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Need some advice

Discussion in 'Employment & Jobs' started by demarrer, Feb 4, 2011.

  1. demarrer

    demarrer Byte Poster


    I was wondering if any one else has been in the same situation as I need some advice?

    About three years ago I landed a really good job, with really good pay as an IT technician. However, after three years in the same role, I realise it is going nowhere. I've tried to progress in my certs but my manager is not interested. I've asked to do network/server/project work, but the teams are so closed, there isnt any chance of getting any more experience than I currently have at the moment. In a word, it's become a dead-end job. I'm totally gutted to be honest, no matter how much effort I put in it just doesnt seem to count. Even my manager said to me that he would keep me doing the same work for the next coming years if he could.

    To try and move on, I'm going for my CCNA at the end of the month (CCENT already in the bag) as I've had a little experience with configuring some routers for remote users as well as general LAN troubleshooting. I hope this will make me more marketable. I could stay and work for the money, but it's also really important for me to become more knowledgable and a better IT pro - I can't keep fixing outlook and printer issues much longer!!

    Has anyone else been in a similar situation? What did you do?


    Certifications: A+, Security +, CCNA, CCSA
    WIP: music, (dreaming of) CCIE Security :D
  2. cosway

    cosway Nibble Poster

    I was in a similar situation a few years back (and now I've found myself back in that position again), I was a really well paid tech, but only really trusted with taking on day-to-day fixes that the higher level techs didn’t want to do. I stayed and waited 2 years for a senior position to become available, and when it did, someone (non technical, but with a degree in maths or something) was dropped in from another part of the organisation.

    I felt bad and actually took a pay cut and moved into a new job as a School’s Network Manager. Now I do everything, if I come across anything I’m not sure of, I research via the web, read a book, and try it out in a lab environment. It’s been a great learning curve, I’ve been doing this now for a further 2 years, but again there is no room for pay advance, no matter how much I do or learn. So I am now trying to get all my experience certified and then move on.

    But I have found that the job market (in this part of UK at least) is screaming for programmers (who will work for minimum wage), CISCO Network specialists with 99+ years experience or ITIL/prince2 paper pushers (for 3 month contracts).

    Like you I’m not sure of my next move, but I’m sure the market will pick up and if I use a technology then I’m getting certified in it. So just look at it as validatng your current skills, if you work with CISCO get the cert.
    Last edited: Feb 4, 2011
    Certifications: MCDST, MCSA, A+
  3. onoski

    onoski Terabyte Poster

    Sorry to hear about your plight but don't let that set you back. Alter your CV and start applying for roles that you're qualified in or are willing to develop in.

    Best wishes and stay positive even if things job wise doesn't look positive. Lastly, the only one that can limit you is you:)
    Last edited: Feb 4, 2011
    Certifications: MCSE: 2003, MCSA: 2003 Messaging, MCP, HNC BIT, ITIL Fdn V3, SDI Fdn, VCP 4 & VCP 5
    WIP: MCTS:70-236, PowerShell
  4. demarrer

    demarrer Byte Poster

    cheers guys! CV under (re)construction and will keep validiating experiences... working on the ICND 2 at the moment, it's a bit of jump from CCENT.

    Onwards and upwards :)
    Certifications: A+, Security +, CCNA, CCSA
    WIP: music, (dreaming of) CCIE Security :D
  5. Boffy

    Boffy Megabyte Poster

    Hi Demarrer,

    I'm in exactly the same position, I'm a well paid IT techie at a school but with an IT department of 3 there isn't any way of going up and turning my job into a career.

    I applied for a few jobs and within 2 weeks I have had an interview for a stockbroker in London, its about the same pay (after travel/lunch etc), but it does offer progression and a way to learn more.

    I wouldn't worry too much about the paper qualifications, just update your CV and look for jobs :) You can apply for the same thing but try find a company that can offer more progression.

    Good luck!
    Certifications: BSc Computer Game Technology, A+
    WIP: MOS 2010
  6. BosonMichael
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    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

    I would recommend taking a lateral shift to a similar position, but in a company where you ARE allowed to help out with the next-level stuff. This will get you experience so you can work your way up to the next level (either with the new company or yet another employer).
    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!

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