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Pigeon Holed....?

Discussion in 'Employment & Jobs' started by Angry Dog, Sep 28, 2009.

  1. Angry Dog

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    Hi,

    I've worked with computers (I wont call it in IT, as I dont think it is!) for over 12 years. I started out at a computer shop, building and repairing PC's, installing Windows etc. I then went on to doing Tech Support for a Delphi based DBA, which I did for 3 and a half years, before moving onto a Superbase DBA, which I have now supported for 7 and a half years.

    I feel because of this that I am pigeon holed. the products I have supported are pretty singular and related only to certain fields (alarm installers being one of them).

    I am concerned then that because I have little in the way of true MS experience, that even with an MCDST / A+ / N+ / Further quals, I am going to find it difficult to find a job away from what I currently do, and even so, will likely be a much lesser paid job than the one I do now.

    Are my fears real, or should I not worry?
     
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  2. BosonMichael
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    You say you're a DBA... Database administration is squarely in the realm of IT, in my opinion. Do you enjoy being a DBA? Would you want a different database admin job? If not, why are you looking to get out of that side?
     
    Certifications: CISSP, MCSE+I, MCSE: Security, MCSE: Messaging, MCDST, MCDBA, MCTS, OCP, CCNP, CCDP, CCNA Security, CCNA Voice, CNE, SCSA, Security+, Linux+, Server+, Network+, A+
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  3. Angry Dog

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    I look after / fix an old 16bit database that has limited use.
    I have no experience with SQL. I do and I dont enjoy it. It can be satisfying at times, but the company I work for have taken most of my motivation away.

    I guess I'd still do database administration, but I guess I'd like to learn more Server Admin.

    I'd like to earn some more money too - I feel underpaid at my age....
     
    Certifications: IT NVQ level 2/3
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  4. Jiser

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    Perhaps. Just expand out your skill set by learning new stuff as you are. MS/Linux stuff.

    Ill be pigeon holed at this rate in shtty schools.
     
    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.
  5. Angry Dog

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    I had a look at Linux (Ubuntu), but needed so mucn help to get it working it seemed a bit silly. Then I also somehow managed to stop it working with Wireless lol.
     
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  6. BosonMichael
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    So do you do any server administration? If even a little, you might be able to get into a server admin position elsewhere. If not, you'll likely find it difficult to get hired into a server administration position, competing against those who DO have that experience, regardless of the number of certifications you achieve. That would likely mean getting a desktop support job, preferably one where they'll start letting you start helping with light server administration.

    Will that mean a cut in pay? No idea, but I suspect so. Still, sometimes you have to take one step back to take three steps forward. Only you can decide which is more important: more money or more job satisfaction.
     
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  7. Angry Dog

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    I dont have any Server Admin experience sadly. I wish I could take a pay cut, but currently given the financial situations, it'd be impossible - rent to pay etc etc :(.

    I know what you mean about having cert's and no experience - its what alot of people dont realise when they do this "guaranteed job afterwards" training I guess.
     
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  8. BosonMichael
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    I hear ya, man. Unfortunately, that's the reason most people never make the switch from other career fields into IT. :(

    Yep, exactly. They believe the advertisements of a job making big bucks right out of school, and though that might happen in extremely rare cases, it's certainly not the norm.
     
    Certifications: CISSP, MCSE+I, MCSE: Security, MCSE: Messaging, MCDST, MCDBA, MCTS, OCP, CCNP, CCDP, CCNA Security, CCNA Voice, CNE, SCSA, Security+, Linux+, Server+, Network+, A+
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  9. Angry Dog

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    It wouldnt be so bad if the gf was working, but as she cant find a job at the moment, its proving hard going...

    Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm

    I have a concern that I am also a bit too old these days, or that I've missed the boat.

    I'm 28, and surely most people my age in IT are already Admin's etc?
     
    Last edited: Sep 29, 2009
    Certifications: IT NVQ level 2/3
    WIP: MCDST, A+, N+

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