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Old 05-25-2011, 04:53 PM   #1
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So today marked the 3rd day for doing garbage and hauling merchandise at my 2 month contract job. The title was very misleading and I thought I was going to be installing PC's. I am in a group with 2 other people and 2 of us are hauling trash and the other one is hauling merchandise.

The thing that pisses me off is 4 new guys came into our project this week and they got put onto better teams and they were all considered Desktop Technician 1's like we were. Currently right now I feel like this job is crap and I just want to finish it.

How do I get over my angry while at the job that I do not like? It's good money, but currently I want the job for experience and not for the money. So basically all the stuff I put about installing PC equipment can go out the window with my resume. I can just put "Hauled garbage for 2 months" on my resume. That is really what I did. For the first two weeks I did do some IT stuff.

I feel like I am loosing my skills that I worked so hard for :( The teams are already picked so their is no way to change. I am stuck doing this job for another month and a week.

This month really sucked because my group at school did not include me in the project even though I asked them billions of times. Sorry, I just had to vent about my job and my school.

P.S. Before taking any job, make sure the company is not going to rip you off and change you to something else! Get out of their unless you really need the money.
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Old 05-26-2011, 03:53 AM   #2
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Talk to your boss and ask him where you could improve as you feel you are not getting what you would from the job (thats the nice way of putting it).
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Yeah, but the groups are finalized. I am thinking about getting a Bachelors in Information Technology and Administrative management at Central Washington University and becoming an administrative assistant as a back up job.
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IT is very competative and when you get a job you basically need to kiss the bosses butt but sometimes it doesn't matter how nice you are to them sometimes your face doesn't fit.

Administration could help because you get to deal with people which is very important in IT.
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Greenbrucelee,

This is the bachelors degree I was thinking about doing. It is at Central Washington University, same college my mom went to. This degree is online because they are now starting to offer online degrees.

I don't need to put that it is an online degree. This college mostly does on-campus degrees.

https://www.cwu.edu/~itam/PDF/BSITAMp...et%2009-12.pdf
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Looks okay to me. You wont have to put on your resume thats in online or anything like that a degree is a degree.

Some companies are degree bias meaning that they favour candidates from certain schools/universities but this is a dying belief thankfully. Although if you go against someone with exactly the same qualifications and experience who went to a top university most of the time you will loose out but like I said this a dying belief now and its about time too.

I have dealt with people who went to some of the top universities in America and the UK and a lot of them are very clever but put them in the real world and they havent got a clue.

Getting this admin job whilst studying will definatly help you. What I would suggest is after doing it for a 6 months to a year whilst doing your studies start applying for help desk and 1st line support jobs it will stand you on good stead against other candidates.

I have said before and I will say it again I dont have a bachelors degree because it isn't neccesary if you follow the correct route for getting in IT. I do however have what you in the US would call an associates degree though.

I was offered a job in Tenessee last year but I have had to turn it down because my mother has parkinsons disease and needs looking after. I have been told there is a position open for me when ever I want but I don't know when or if I will ever be able to do it.

I was offered that job on the basis of my experience not qualifications or certifications (although they would have a factor somewhere) and I started of whilst studying doing an admin job and a labourers job. You dont have to have a pure technical background to get into IT. Being able to talk to people and communicate is about 70% of an IT technicians role 20% is technical and 10% is mundane so an admin background is ideal.
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Most large companies use software to communicate what each tech has to do. I log into the software every morning and my cue comes up which tells me what I have to do and the priority of each. The only verbal communication that we do is our weekly conference calls. Tons of email communications, but very little verbal. I have lots of friends in the same role as me and they all use the same software to do their jobs.
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Depends on role. If your on a help desk where customers phone in the communicatio skills are essential or a customer facing IT Tech role or field service technican role then communication skills are a must.
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I do go to our different sites from time to time, but still very little verbal communication. If you own a repair business and go out in the field then yes, communication skills are vital. Not so much in large corporations as everything is done through cues and emails.
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I do go to our different sites from time to time, but still very little verbal communication. If you own a repair business and go out in the field then yes, communication skills are vital. Not so much in large corporations as everything is done through cues and emails.
when I did first line the majority was on the phone and email, after I moved in to doing general tech duties and network I was quite often on my own so when I had to do something its was mainly responding to ticket requests and the odd phone call.
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I'm on my own for the most part. I haven't talked to my manager in months. Tons of email communications, but no verbal. As long as things are getting done he's happy and leaves us to do our thing.
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I just feel like I need a bachelors degree because I don't want to end up like one guy at my contract job who only has two basic certifications and has 7 years of experience in IT and was a system admin and now is what supposedly is, "Desktop Technician 1". That is the same position as me.
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I just feel like I need a bachelors degree because I don't want to end up like one guy at my contract job who only has two basic certifications and has 7 years of experience in IT and was a system admin and now is what supposedly is, "Desktop Technician 1". That is the same position as me.
he's probably where he is due to his attitude or something. It isn't a neccesity to have a degree it IT although it can help. If he was a systems admin then he should still be one or have gone to a higher level. Do you know what he used to study his certs?

I ask that because I know 3 people who were systems admins and they made huge mistakes because 2 of them had cheated their way to the MCSE using braindumps and eventually got caught out for not knowing common systems admin procedures whilst the other was just someone who was good at studying but didn't have any real world experience so that caught her out.

2 of them now work in second line support and the girl now works in a cake factory.
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yeah still. I am going to get my bachelors. Better safe then sorry.
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You already have your associates so what's two more years right. With how tough the job market is now, a bachelor's would give you an edge. Experience, education, and certifications are the three things that companies look for. A bachelor's degree is really beneficial if you ever get an opportunity to work for the government or government contractors.
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And a Bachelor's degree will help get your resume to even be looked at as the resume scanners alot of companies use these days look for key words such as bachelor's degree.
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yup thats what I am thinking! As soon as this contract job is over, i am a full time student again! :) No more work for awhile :D
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You should at least do some part time jobs or look for internships.
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You should at least do some part time jobs or look for internships.
Pinoy, I have already had a part time job and that was for almost 9 months. I got sick of it real quick. Don't want another job until i get my bachelors.
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Good luck with everything Armymanis!
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