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IT Work Experience

Discussion in 'Employment & Jobs' started by Ddan, Feb 8, 2012.

  1. Ddan

    Ddan Nibble Poster

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    Hi guys

    I am currently applying for 1st line Support jobs but i have been thinking that it might be better to try and get some experience by contacting a IT support company/Helpdesk and work for free. What do you guys think? thanks
     
  2. Oro

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    Whereabouts are you located Ddan?
     
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  3. Ddan

    Ddan Nibble Poster

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    North London Oro
     
  4. soundian

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    If you're going to work for nothing, volunteer for a charity.
    I did that for a few months. The sysadmin gave me a great reference which I think contributed to getting my first job.

    If you try to work for nothing in a commercial enterprise, you WILL get the boring, shi1tty jobs. "Why should I do it when we've got no-cost Dan to do it for me?? I can concentrate on higher things like my navel, although it does seem to get lower every few months. Yeah, just get Dan to do it and I'll phone the customer back when I can squeeze it in my busy schedule of photo-shopping colleagues heads on to amusing backgrounds, you know, like those amusing seaside photos where you put your head through a hole and pretend to be whatevers painted on the front."
     
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  5. Ddan

    Ddan Nibble Poster

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    Thanks for the feedback soundian. What is the best way to do that though? contact them and ask?
    ?
     
  6. Oro

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    Just curious. I'm in the South East but we've probably been aplying for the same jobs as I'm looking for Junior positions as well.

    In any case have a look at this website: it4communities.org.uk

    Stumbled across it not too long ago as I was browsing some old posts for any useful information.
     
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  7. soundian

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    There are websites which carry volunteer requests from many different charities, some national, some local. Google somehting like "volunteer name_of_my_town/city" and see what it throws up.
    I live in Edinburgh and we have the handily entitled volunteeredinburgh.org.uk. I reckon there will be something similar near you.
     
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  8. Ddan

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    Thanks for the website Oro but you have to have at least one year of experience before you can even apply. Thanks for the useful information soundian.
     
  9. Boffy

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    Ddan, do you have any IT certs yet?

    Perhaps you could look at your CV from a employers perspective and see whether you show enthusiasm and a genuine interest in an IT career.

    It got me into both my first-line roles without any huge experience other than showing my passion and letting them know my long-term goals.
     
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  10. Ddan

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    Hi Boffy I do not currently have any IT certs but i have stated that i am working towards attaining my A+ certification on my CV.
     
  11. Boffy

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    Then keep applying and studying,

    a voluntary defintely won't stop your chances, I'd just be slightly concerned with using that time to apply for more jobs and get through your A+.

    Trying to find a voluntary job in the first place won't be easy.
     
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  13. TheMagician

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    How many jobs have you applied to?
     
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  14. Ddan

    Ddan Nibble Poster

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    thanks for the advice Boffy.
     
  15. Ddan

    Ddan Nibble Poster

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    Ive been applying for loads for the last couple of months.
     
  16. Ddan

    Ddan Nibble Poster

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    I personally think that part of the problem is the fact that most jobs are posted by recruitment agencies.
     
  17. Oro

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    Job title: 1st Line Support
    Salary: £12,000 pa

    Essential Experience:

    • Must have at least 12 months 1st line support experience
    • Must be MCSE certified


    Bit of an exaggeration but I'm not too far off.

    I know what it's like though. Just try to stay positive and keep applying.

    Have you tried sending prospective letters/emails to companies?
     
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  18. Ddan

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    Not yet ill have to give it a try.
     

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