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What type of job to look for as a newbie in linux?

Discussion in 'Employment & Jobs' started by vtrader125, Jan 18, 2015.

  1. vtrader125

    vtrader125 New Member

    Hi guys,
    I'm trying to get starting into a linux admin type job, have no experience in the IT world. But have been using linux as a desktop for the last several years. My first distro many years ago was slackware, but these days I use linuxMint as a desktop.
    I'm looking into getting the RHCSA as a starting cert.
    But looking the jobs sites there does not appear to be any newbie type linux jobs. Even the junior roles ask for 2+ years of experience and a bunch of other skills which I don't have.
    Where would I start?
    Even if I do manage to get RHCSA, I still have nothing in real world experience, and the junior job listings are rare. I don't want to spend money on books and exams when I still will not be able to find work.

  2. SimonD
    Honorary Member

    SimonD Terabyte Poster Moderator

    Ideally you are going to have to start in an EUC (End User Computing) type of role in a company that has Linux as the desktop, gain some real world experience and then move to a Platform team that operates at the Server level, once you have that role I would look toward the certification route, remember that certification is ideally there to prove experience and ability, pointless in my opinion if you don't have either.

    In my place we have Mac OS, Linux and Windows in the environment, our EUC and Platform Teams operate on both with specialists in one OS but them having experience in all of them.
    Certifications: CNA | CNE | CCNA | MCP | MCP+I | MCSE NT4 | MCSA 2003 | Security+ | MCSA:S 2003 | MCSE:S 2003 | MCTS:SCCM 2007 | MCTS:Win 7 | MCITP:EDA7 | MCITP:SA | MCITP:EA | MCTS:Hyper-V | VCP 4 | ITIL v3 Foundation | VCP 5 DCV | VCP 5 Cloud | VCP6 NV | VCP6 DCV | VCAP 5.5 DCA
    WIP: VCP6-CMA, VCAP-DCD and Linux + (and possibly VCIX-NV).
  3. reverb

    reverb Byte Poster

    From my experience, you will probably need find a desktop support role where they use Windows and as well as Linux. That way you may get the opportunity to dabble with Linux in a real working environment and then you can eventually venture into the Linux world when you have gained some experience.

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