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How old where you when you got into IT and what was it?

Discussion in 'The Lounge - Off Topic' started by jk2447, Nov 3, 2009.

  1. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    Noticed a few people asking if they were too old/young to get into IT sooooo

    How old where you when you landed your first full proper IT job and what was your job title?


    I got the letter to say I'd been accepted for the role of Trainee Mainframe Operator on my 20th birthday (1999).

    Jim
     
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  2. Fergal1982

    Fergal1982 Petabyte Poster

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    about 22 ish? after I dropped out of uni, spent a few months in ****e jobs, then got a servicedesk job.
     
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  3. Sparky
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    23 after collecting my MSc from Uni. Struggled to get a job and ended up working freelance for a while. Landed a couple of software development jobs and also did some desktop support as well for some consultants my old man knew at the time.

    First full time job was at IBM, still 23 years young.

    Feels like ages ago now! :biggrin
     
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  4. zebulebu

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    About 25. Had worked in Industrial Relations for a bit, but gravitated more towards IT and it was just a natural 'fit' for me. Funny - I never gave a monkeys about computers growing up - and trained as a Geologist/Palaeontologist!
     
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  5. Phoenix
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    Job at an internet/gaming cafe in downtown London
    NT 4 MCSE / A+ soon after

    NT3.51 - NT4 Migration and BNC -> 100mb Ethernet migration part of my first job there


    i know, i was sad :)
     
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  6. dmarsh

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    21, left university after completing my computer science degree, got a job as a Windows C++ programmer developing imaging systems using Kofax and Wang libraries and expensive industrial scanners and custom graphics processing boards, host OS was Windows for Workgroups 3.11, code based on Win16 SDK. Shortly after that went into embedded development on a 68000 based processor system using OSE RTOS in the Oil and Gas industry.
     
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  7. Theprof

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    I got my first IT job at 19 as a Desktop support tech. Straight out of school, still working in the same place but moved up!
     
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  8. BosonMichael
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    At 22, I was the go-to computer guy at work. At 28, I got my first "real" IT job as a field service tech.
     
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  9. Bri1981

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    I blagged a job at EDS at 20 on their modern apprentice program working on the DWP rollout, most of the staff were ex civil service who didn't have a clue!
     
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  10. UKDarkstar
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    I started my IT support business at the age of 36 having spent the previous 6 years as an independent financial adviser (IFA). For the last three years of that I had been the Technology Co-Ordinator for the IFA group I belonged to.
     
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  11. dazza786

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    Work experience (1 month) 14/15 - Network office @ NHS Trust
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    edit: does selling game\comms\web hosting count? 14-18
     
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  12. Arroryn
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    23 - "First Line Support Analyst" but about as far removed from that job title as you can get - and it's still my title today :rolleyes: :biggrin

    Had spent time in a variety of other jobs including labourer, FLT driver, trading standards and sales.
     
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  13. Fergal1982

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    I went for one of those in Aberdeen. Scored fairly well in the aptitude test (programming funnily enough - should have been a sign), but failed at the last hurdle.
     
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  14. Bri1981

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    Probably good you didn't get it mate, shocking company to work for, had 1 small pay rise in over 4 years despite completing the course (NVQ Level3) which should have put me on similar money to the rest of the team who were on double my salary!
     
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  15. danielno8

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    During my degree (20) i had 7 months doing desktop support with some server app support. Once i finished my degree i started work as IT assistant (21)
     
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  16. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    Wide variety of ages and roles already. Helps support the argument there is no age limit to get into IT :D
     
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  17. AJ

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    More of an add on in my previous job. Think I was in my mid 30's and then landed a full time IT job when I was nearly 40 and I'm still here.

    So the answer is no, you're never too old.
     
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  18. alicat

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    I was 21, 3 months after graduating my degree, got a temp job on my local nhs servicedesk due to my extensive phone experience.
     
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  19. Luddym

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    I worked on the other side of that said rollout, (Worked for the DWP) and I have to say that out of about 5-6 people on the job, only two actually did ANY work at all.

    To be honest, the whole thing was a bit of a shambles and even an EDS employee stated that he doubted that any of his workforce had the qualifications that they said they did.... and it showed miserably.
     
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  20. Bri1981

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    That's exactly how it was, out of the many big teams, there were only a few guys who knew what they were doing. To some of them even using a mouse or MS Office was witchcraft.
     
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