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Aiming High

Discussion in 'Polling Station' started by Phoenix, Feb 16, 2007.

  1. Phoenix
    Honorary Member

    Phoenix 53656e696f7220 4d6f64

    What are your aims in IT? how to you plan to achieve them? from the newest A+ graduate to industry vets, where to you plan to take yourself in IT?
    Don't just vote, give us some input, where are you now, where do you aim to be, how to you plan on getting there
    Also please be honest, of you have never heard of some of the certs, dont just click it because its top of the list! :D

    Edit: There was going to be a poll with this, but i felt i would of added confusion due to the wide variety of expected responses
    its more of an opinion poll now :)
    Certifications: MCSE, MCITP, VCP
    WIP: > 0
  2. Arroryn
    Honorary Member

    Arroryn we're all dooooooomed

    I am in first line support, for a medium (250-300 users) sized business.

    I envision working my way up to second and third line. I have indicators that I will soon be first line super, so that'll be the first next step.

    I want to move in to network design and implementation. Work wise, my manager already knows this, and I hope will continue to develop me in that direction for the company I'm with.

    Academic wise, N+ and the standard Cisco tracks. I'm now also leaning precariously towards thinking about doing an MCSE :rolleyes:
    Certifications: A+, N+, MCDST, 70-410, 70-411
    WIP: Modern Languages BA
  3. wagnerk
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    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

    Not sure where I want to end up (currently IT Network Manager). I have a choice of 2.

    1. Higher management.
    2. become a IT Architect.

    Route to get there:

    1. Get the a basic then higher project management cert, eg Project+, Prince, etc (not sure which)
    2. Get more experience as a IT Network Manager (currently been that for 1 year and 1 month).
    3. Get line management experience. Planning on doing a Line Management course @ college (not sure when :) )
    4. Maybe, consider getting my Masters (not sure on this one)
    5. After a few years at my current position, start looking for a higher management job or go back to an engineering position. This depends on the situation and opportunities that maybe/willbe offered at the time.
    6. Get Cisco qualified - CCNA, CCNP @ some point.
    7. Stay up-to-date with new technology (from MS as I work in an MS environment).
    8. Already joined a professional association, for networking & job opportunities - just joined the BCS, so currently evaluating it. But currently aiming for Chartered IT status, if all goes well.
    9. Pursue my trainers cert (eg JEB, MCT, IC3 Authorised Trainer, etc - for my other current job).
    10. When I'm ready (if all goes well & down the Architect route) do a IT/System Architect course - No it doesn't have to be the MCA. Or a business management course.

    Not sure if that's everything, but it's a start :)

    Certifications: CITP, PGDip, BSc, HNC, LCGI, PTLLS, MCT, MCITP, MCTS, MCSE, MCSA:M, MCSA, MCDST, MCP, MTA, MCAS, MOS (Master), A+, N+, S+, ACA, VCA, etc... & 2nd Degree Black Belt
    WIP: MSc in Tech Management
  4. Cockles

    Cockles Megabyte Poster

    I don't work in IT currently, and I am studying the A+ merely out of interest in the subject. Whether or not I make the transition into working in IT, only time will tell. However, after A+, I intend to study web design first, then HTML, and if I do decide to persue a career in IT, I would like to go down the security route
    Certifications: None
    WIP: Trying to find my car keys
  5. Fergal1982

    Fergal1982 Petabyte Poster

    Right now im doing account administration, having been promoted from servicedesk.

    Im thinking heavily that im wanting to get into development, although finding an in will be difficult. i could also head down the AD/exchange/server adminstration
    Certifications: ITIL Foundation; MCTS: Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2010, Administration
    WIP: None at present
  6. noelg24

    noelg24 Terabyte Poster

    Well I am working in first line, much the same as Arroryn, eventually I would like to be in the workshop (fixing and repairing PCs for clients) as I have told my line manager this is where I would like to be at some point. Once I pass the A+ (OS next tues!! Hardware passed), I am going to start on the N+ about May/June this year...if and when I pass that one, I shall take a breather for a few more months then get started on the MCSA or MCSE...:biggrin
    Certifications: A+
    WIP: my life
  7. zimbo
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    zimbo Petabyte Poster

    Right now im a student at uni and im seriously looking at doing a Masters in Computer Forensics. I would eventually like to make it into the field. Otherwise im not eliminating the Network Support side of things if i dont make it in CF so maybe starting in a Junior role then take it from there.
    Certifications: B.Sc, MCDST & MCSA
    WIP: M.Sc - Computer Forensics
  8. tripwire45
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    tripwire45 Zettabyte Poster

    I'll have the opportunity (hopefully less than a month from now) to work with an entire group of professional technical writers. I've pretty much taught myself everything I know about the profession so it's exciting to anticipate what I can learn from others doing the same job.

    It will also be interesting because they write for end users and I write for programmers. Something I'll be able to "bring to the table".

    Beyond continuing to hone my skills by interacting with this new group, I plan to continue studying web development. So far I'm pretty good at HTML and CSS and fair at JavaScript. I want to improve in those areas and move on to XML, Ajax (which is really just JavaScript and XML) and delve into PHP, MySQL, and eventually languages like Perl and Python (Ok...those are "long term" goals).

