No-so-good news

It looks like I've finally gotten a networking job with my CCNA schooling. It pays more than I was expecting AND I'm doing directly-related work, which I practiced in school (vs. something like a helpdesk job). Better still, they encourage employees to better themselves and move up, so I should be able to pursue CCVP/CCNP while I work.

Now I'll be able to get some of that experience, which should start the ball a'rolling. Thanks for everyone here who have helped me along the way. The journey begins.

"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."

Confucious
"Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons." - Popular Mechanics, 1949

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  • dtlokeedtlokee Posts: 2,381Member
    Congratulations!
    The only easy day was yesterday!
  • mikej412mikej412 Posts: 10,090Member
    Congratulations! icon_cool.gif
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  • Daniel333Daniel333 Posts: 2,072Member ■■■■■■□□□□
    Paying more than you expected?

    Wow! I wish I could say that!!!
    -Daniel
  • shednikshednik Posts: 2,005Member
    Nice keep up the good work!! :D
  • SlowhandSlowhand Questionably Benevolent Bay Area, CaliforniaPosts: 5,163Mod Mod
    That's great news, congratulations. All the best on the new job, as well as your CCNP/CCVP journey. Let us know how things go.

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  • freetechfreetech Posts: 154Member
    Congrats.
    A working network geek is wonderful thing.
    Experience is a harsh teacher. She gives the test first, the lesson afterwards.
  • TechStrikerTechStriker Posts: 131Member
    Congratulations!

    Passed my CCNA last week of Oct 07 but I steal work as Desktop Support tech, looking for CCNA job any idea how you get into Junior/Network Engineer jobs, most of jobs seen they ask for 1 year experience with CISCO devices,
    I have been working as desktop support technician for 3 year, is it worthwhile going for junior tech if need to go into networking world!
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  • r_durantr_durant Posts: 486Member
    Congrats!! Nice way to end the year and start a new... icon_santa.gif
    CCNA (Expired...), MCSE, CWNA, BSc Computer Science
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  • CrunchyhippoCrunchyhippo Posts: 389Member
    Congratulations!

    Passed my CCNA last week of Oct 07 but I steal work as Desktop Support tech, looking for CCNA job any idea how you get into Junior/Network Engineer jobs, most of jobs seen they ask for 1 year experience with CISCO devices,
    I have been working as desktop support technician for 3 year, is it worthwhile going for junior tech if need to go into networking world!

    The folks hiring for this job just so happened to not necessarily want/need experience. I think it was just a matter of having so many hooks in the water that a fish was going to inevitably bite. They also really liked my answers in my interview with them.
    "Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons." - Popular Mechanics, 1949
  • mobri09mobri09 Posts: 723Users Awaiting Email Confirmation
    Congrats! Glad to hear :)
  • CrunchyhippoCrunchyhippo Posts: 389Member
    Bad news - the company rescinded their job offer before I could start. Due to a small "error" on my part in my distant past, I didn't pass their interim background check. I'm totally bummed out - I was looking forward to doubling my income; now it's back to the FT/PT jobs. icon_sad.gif

    I guess it's all the more incentive to get the CCVP under my belt. No experience is no experience, but at least I'll be somewhat more attractive to employers.
    "Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons." - Popular Mechanics, 1949
  • mikej412mikej412 Posts: 10,090Member
    Tough break icon_sad.gif

    There was a whole thread about errors of youth coming back to haunt people years later.
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  • CucumberCucumber Posts: 192Member
    That really sucks, any company doing that kind of background checks is not worthy to work with. If they discriminate people based on their past they will surelly have some other discriminatory tendencies IMHO.

    Dont worry man you will get something better.
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  • dynamikdynamik Posts: 12,314Banned
    Cucumber wrote:
    That really sucks, any company doing that kind of background checks is not worthy to work with. If they discriminate people based on their past they will surelly have some other discriminatory tendencies IMHO.

    Dont worry man you will get something better.

    I don't think it's discrimination to hire people with clean records.

    However, I think these checks should be done up front. Going about the matter this way wastes everyone's time and causes hurt feelings.
  • c0d3_w0lfc0d3_w0lf Posts: 117Member
    I think my job required a background check...I think it may have been the first time I had one. Fortunately, I've NEVER been in trouble with the law, so my record is clean. Just gotta keep it that way and I'm golden ;)
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  • KGhaleonKGhaleon Posts: 1,347Member
    I've had run ins with the law before, but I've never been arrested or convicted of anything. I can't understand why law figures seem surprised when I tell them I've never been arrested before. :D

    I've applied at law enforcement agencies before...the application process can take 1-2 years, so you don't have it that bad. Sucks about what happened though...I agree that the background check should have been done ahead of time. icon_rolleyes.gif
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  • freetechfreetech Posts: 154Member
    Unfortunately, a lot of companies take this approach.
    In order to save money, they only do background checks on people that they are ready to hire. They'll say something like "As long as the background check goes through, you're hired." It sucks when you're on the wrong end of that contengency.
    You didn't get specific about your "indiscretion" but usually, being upfront about it is the best policy.
    Keep up the spirits and perservere. Good things will come to those who work while they're waiting.
    Experience is a harsh teacher. She gives the test first, the lesson afterwards.
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