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Where to go next?!?

Discussion in 'Training & Development' started by Smorg, May 16, 2008.

  1. Smorg

    Smorg Bit Poster

    Hi there - just after some advice.
    For the past 2 years I have been working as a Field Engineer - basically, repairing PC,laptop,printers etc and this was the 1st IT job that I had. I was always a bit wary about it because I was classed as an agency worker with a temp contract. That didn't seem to be a problem as every day for the past 2 years I have been working.
    The money as pretty good but it was always my intention to do this for a year/18 months and then try and get into a proper IT based job. This never happened, mainly down to the fact that I really enjoyed the job and laziness!
    However, last week I was told that there was no more work and my service would no longer be required! Because I'm classed as an agency/contractor I have no say in this.
    So, I have been trawling through the papers/internet job sites to see whats out there and it's not too pretty!
    I do not have any formal IT qualifications - just the 2 years experience in hardware break/fix.
    What chances to you guys think I have in even getting an 'entry' level job. Is helpdesk work classed as entry level?
    Just really stuck as I loved the job I had but no idea what I should be looking for next...
    Any ideas or suggestions of what I should be looking for?
    Thanks guys
    WIP: A+
  2. hbroomhall

    hbroomhall Petabyte Poster Gold Member

    Well - my view is that those 2 years experience are worth a great deal!

    While things are difficult at the moment that experience should get you another job before too long.

    Certifications: ECDL A+ Network+ i-Net+
    WIP: Server+
  3. ajs1976

    ajs1976 Byte Poster

    Experience is usually more important then certs or education. Start sending out resumes and working on some certs. Pick the certs that line up the most with what you have experience in, so you can get through them quickly.
    Certifications: MCSE, CCEA, Sec+, L+, N+
    WIP: 2008, CAG, or CCENT (not sure)
  4. BosonMichael
    Highly Decorated Member Award

    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

    Yep... experience always beats certification. With your experience, you should be able to knock out the A+ in no time. But don't wait until you get certified... send out CVs immediately! :)
    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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