    You asked. :wink:
    Certifications: A+ and Network+
  9. Wassup

    Wassup Byte Poster

    currently 1st/2nd/3rd line support to a few private clients and am applying for account manager/3rd line support jobs as well as studying towards MCSA over the new few months and then try for more certs, such as security+, 70-350 and the like.
    I see myself getting at least CCNA and ultimately i'd like to go into a security specialisation on a consultancy basis.
  10. zxspectrum

    zxspectrum Gigabyte Poster Premium Member

    When i started my Uni i actually wanted to be in the line of fixing pcs etc and support etc. But im liking web design and programming a lot better so im looking to make my year 2 choices along the lines of that??

    Certifications: BSc computing and information systems
    WIP: 70-680
  11. Arroryn
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    Arroryn we're all dooooooomed

    EDIT: this post now looked silly after JT threads were removed.

    Please carry on reading and ignore it existed!
    Certifications: A+, N+, MCDST, 70-410, 70-411
    WIP: Modern Languages BA
  12. Mr.Cheeks

    Mr.Cheeks 1st ever Gold Member! Gold Member

    i am currently working for an extra large multinational company, however, we are supporting over 110,000 bleeding users!

    just started, and i am hoping to do networking or some sort, but not really sure... it all depends on how i get on this year with mcdst and work
  13. Sparky
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    Sparky Zettabyte Poster Moderator

    Currently I am looking after 20 odd SBS networks and manage the 1st line support team for them. I am also 3rd line support for the larger clients and install SBS networks.

    Plans for the future? Don’t know for sure by I have set myself the goal of obtaining the MCSE before the end of the year.

    Career wise I enjoy my job but I wouldn’t mind getting back to corporate level IT support but will just have to wait and see. I’ve even considered getting into teaching but this would be a major change! :biggrin
    Certifications: MSc MCSE MCSA:M MCSA:S MCITP:EA MCTS(x5) Security+ Network+ A+
    WIP: Office 365, Server 2016, CEH
  14. BosonMichael
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    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

    I'm currently the senior network admin for a healthcare company, while simultaneously trying to get an IT certification training company started. Obviously, my goal is to grow the training company to be the best in the world.
    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+
    WIP: Just about everything!
  15. Bluerinse
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    Bluerinse Exabyte Poster

    I just want more customers, with larger networks and I am set. To achieve that will require more advertising (money), as that is a major factor in attracting businesses.
    Certifications: C&G Electronics - MCSA (W2K) MCSE (W2K)
  16. Sparky
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    Sparky Zettabyte Poster Moderator

    Tell me about it, the company I work at has just obtained a few new clients but unfortunately one of our bigger clients has just been bought over.

    I met the IT new guy today and he said most of the IT infrastructure that I have put in place over the last year will be ripped out to be the same standard as what the main network is in the States.

    Gutted! :cry:
    Certifications: MSc MCSE MCSA:M MCSA:S MCITP:EA MCTS(x5) Security+ Network+ A+
    WIP: Office 365, Server 2016, CEH
  17. Headache

    Headache Gigabyte Poster

    Anyway, my immediate objective is to get my CCNA. After that, maybe go for the CCNP. After that ? Well, get a job in the IT field, maybe. It's all baby steps at this point.

    Of course there's also the possibility that I would win the lottery. In which case, I would jack this all in, buy myself a yatch and go on a worldwide cruise.
    Certifications: CCNA
  18. wizard

    wizard Petabyte Poster

    Will you be getting the job to replace your infrastructure or are you going to have to watch someone else tear your baby apart?
    Certifications: SIA DS Licence
    WIP: A+ 2009
  19. Sparky
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    Sparky Zettabyte Poster Moderator

    I’m not going to be involved. Looks like I need to hand over the domain admin password in March (that’s when the contact is up) and let them get on with it.

    Will just have to wait and see what happens but I’m hoping the IT guys who are taking over don’t get their act together before March and I can get the contract signed for another 12 months. Long shot though! :biggrin
    Certifications: MSc MCSE MCSA:M MCSA:S MCITP:EA MCTS(x5) Security+ Network+ A+
    WIP: Office 365, Server 2016, CEH
  20. simongrahamuk
    Honorary Member

    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

    I guess I'm at a bit of a cross roads really in where I go in my career. I've been in my current role (School Network Manager) for almost Four years, and I'm not starting to get 'itchy feet'. The Dilemma for me though is where do I go?

    I enjoy my job, but effectively I'm at the top of my tree in schools, unless schools start to develop 'Senior Management' positions for people like me. A few schools are, but not many. With BSF around the corner it is also putting 'in house' school ICT support under threat too, so I have to think about that aswell.

    Prior to working for the school I worked as an engineer for a reseller, going out, installing and fixing systems, etc. I loved that job, but I just wouldn't fancy going going back to it. What I am thinking about is consultancy.

    As a consultant I would be able to listen to customers needs and give them a solution based on those needs. The only down side to it, consultancy = sales. Whilst I may have enough technical knowledge I just don't know if I could push the sales side.

    A friend of mine said to me the other day though, You only need the sales 'patter' if you don't know what you're talking about. Sounds true enough to me.

    One thing that I don't want to happen is that I get stuck in my 'comfort zone' and end up not pushing myself as hard as I should.


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