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which way to go now?

Discussion in 'Employment & Jobs' started by Kris, Oct 4, 2009.

  1. Kris

    Kris New Member

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    I have 10 years of experience in first and second line desktop support. But I got bored handling the same problems over and over again and I was thinking about a career move months ago. I decided to study computer science in Open University as a long term plan.

    But, crises for everyone, I got fired! I became too expensive for that multinational.
    I have basis experience and knowledge with networking, TCP/IP, ... and the normal 2nd line stuff. I also have my first final done (SQL- databases) at university with a beautiful 80%. I already have a graduate degree in library and information science.

    What can be a next move? I 'll earn less money than I did with my 2nd line support job with 10 years experience, but I have no other choice now, have I.
    My Open University will take too long to complete. I have a loan to pay for my house, so I can not study OU full time. I want to study something on the short term and continue my Open University as a long term plan, studying in the evenings.

    I might get an opportunity to have a 10 month full time course in system administrator for free. It is not MCSA, it will be a certification of the governement I suppose. MAybe I can use that as a basic level to continue certifications.

    SQL can be an other plan. I want to eventally end up in a combination of IT and library science and databases are very important in that area. Can I start studying SQL database administrator without having good knowledge of Microsoft windows server? Can I learn all I need in the MCITP database administrator course?

    Are there other options?
     
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  2. BosonMichael
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    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

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    Did you get any server administration experience during your 10 years?
     
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  3. Kris

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    The server administration was only basic level: move usersdirectory to other servers, AD account management, hardware failure diagnostics (using event viewer, HpOpenview), basic hardware interventions (replacing and rebuilding disks, add memory), installing a server occasionaly incl RAID config (by using procedures), ...
     
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  4. BosonMichael
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    Still, it's experience. I'd think you'd be a good candidate for the MCSA. Not sure about that government certification... a certification is only as good as it's recognizability to employers. They've likely heard of Microsoft certifications... but probably not the other.

    SQL may be more difficult... database administration isn't really a job that you just jump right into without a bit of experience first.
     
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