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#1 Darktune

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 04:32 AM

Hey everyone just wanting some advice.

 

I've recently completed an IT apprenticeship (on my final month) it's been an amazing experience and it's put me in the mindset that IT is the job I love doing.

 

Anyway, the company I completed my apprenticeship with can not keep me past my apprenticeship due to funding. 

So it is understandable that I'm looking for work. I've had quite a few recruitment agencies ring me and talk to me nothing set in stone.

 

My skills are so wide due to the job I was doing in my apprenticeship, I worked with networking equipment including switches, patch panels, and servers. I've worked with EPOS systems and EFT systems and their servers. I have also used and managed CCTV software, Raspberry Pi's running movies and on top of all that, user support. Also I cannot forget I also helped set up a new Anti-virus software across all the servers and PC's.

 

So I'm not sure what tier job should I aim for? 

 

For sure I'm not looking for a senior role as I am only 20. But what should I be aiming for? UK based btw.

 

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 09:24 PM

I don't know what certifications you currently hold or where you want to go in IT, both of these will factor into what you want to do.  Being in the US I know nothing about how things are done over seas, but would assume that they are similar.  I'm also assuming that your recruitment agencies are similar to our contracting companies.

 

Being that you're young contracting might be what you're looking for, at least in the short term.  Contracting will give you experience in different environments to let you know where you want to work.  Learn all you can when you're on a job.  The more you know the more you are worth, both in terms of salary and to the company you are working for.

 

If you have a choice take the jobs that are right for you.  I highly recommend following Liz Ryan of Human Workplace on LinkedIn (You may need a LinkedIn account to view the Liz Ryan link.)  Read Liz's postings, they are both for employees and employers.

 

What job tier you should aim for will be determined by your certifications and education.  If you don't have either then you're looking at the Help Desk.  If you have certifications and/or education you can aim a little higher.



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Posted 18 July 2014 - 04:06 AM

Thanks for the reply. 

 

I do have certifications. I have not yet gone on to my degree but I am starting it this year. 

 

I did read yesterday that companies are favouring apprentices to hire rather than graduates due to the experience over knowledge.


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Posted 19 July 2014 - 12:48 PM

I did read yesterday that companies are favouring apprentices to hire rather than graduates due to the experience over knowledge.

 

I'd love to see this become more common place.  I've been doing this a long time, since last century.  Back in the early days those of us doing the work came to fear "Paper MCSEs".  These were people who only had their Microsoft certifications and no experience or understanding of how things actually worked, all they knew were the answers for the tests.



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Posted 20 July 2014 - 08:23 AM

Hi,

 

I would say first line support.  I was in the same place as you. Did a 6 months apprenticeship and got my NVQ Level 3 IT Pratictioner and telecoms professional, MCITP, MCTS and CompTIA A+ , It took a couple of months but did find employment and currenlty working as a on-site Enginner for company that is a AASP and gained my Apple certificate's.

 

I would say just apply and get your name out there :)


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Posted 29 July 2014 - 05:16 AM

I am pretty sure you will easily be qualified for first line support and from the sounds of it your broad experience will also be something that helps you.

 

Once you have been there a while and have a feel for the organisation you in you can then choose to specialise in something.



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Posted 05 September 2014 - 01:59 PM

There's no reason you can't do both, and in fact, you should do both. The more you can add to your resume and the more you can expand your knowledge, the more you will be worth to employers.

 

I will hopefully be graduating this coming spring with my bachelor's in Information Technology, along with two internships, and at least a Network+ certification (working on CCNT and CCNA though).

 

Since you mentioned you're starting your degree, good choice! The IT field (at least in the US) is evolving in such a way that a 4-year degree is becoming the standard requirement for much of anything beyond Tier 1 Helpdesk.


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Posted 08 September 2014 - 08:03 AM

A bit of a short update on all of this. 

 

I landed myself a job with the #1 IT support company in my country and they're #77 in the world. 

It's tier 1 help desk for the moment but It's great! But I am starting my degree this year along side working.

 

So hopefully this will bring great things!


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Posted 08 September 2014 - 08:04 AM

Btw, CCNA is the one of the most prized qualifications in my country in IT. If you have that you have a job.


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