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How do you progress your IT career when an employer is blocking development?

Discussion in 'The Lounge - Off Topic' started by RajeshDPatel, Jul 2, 2016.

  1. RajeshDPatel

    RajeshDPatel New Member

    Hi All

    I was wondering if you have any advice as to how I can progress my career in IT? I am currently working as a IT Service Desk Specialist but mainly 1st line support but I am looking to progress in to infrastructure support and networking. I have my Cisco Certified Network Associate which I acquired in March 2016 and CompTIA A+ certifications. I have enquired with my current employer but there they are no developmemt opportinities and they are not willing to give me any experience in infrastructure so I can gain experience in this area. I believe gaining relevant experience would be beneficial to me in securing a networking role

    I want to continue in employment as I have a family to support but also gain networking experience at the same time

    I have not decided which area of networking to specialise in but voice, data or infrastructure are my main fields of interest

    I would really appreciate any advice on this as it is very frustrating working in my current role and I know I am capable of so much more

  2. zxspectrum

    zxspectrum Gigabyte Poster Premium Member

    I think the best thing to do is stay where you are but keep looking for jobs elsewhere, unless your present employer has a change of heart.

    Certifications: BSc computing and information systems
    WIP: 70-680
  3. rocdamike

    rocdamike Byte Poster Gold Member


    Keep improving yourself while looking for jobs elsewhere. You have the CCNA in Routing and Switching which is a really good start. I am sure there will be companies willing to take the chance with employing you provided your fundamental networking knowledge is strong.
    Certifications: F5 CTS, LTM | F5-CA | CCNA: Sec | CCNA: R&S | ITIL Foundation
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  4. Jaron78

    Jaron78 Megabyte Poster

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    What @rocdamike says.

    I am working towards N+ and a CCNA R&S. I have told my employer what I am doing and then it's up to them.

    They know the route that I want to follow. I'd be happy to stay here, but if they can't offer me said route, it's time to look elsewhere.
  5. SimonD
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    SimonD Terabyte Poster

    Actually I would probably start by looking for replacement work, if my employer isn't prepared to invest in me or my career why am I still working for them?
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  6. Juelz

    Juelz Gigabyte Poster

    Amongst other issues, this is currently a problem I am facing. I do like working on the helpdesk but in many ways its challengeing in places it doesnt need to be. My current place offers zero investment in their staff and do not care, and do nothing to help them, there is only progression to those who kiss booty beyond belief, I want a job where I can develop and get the support to do so, I can honestly say I am learning nothing at my current role, if I get an issue which is too hard for me it pretty much comes down to whether I can talk my way out of it not learning anything about how to fix the issue. I have decided to look elsewhere despite the advice given on CF.

    If I have to leave IT then I will overall I am not staying with my current employer not even if by some miracle they offered me 50k a year, thats how bad it really is.
    WIP: A+
  7. Rob1234

    Rob1234 Megabyte Poster

    That sounds like a lot of 1st line roles (not all) but as it is entry level a lot of employees know they can just replace you with a different entry level employee. It is a stepping stone to moving up be it up within that organisation or another.
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