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How long did you stay in your first IT job?

Discussion in 'Employment & Jobs' started by fatp, Mar 26, 2009.

  1. fatp

    fatp Byte Poster

    I started a thread similar to this one a year or so ago. Now that I have been in my current role for over 15 months, I have throughly enjoyed it and learnt many new skills, but have thought about dusting off the old CV again! New challenges and what not etc

    The title of this thread says it all really, How long did you stay in your first IT job?, and if your still currently in your first role, how long do you expect to be there?

    FatP :)
  2. Fergal1982

    Fergal1982 Petabyte Poster

    I suppose that depends on how you classify 'first IT job'. If you mean the first position i was in, 3-5 months. If you mean my first IT employer, then about 2 years or so.
    Certifications: ITIL Foundation; MCTS: Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2010, Administration
    WIP: None at present
  3. Qs

    Qs Semi-Honorary Member Gold Member

    I'm still in my first I.T job. Was working as part-time first/second Line support when at Uni. Graduated last year and am now full-time.

    It's not particularly challenging but am quite happy to stay here (especially as they reimburse exam costs) for the time being :)

    Total time - 2 and a bit years.

    Certifications: MCT, MCSE: Private Cloud, MCSA (2008), MCITP: EA, MCITP: SA, MCSE: 2003, MCSA: 2003, MCITP: EDA7, MCITP: EDST7, MCITP: EST Vista, MCTS: Exh 2010, MCTS:ServerVirt, MCTS: SCCM07 & SCCM2012, MCTS: SCOM07, MCTS: Win7Conf, MCTS: VistaConf, MCDST, MCP, MBCS, HND: Applied IT, ITIL v3: Foundation, CCA
  4. wagnerk
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    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

    My first employer for the IT field was just under 2 years. I say that as my job role & title changed during that period.

    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
  5. Evilwheato

    Evilwheato Kilobyte Poster

    Still my first employer, been there 6 months at the end of the month :)
    I'm pretty happy where I am at the moment. I get enough hands on experience, and have enough time to study for my cert's. I'll probably be there another 6 months, then see how it goes.
  6. nXPLOSi

    nXPLOSi Terabyte Poster

    Im also still in my first IT job, its been just under 3 years now, although I've been with my current employer for 4 and a half years; I started on the Accounts section haha.

    Similar to Qs, I have my exam costs, books etc paid for, as well as other little perks that make me think I won't be moving anywhere in the near future. 8)
    Certifications: A+, Network+, Security+, MCSA 2003 (270, 290, 291), MCTS (640, 642), MCSA 2008
    WIP: MCSA 2012
  7. BosonMichael
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    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

    I worked as a Field Service Tech for 7 months before one of our customers wanted me to work for them full time. So I worked another 4 months for them directly... 11 months total. Would have stayed there if a former employer hadn't asked me to come work for them for a hefty salary increase.
    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!
  8. Jiser

    Jiser Kilobyte Poster

    First I.T. job was my placement year, I did that for 40 weeks roughly. So a year it was pretty much. I was basically support and anything else required in an organisation of 120 (15 of whom were spread over U.K.) Most of the time there was buger all to do but I did have alot of exposure to different technologies and stuff to sort out.
    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.
  9. mcbro

    mcbro Byte Poster

    I was a Customer Service Technician for 10 months, now on my second role and looking for my third as i type!
    Certifications: MCITP:EA, CCNA
  10. Metalstar

    Metalstar Kilobyte Poster

    Still in my 1st IT role and have been for just about 2 years. I expect I am going to want to move on in 9-12 months after I get a few more relevant certs under my belt.

    They are extremely supportive here so I will probably feel bad moving on. They pay for exams/home broadband/mobile phone etc.

    Considering that I joined as a pension administrator about 3 years ago - I should be thankful :biggrin
    Certifications: A+
    WIP: Network+
  11. Andy L

    Andy L Bit Poster

    I'm still in my first role as the network manager in a school, having been here 13 months. I'm still learning new things every day but the pay is terrible and I can't stand one of my managers... I'd like to be out and into a better-paid job by the end of the year or hopefully, the end of the school year (July).
  12. drum_dude

    drum_dude Gigabyte Poster

    First job was as an IT Technician at a private school. Stayed for approx 18months before the Head encouraged me to go out into the big bad world! I wasn't sacked LOL, but the head always saw it as a 'starter job' and knew that people could only go so far in the role. Since then he's employed 5 others who have gone on to bigger and better things. He was a great guy!
    Certifications: MCSA , N+, A+ ,ITIL V2, MCTS
    WIP: MCITP 2008 Ent Admin, Server Admin, Exchange 2010, Lync 2010, CCNA & VCP5
  13. Theprof

    Theprof Petabyte Poster Premium Member

    I am still on my first IT job... I've been there for 2 and half years now...
    Certifications: A+ | CCA | CCAA | Network+ | MCDST | MCSA | MCP (270, 271, 272, 290, 291) | MCTS (70-662, 70-663) | MCITP:EMA | VCA-DCV/Cloud/WM | VTSP | VCP5-DT | VCP5-DCV
  14. osiris

    osiris Bit Poster

    Contract 1st line Support started July 2008 ended November 2008. I do not think I will get a job via an Agency only get interviews with companies recruiting directly. With agencies you have people with no certifications or real knowledge of IT, deciding whether you are suitable or not for a position
    Certifications: CompTIA A+ Net+ CCNA MCP 70-270 70-290
    WIP: 70-291 to make MCSA
  15. craigie

    craigie Terabyte Poster

    I was in 1st Line Support for 2 months in June and July 2008 until I was seconded into 2nd Line in August 2008.

    Still in 2nd Line Support, So err 2 months.
    Certifications: CCA | CCENT | CCNA | CCNA:S | HP APC | HP ASE | ITILv3 | MCP | MCDST | MCITP: EA | MCTS:Vista | MCTS:Exch '07 | MCSA 2003 | MCSA:M 2003 | MCSA 2008 | MCSE | VCP5-DT | VCP4-DCV | VCP5-DCV | VCAP5-DCA | VCAP5-DCD | VMTSP | VTSP 4 | VTSP 5
  16. westernkings

    westernkings Gigabyte Poster

    I am in the same boat as you, same city as well haha (In Trafford Park ;) ).

    They are really supportive, will have been here a year in July, and I will feel really bad moving on, they took me on with no experience, and I suppose I owe them a huge debt for giving a college student a break into an IT career.
  17. ally_uk

    ally_uk Nibble Poster

    1st line support for 2 years

    Now working as a I.T Technician for a Social Enterprise which specialises in the refurbishment of old computer equipment. been here 2.5 Years

    Job role is varied, Small proJect so money is tight I:

    Refurbish and repair old computers ready for resale
    Provide 1st line support to sister small chairities and projects
    Maintain the inhouse network ( basic troubleshooting, software upgrades, basic fault finding)
    Run the computer repair service to the public
    Handle computer sales both to public and ebay
    Assist with the collection of I.T equipment ( worst part of job means a hell of alot of lifting)
    Train and mentor volunteers
    Train external clients on how to build computers

    So yeah i'm a busy boy lol but I hope to move on to a new role once the recession is through with

    Due to start A+ this year, Network+ next year and currently studying for the MCDST, I hope to also be driving by the end of this year.

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