Choosing job offers?

I was just wondering what would be the best way to choose among job offers.

Job 1 is a computer technician that focuses on building computers, whereas job 2 is a help desk role with a hands-on approach opposed to over-the-phone support.

Pay is similiar, however job 2 is a government contract with a secret clearance and requires security+ within 6 months.

I enjoy building computers, but I also enjoy troubleshooting.

I'm A+ certified, and 3 classes short of my A.S. in CIS. Both jobs are entry level.

Having a hard time deciding. icon_sad.gif
WGU BSITStart Date: July 1, 2013
In Progress: CJV1 (4 CU)
Transfered: WFV1, TJP1, CLC1, INC1, INT1, EUP1, EUC1, BVC1, GAC1, DHV1, DIV1, CWV1, CRV1, DEV1, CTV1, DJV1, IWC1, IWT1, CVV1, RIT1, CIC1, CJC1, TBP1, TCP1, EAV1, EBV1, TJC1, AGC1 (82 CU)
Completed: MGC1, TPV1, CUV1 (14 CU)
Remaining: BOV1, BNC1, TXP1, TXC1, TYP1, TPC1, SBT1, QZT1 (22 CU)


Comments

  • colemiccolemic Posts: 1,564Member ■■■■■■■□□□
    Go for the clearance, hands down.
    Working on: CCSP, definitely, maybe. On the twitters: @mcole1008
  • snokerpokersnokerpoker Posts: 661Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    I would pick job 2. Helpdesk is better than a Technician role. You will more than likely still have to build and repair pc's as a technician would do anyway.
  • Sounds GoodSounds Good Posts: 403Member
    how is this even a dilemma?
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  • BokehBokeh Posts: 1,635Member ■■■■■■■□□□
    Agreed. That clearance is worth $$. Take job two.
  • rogue2shadowrogue2shadow Cyber Ninja III Posts: 1,501Member ■■■■■■■■□□
    colemic wrote: »
    Go for the clearance, hands down.

    +1. The wait may or may not be killer but in the end it will be worth it.

  • gunbunnysouljagunbunnysoulja Posts: 353Member
    Thanks for the replies everyone. I was strongly leaning towards the help desk role, however so far I've been waiting 2 months already to get selected and was just offered the technician position by a different company. Multiple interviews and continous waiting apparently caused me to want to jump on the 1st offer available. I didn't even need to interview with the other company, as they said "the jobs yours and you can start monday" after a 2 minute phone screening.

    I will be hearing back from the help desk company Friday so I'll know if I even get offered the job anyways. I was told they narrowed it down from 150 to 3 so I guess it would be silly to not take it after this long if I get the offer. I guess I didn't think much of the clearance as I already had it from the Military. For now I'll keep the technician job on hold.
    WGU BSITStart Date: July 1, 2013
    In Progress: CJV1 (4 CU)
    Transfered: WFV1, TJP1, CLC1, INC1, INT1, EUP1, EUC1, BVC1, GAC1, DHV1, DIV1, CWV1, CRV1, DEV1, CTV1, DJV1, IWC1, IWT1, CVV1, RIT1, CIC1, CJC1, TBP1, TCP1, EAV1, EBV1, TJC1, AGC1 (82 CU)
    Completed: MGC1, TPV1, CUV1 (14 CU)
    Remaining: BOV1, BNC1, TXP1, TXC1, TYP1, TPC1, SBT1, QZT1 (22 CU)


  • BradleyHUBradleyHU Posts: 912Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    how is this even a dilemma?

    word up...#2 is a no brainer. Help Desk/Desktop Support....we still have to build/repair machines.

    and the fact that you get security clearance, that is something that is not easily obtained, and you can use when you're lookin for you next job.
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  • eansdadeansdad Posts: 775Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    Yup have to say the clearance is golden job 2 is the way to go.
  • gunbunnysouljagunbunnysoulja Posts: 353Member
    Well I was officially offered the Help Desk Position today, along with 3k more than I asked for. I'm very excited! I start on Monday. Salary position with a bunch of benefits. Not bad considering I don't even have my A.S. yet in CIS and only have A+. Required to get Security+ within 6 months, which I hope to do by the end of the year. Was also told I got the job out of 150 candidates. :)
    WGU BSITStart Date: July 1, 2013
    In Progress: CJV1 (4 CU)
    Transfered: WFV1, TJP1, CLC1, INC1, INT1, EUP1, EUC1, BVC1, GAC1, DHV1, DIV1, CWV1, CRV1, DEV1, CTV1, DJV1, IWC1, IWT1, CVV1, RIT1, CIC1, CJC1, TBP1, TCP1, EAV1, EBV1, TJC1, AGC1 (82 CU)
    Completed: MGC1, TPV1, CUV1 (14 CU)
    Remaining: BOV1, BNC1, TXP1, TXC1, TYP1, TPC1, SBT1, QZT1 (22 CU)


  • earweedearweed Posts: 5,192Member ■■■■■■■■■□
    Congratulations!
    Never forget about the clearance though. Once you have it it's yours but if you don't use it for 2 years it has to be redone (Forms and background check) but now that you have a clearance job you're in there.
    No longer work in IT. Play around with stuff sometimes still and fix stuff for friends and relatives.
  • colemiccolemic Posts: 1,564Member ■■■■■■■□□□
    Congrats!
    Working on: CCSP, definitely, maybe. On the twitters: @mcole1008
  • grettlerjgrettlerj Posts: 17Member ■□□□□□□□□□
    Congrats. Once you get the Secret clearance it is good for 10 years unless you work in a job for more than 2 years that does not require it. I would always take the job that gives you the clearance over the non clearance if the pay is similar. Once you get the secret clearance you will eventually get a chance to get your Top Secret clearance. I see a bunch of jobs here in Texas that will give you a TS if you already have a secret.
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