would be a no no, I would just get industry and exams behind me. The amount I have learnt in 18 months is awesome, imagine if id of been in from the age of 30, world domination no doubt ha ha. I will say though now i have the degree,it got me the job i have now and think having it will give me the edge in some circumstances

    Certifications: BSc computing and information systems
    WIP: 70-680
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  15. madman045

    madman045 Kilobyte Poster Premium Member

    Well full time IT started when I was 19 (1st/2nd like service desk), but was involved in a large scale SAP migration when i was 17, been playing with tech in general since I was 8 and the joys of Windows 3.11 and dial up at 15 (Demon Turnpike for the oldies) and now the joys of fibre, now I am coming up to 35 and in a hybrid role of Infrastructure and Support.
    Certifications: 70-270, 70-290, PRINCE2 Foundation, VCA-DCV & VCA-DT
    WIP: MCSA 2008, VCP5-DCV, ITIL V3
  16. SimonV

    SimonV Petabyte Poster Administrator

    I thought I was 23 but just worked it out and I was actually 22 when I got my first actual job working in IT, I got a job as a trainee IT tutor teaching basic computer skills. After about 6 months working for that company I was the go to man when something didn't work and it was around that time I realised I had a bit of a natural ability for problem solving. I really loved that job, the company not so much but working with people was much more rewarding than working with machines.
    Certifications: MOS Master 2003, CompTIA A+, MCSA:M, MCSE
    WIP: Keeping CF Alive...
  17. Jaron78

    Jaron78 Megabyte Poster

    To be honest @jk2447 as someone who still plays a lot of games (When not studying etc) it was brilliant. Playing GTA, Football Manager etc was great.
    However, there was also a lot of Crap involved. Things like Chicken run and crap like that so it evened itself out. It kinda of depended on what you was working on at the time.

    I LOVED Football Manager and played it for 8 Months solid, even to the point where we would stay behind after work just to finish a season. But we were all BIG FM fans. There were other people working on it who had no real interest in Football and they hated it, so swings and roundabouts.

    The only two serious downpoints I found was that everyone looks DOWN on a QA / Test Department. No respect, no real gratitude from other departments. They all saw it as a bunch of lads (or Ladies) who couldnt do anything else but play games when in fact its a lot more than that. Need excellent written skills, (Try explaining to a developer where the Glitch in at X Spot of a MMOG), excellent ATD, Concetration for the Sony, SEGA and Nintendo Standards as well as the ability to spend at least 6 months playing the same thing over and over again.

    I was one of the lucky ones in that I managed to catch a break and move from QA into Production. Its not very common unless your lucky. In my case, one of the Assistant Producers Visa's had expired and he hadnt realised so had to go home, they asked me if I would step into the role on a temp basis to see the title out and it went from there.

    And the second serious downpoint was as I mentioned earlier. Getting stuck on a god awful title that you (And the Company) know isnt going to make any money due to it being so utterly crap, no-one in their right mind would buy was very disheartening.
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