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Johnta20Johnta20 Posts: 33Member ■■□□□□□□□□
How long did it take for you to land you first IT job after graduation, or got your certs? And what was the title?

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  • ipconfig.allipconfig.all Posts: 428Banned
    After looking for 5 months I managed to find an I.T job with an I.T service company ( I volunteered).
    Im a depressed loser :sad: none wants me.
  • thenjdukethenjduke Posts: 894Member
    I found my first IT job about 2 months into looking. It was a different time when I was looking though because the field was so new. I had my first helpdesk job in 1991 doing phone support for ISP for Windows 3.1 and Shiva dialer. The days of IT were different back then. I was majoring in Computer Science at local state college in NJ and had a year left to finish but I was making really good money as junior system admin at the time so left school. I continued to work in the field and worked on getting my certifications back in NT 4 days. I never thought about going back to school until a year ago.
    CCNA, MCP, MCSA, MCSE, MCDST, MCITP Enterprise Administrator, Working towards Networking BS. CCNP is Next.
  • ipconfig.allipconfig.all Posts: 428Banned
    Well I wasn't trying to start off my I.T career back then but from what I heard in the 90's and in the early to mid 20's it was pretty easy to get into I.T cause not much people were doing it, after 2008 when the recession hit the I.T job market has being really tough to get into and now a days everyone does I.T so getting into I.T is really hard unless you have good contacts or if you get lucky. My advice is step your game up !!!
    Im a depressed loser :sad: none wants me.
  • thenjdukethenjduke Posts: 894Member
    I been doing it a long time and it stills interest me. I can remember when Netscape was the big internet browser back then and Microsoft who were they :)
    CCNA, MCP, MCSA, MCSE, MCDST, MCITP Enterprise Administrator, Working towards Networking BS. CCNP is Next.
  • ipconfig.allipconfig.all Posts: 428Banned
    thenjduke

    you are a surviving legend !!!!icon_thumright.gif
    Im a depressed loser :sad: none wants me.
  • thenjdukethenjduke Posts: 894Member
    thenjduke

    you are a surviving legend !!!!icon_thumright.gif

    This made me smile :)
    CCNA, MCP, MCSA, MCSE, MCDST, MCITP Enterprise Administrator, Working towards Networking BS. CCNP is Next.
  • RomBUSRomBUS Posts: 699Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    It took me almost a year to finally land a job in the IT world after graduating

    And I am unfortunately back to where I started...
  • L0gicB0mb508L0gicB0mb508 Posts: 538Member
    I got my first job before I graduated. I was a tech at the college I went to. I think I had my MCP at the time. Two years later I found a job as a sys admin and then left school. I need to go back and finish that degree up :).
    I bring nothing useful to the table...
  • L0gicB0mb508L0gicB0mb508 Posts: 538Member
    thenjduke wrote: »
    I been doing it a long time and it stills interest me. I can remember when Netscape was the big internet browser back then and Microsoft who were they :)

    Netscape was awesome back in the day.
    I bring nothing useful to the table...
  • phantasmphantasm Posts: 995Member
    I tried for 7yrs, then 3yrs after getting my A.S. degree (yr 4 of those 7yrs) I got my first IT job.
    "No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man." -Heraclitus
  • Mojo_666Mojo_666 Posts: 438Member
    I got my first Cert 6 years after I started in IT, you didn't really need anything other than an interest back then. I feel bad for you guys struggling to get into IT because there are not that many people in IT who are really "into" IT these days, and I would most certainly prefer working with people who have a passion for it, experience or not.
  • ipconfig.allipconfig.all Posts: 428Banned
    I have a huge interest for I.T it is my passion and all but now a days not many companies want to take a person and train him from the ground up passionate or interested in or not it is very rare. Now a days if you are not luck you have to work to get work for an example I am still volunteering and building some experience.
    Im a depressed loser :sad: none wants me.
  • vColevCole Posts: 1,574Member
    9 months after I started college. I received my first cert (MCP) when I was working there too!

