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The next step??

Discussion in 'Employment & Jobs' started by becks4eva, Sep 15, 2009.


What would you do?

Poll closed Oct 5, 2009.
  1. Complete MCDST and begin career in IT?

  2. Stay put and be assistant manager?

  1. becks4eva

    becks4eva Bit Poster

    Ive found myself in a dilemma...I will soon begin studying for my MCDST which i hope to complete by January next year and get into the IT industry as soon as i can find an entry level job. At the moment i work in the hopitality industry at a well known gastro pub who has offered me a trainee managerial job. The job has its pro's and con's like any job but if i was to take the position i will not be able to do my MCDST and break into the IT industry as i had previously planned. What would you do? Should i rather focus on getting qualified and breaking into the IT industry or sit tight and put my career plans on hold for a while, especially considering the advantage i am at now with having a steady progressive job?
    Any extra thoughts would be welcome in helping me reach a decision....
    Many thanks
    Certifications: Comptia A+, MCDST
  2. wagnerk
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    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

    What's wrong with accepting the trainee management job and continue to study for the MCDST, A+ & Network+ in your spare time? Alot of us study thru work as well as in the evenings/weekends for other qualifications.

    Think of it logically, what are the chances that you'll get your first IT position straight away? You can always quit your job when you do get your foot in the door of IT.

    Last edited: Sep 15, 2009
    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
  3. Arroryn
    Honorary Member

    Arroryn we're all dooooooomed

    I can't select both, but I agree completely with what Ken has advised.

    The majority of CF pursue study part-time, alongside our 'day jobs' - and quite a few aren't in IT either.

    It may be a struggle at first, but there are a few threads on motivation (some recent ones in OT) and a few articles on self-studying.

    Do both - you can do it :thumbleft
    Certifications: A+, N+, MCDST, 70-410, 70-411
    WIP: Modern Languages BA
  4. MLP

    MLP Kilobyte Poster


    Just my personal opinion, and sort of echoing what Arroryn and WagnerK have already said, but take the trainee manager job, and carry on studying.

    It's hard to break into IT, but when you do, a bit of life experience works wonders for your career. Management experience, for example, will help you if you get into IT management, if thats the path your career takes.

    Best of luck with the studies.

    Certifications: HND Computing
  5. Sparky
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    Sparky Zettabyte Poster Moderator

    Yup, do both! :biggrin

    Difficult to say when you will land your first IT job so best to make the most of the job you have while you are there.
    Certifications: MSc MCSE MCSA:M MCSA:S MCITP:EA MCTS(x5) Security+ Network+ A+
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  6. JK2447
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    JK2447 Petabyte Poster Administrator

    Another vote for both :D
    Certifications: BSc (Hons), HND IT, HND Computing, ITIL-F, MBCS CITP, MCP (270,290,291,293,294,298,299,410,411,412) MCTS (401,620,624,652) MCSA:Security, MCSE: Security, Security+, CPTS, VCP4, CCA (XenApp6.5), MCSA 2012, VCP5, VCP6-NV, VSP, VTSP
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  7. BosonMichael
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    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

    Both! That management experience may come in handy someday. :)
    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. colz1234

    colz1234 Bit Poster

    I am in a very similar situation to this at the moment. Currently work in manufacturing, well im a sheet metal worker/coppersmith and have also been studying the a+ mcdst etc. I was offered the foreman/asistant managers role at my work just after i completed my MCDST, so yea im going to take it as it will give me extra brownie points so to speak on future job applications, but also continue with my IT studies and just see where things go.

    In my opinion you would be stupid to pass up a chance of promotion, especially managerial, and now is not exactly the best time to be looking for jobs.
    Certifications: COMPTIA A+, MCP, MCDST

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