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Where to go next?!?

Discussion in 'Training & Development' started by Smorg, May 16, 2008.

  1. Smorg

    Smorg Bit Poster

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    Hi there - just after some advice.
    For the past 2 years I have been working as a Field Engineer - basically, repairing PC,laptop,printers etc and this was the 1st IT job that I had. I was always a bit wary about it because I was classed as an agency worker with a temp contract. That didn't seem to be a problem as every day for the past 2 years I have been working.
    The money as pretty good but it was always my intention to do this for a year/18 months and then try and get into a proper IT based job. This never happened, mainly down to the fact that I really enjoyed the job and laziness!
    However, last week I was told that there was no more work and my service would no longer be required! Because I'm classed as an agency/contractor I have no say in this.
    So, I have been trawling through the papers/internet job sites to see whats out there and it's not too pretty!
    I do not have any formal IT qualifications - just the 2 years experience in hardware break/fix.
    What chances to you guys think I have in even getting an 'entry' level job. Is helpdesk work classed as entry level?
    Just really stuck as I loved the job I had but no idea what I should be looking for next...
    Any ideas or suggestions of what I should be looking for?
    Thanks guys
     
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  2. Chopperchand

    Chopperchand Nibble Poster

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    Hi

    From the experience you got (24 months) you should be able to get an entry level job on a helpdesk., I see you are currently studying for A+ which you should breeze with your experience so that is your first qualification, You might want to do N+ / MCDST, they can all be self studied

    But as long as you are comfortable with XP and office applications you should be fine.

    Try CWjobs.co.uk there are normally a lot of helpdesk roles and field engineer as well if you enjoyed that type of work.

    Normally any job with 1st line/level helpdesk support is entry level, but I think you need to read the job spec as well; as the job titles can be misleading

    Good luck:)
     
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  3. Fastracksteve

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    Jobsite is also very good. Keep your eyes open for similar roles to the one you have been doing if you enjoy it, I've seen a few myself over the last week or so. Best of luck! :biggrin
     
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  4. Smorg

    Smorg Bit Poster

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    thanks for replying.

    Yeah, just trawling through all the jobsites - a bit shocked that even for entry level roles they are asking for a hell of a lot of certs for not much money! Surprised!
     
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  5. BosonMichael
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    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

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    Not sure what the problem is... you've got 2 *years* of PC repair experience that most entry-level techs don't have! They'd kill to get experience like that! So, count your blessings, and send your CV out to several prospective employers. Your real-world experience will definitely be an asset.
     
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