    I'm still working on my degree, however. icon_lol.gif
  • zerglingszerglings Posts: 294Member
    Two years after graduation. Couldn't find any job that wanted to even call me for an interview because of lack of experience. Also, I was so picky. I didn't want jobs that I needed to answer phone calls. I didn't want any jobs that were paying only $12 or less that I need to spend one hour or so stuck in traffic just to get to the office and back home to just perform menial IT jobs. Yes, I was inexperienced and was so picky. My reasoning at that time was, I didn't take out a college loan to perform menial IT jobs. What do you expect from a young guy who didn't want to swallow his pride at that time? c",) In any case, everything worked out fine in the end.
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  • DevilsbaneDevilsbane Posts: 4,212Member
    Prior to graduation, about 7 months after A+.

    Service Desk Specialist
    Decide what to be and go be it.
  • thenjdukethenjduke Posts: 894Member
    Netscape was awesome back in the day.

    Yes it was... I feel the communicator entire suite ruined it as well as AOL.
    CCNA, MCP, MCSA, MCSE, MCDST, MCITP Enterprise Administrator, Working towards Networking BS. CCNP is Next.
  • motogpmanmotogpman Posts: 412Member
    Man, I was so pissed when AOHell took over Netscape. That was the time when MechWarrior and Diablo were occupying my time and building my first full blown AMD system was a blast. If only there was more readily accessible info back then on certs and such.

    I was hired on at a major service company with the expectation that my A+ was gotten in 90 days (1998/1999). I ended up getting it right before my hire date in '99. They were hiring anyone that seemed to be interested, but it also helped that I had a buddy who worked for them. Electronic thoery/debug was a waning industry, easier to pay for a replacement part then pay a field engineer to debug, replace individual components, and equipment overhead. Signal generators, O-scopes, schematics, and a good soldering iron and it was on baby! Seemed like a natural cross over to me and the rest is history.
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  • Bl8ckr0uterBl8ckr0uter Posts: 5,031Inactive Imported Users
    I haven't graduated. I got an "IT oriented" job w/ an outsourced helpdesk for a major ISP. I got my first real IT job after I got my N+ and right in the middle of my CCNA studies.
  • DeesielDeesiel Posts: 54Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    I'm about 19 weeks out from earning my AAS. This week, I was offered a job as an Information Technology Specialist at the nearby Air Force base, doing mostly helpdesk functions for all the MWR facilities.
    AAS in CS/Networking Technology, A+, Network+, Security+, MCTS Vista Config, MCSA 2003, CCNA
  • ipconfig.allipconfig.all Posts: 428Banned
    people say to me time will tell well i have being waiting for something permanant and good for 1 year i am sad atm. I ry my best and i love i.t so i will not give up
    Im a depressed loser :sad: none wants me.
  • AshenweltAshenwelt Posts: 246Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    Mojo_666 wrote: »
    I got my first Cert 6 years after I started in IT, you didn't really need anything other than an interest back then. I feel bad for you guys struggling to get into IT because there are not that many people in IT who are really "into" IT these days, and I would most certainly prefer working with people who have a passion for it, experience or not.

    +1

    Um, I got my first IT cert... 18 years after my first IT job:)
    Ashenwelt
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  • luckybobluckybob Posts: 65Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    I never finished College, got my first job in computers at Best Buy @ 17 as the Computer A/V tech. Worked my way up the ladder and got my first real IT gig @ 20. Got most of my certs in the last 2 years. Now I have 10+ years experience in IT working for a fortune 500 company making great money.

    I believe hard work and determination is better than any degree! Having good contacts and networking also helps a lot when you are getting started.
  • skylineskyline Posts: 135Member
    2002 was when I first got my REAL IT job, the years before that were mainly pc repair jobs (98SE installs/33.6 modem configs)
    Goals for '11
    MCITP: EA
    ITIL
    CCNA

    Studying:
    MS press book 70-680
  • Paul BozPaul Boz Posts: 2,621Member
    I started working at the phone company two days after I graduated high school. I moved up from tech support into engineering after self studying for the CCNA.
    CCNP | CCIP | CCDP | CCNA, CCDA
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  • asuraniaasurania Posts: 145Member
    Finished my Diploma in Financial Service in 2004, which got me a Helpdesk Job (wierd eh). Was a 2 month Gap
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