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Windows 7: Question about being a IT

08 Jul 2009   #11

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu

As an example of IT diversity this site has a good spread of job descriptions for a variety of roles.

Australian Computer Society - Job Description
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08 Jul 2009   #12

Win 8 Release candidate 8400

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by l337 View Post
that does help thanks so you dont have to code if you dont want to, btw what did you do as a IT
I was the systems administrator for abt 5 years.

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08 Jul 2009   #13

Windows 10 Tech Preview 9926 x64

I'm the IT guy for a non-profit, and all I have for education is my GED. I take care of everything from updating the webpages and moderating the forum, to keeping the servers updated and doing repairs on client machines.
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08 Jul 2009   #14

Windows 3.11

I am IT
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08 Jul 2009   #15

Windows 7 Ultimate x32

i would be a janitor at an IT place.... if they didnt do urinalysis...

J/K .... where i live computers are like unicorns. (lots of 'farm' folk)
so an IT job around here would be just as rare. which sux.
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08 Jul 2009   #16

win 7 Ultimate

well i am IT too. been in for over 20 years i guess. i have done a lot from bulding and selling pc's back when you could make money in it. i have owned a dial up ISP and was network tech for a internet back bone too. did consulting for a lot of years too.
all i have is GED and 1 year of a computer class in college. as for progrmaing and db stuff i dont like it. i like hard ware and networking..
right now i work in a call center for the #2 pc maker working on enterprise class hard ware in the alt os cue. :)

yeh i don't do windows for a living lol

only thing to say if you like what you do then get payed for it man. if you are trying to get in to a job for the money and you don't like then you will not enjoy the money.

good luck.
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08 Jul 2009   #17

XPSP3, Se7en RTM

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zidane2424 View Post
I am an IT (bachelor's in CIS) and I love it...I run a Help Desk at a UNIV and the job never gets old...helping people is just my thing...
Same here.

Well, I don't have a degree in CIS, but a bachelors in Psychology. Back when I was in college (early 90's), there were barely any computer courses. Sure there was UNIX, pascal and other assembly languages around (cobalt, fortran) but I decided not to pursue them. Too much mathematics, lol. I've started using computers since 1983 -- Apple IIe was my very first PC. I also learned to program in BASIC then moved on to Pascal (Macinitosh).

With the internet going mainstream, I taught myself HTML, web scripting etc. Got a job running a Help Desk which lasted several years -- absolutely loved it, btw. At present, I'm self-employed, a freelance computer tech. Life is good.

It takes a special kind of person to become a programmer. Patience and skill is a must. I do possess these qualities, but my problem is I'm just to damn lazy. So, there you have it.
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08 Jul 2009   #18

Windows 7 7600.16384 x64

I have done tech Support work for about 4 years, was promoted within after 2, then System Admin for 2 years, now starting in a large corp with Client Services managing software packages and deploying them.
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09 Jul 2009   #19

Windows 7

This all really depends on your definition of "IT".

I've been working in the computer industry for 15+ years now, but the first few years were programming, not "IT".

"IT" is generally viewed, in many companies, as separate from Engineering, Development, or QA. (Although, especially in smaller companies, there can be a lot of overlap!)

I know how to program in a variety of languages, and was once a software programmer (wrote video games) and then a hardware programmer (wrote printer firmware). I then jumped ship to "IT".

Titles don't mean much - I started off as "Information Systems Coordinator" which was secret code for "does everything in IT". I was everything from a Solaris Administrator, managing users and permissions and installing software and services on Sparc systems... to a mail admin, handling our mail spool which at the time was CC:Mail.

I've done a lot since. I've been the only admin for a university lab, I've been the "senior programmer" (still just a network admin) for a supermarket chain. I've done consulting, contracting, and everything in between.

I'm currently "Senior Sysadmin" at a multinational company. I work on the Windows side of the house, but what I do goes WAY beyond just administration of Windows systems. I work on a team of around 10 admins, each with our own area of expertise.

Can you advance quickly? That really depends - are you GOOD at this? Can you communicate effectively? I saw another IT professional a few posts back. Do you notice the difference between how he and I communicate and write, and how many others do? That makes a BIG difference in this industry. If you want to break 6 figures you have to either be VERY lucky (in the right place at the right time knowing the right people) or you have to learn to communicate. Write, speak in front of people, etc.

Do you need a degree? Yes. NOT because they teach you anything important. I only have my undergrad degree in Comp. Sci. (although I take grad classes from time to time as my schedule permits), and many of my colleagues don't have degrees in IT or CS at all. But in college you'll take writing (preferably technical writing). You'll learn math. All of this is really important.

How do you proceed? You may want to start as an intern. Our company routinely employs college students as interns, on the IT Apps team (doing application support and implementation), the Desktop Support team (doing end-user support), and many other teams. Or you may want to simply get your degree and seek a position in helpdesk.

If you are lucky you can find a company who wants a junior admin, and go directly there. It's easier to move up from junior admin than from helpdesk - although you might LIKE helpdesk and want to make a career there.

But MOST important - you need talent. If you are the one everyone around you comes to when their computer is broken, this is the career for you. If you don't own a console you haven't taken apart (my PSX, PS2, Wii, etc. are all modded, even my XBox360 has a heat system installed)... ditto.

If you get into IT because "it's a good career", you won't go anywhere. This is a profession that rewards talent, hard work, and determination.
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09 Jul 2009   #20

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gurm42 View Post
If you get into IT because "it's a good career", you won't go anywhere. This is a profession that rewards talent, hard work, and determination.
Grum42 has this 100% correct. You also have to be able to talk to people, I know tons of people that got into iT saying I wont have to deal with anyone. That is totaly the wrong way to look at it.
I like many on here have worked in the field for many years have a degree in CIS and now Im going back to get my A.S. in Business. (yes read the last three words a few time you can make a a lot of jokes there) I worked for eight years for a small computer shop here in Pittsburgh only six employees so we had to do everything you can think of. To be in that feild you have to be very determined and work hard. Coding was never my thing I was better at the other parts hardware, networking, customer support. I no longer work with those folks I now work for a bank not in the iT field, but still help out from time to time.
My advice it to read as much information as you can, try all parts of the field, and remember in iT there is never a dumb question when talking to a fellow iT person because when it come to doing this job one person never has all the answers.
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