Accepted a job as a Junior System Administrator

PSouz7PSouz7 Member Posts: 39 ■■□□□□□□□□
I posted a few days back about updating my resume, and havent even gotten a chance to do it, I was sending out my old resume a few days ago, and got a call!

turns out it was for a government contractor, they offered me 38k, (pretty much just because I have a TS and sec+. they said my 2 years of experience helped some too)

but their offer was 38k with no medical (which doesn't bother me, I'm 21 and can be on my parents until I am 26, and I can also get cheap medical insurance through the Air National Guard)

so I countered saying I would like closer to 45k with no medical, and they gave me 40k. which I am great with!

so what do you guys think, Junior System Administrator, no degree, 40k a decent start?

Comments

  • Dakinggamer87Dakinggamer87 Gaming Tech Expert Silicon Valley, CAMember Posts: 4,016 ■■■■■■■■□□
    Congrats on new job!! icon_thumright.gif
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  • olaHaloolaHalo Member Posts: 748 ■■■■□□□□□□
    Id care more about that good title and experience then the pay.
    Congrats!
  • markulousmarkulous Member Posts: 2,394 ■■■■■■■■□□
    Is it better than your current job? What area is it in (that helps a lot when determining salaries)? Assuming you're not in a crazy high cost of living area, it's probably a decent wage and should be great to put on your resume to get a system admin job in the future. Congrats.
  • bull313bull313 Member Posts: 138
    Not sure where you live, but in my area the average starting pay with a four year degree for that position is $45K, with benefits. I think you lucked out. Make the most of it, my friend! icon_thumright.gif
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  • NightShade03NightShade03 Member Posts: 1,383 ■■■■■■■□□□
    Congrats on the new job! Certainly a good starting point icon_smile.gif Now it's time to soak up everything you can.
  • PSouz7PSouz7 Member Posts: 39 ■■□□□□□□□□
    Thanks everyone!
    That's what I thought, that given my experience it was definitely good pay.
    I am going to soak up everything I can, I am working with a small team so I feel I will be able to learn a lot
    I am just glad I'm not in a call center answering calls all day.
    And junior system administrator is a cool sounding job title

    I don't think I could of asked for a better entry level job

    I just got home from Air Force Tech School 2 weeks ago!
  • JamesRamsonJamesRamson Registered Users Posts: 3 ■□□□□□□□□□
    Congratulations!
  • FloOzFloOz Member Posts: 1,614 ■■■■□□□□□□
    Congrats and goodluck in your new position!
  • scaredoftestsscaredoftests Security +, ITIL Foundation, MPT, EPO, ACAS, HTL behind youMod Posts: 2,781 Mod
    That's great!!! Learn alot!!
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  • RouteMyPacketRouteMyPacket Member Posts: 1,104
    Ok, let me think on this for a second...

    21yrs old - Check
    On Parents Insurance - Check
    Live at home - i'm thinking check yes?

    With that said I am going to advise you that $40,000 is wooooooo, bad @ss...congrats! Save Save and Save some more while you can..you will thank me later
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    middle of the night because of a network problem and had to figure out the
    traffic flows in your network while you were half asleep, could you do it?
  • PSouz7PSouz7 Member Posts: 39 ■■□□□□□□□□
    I do live with my parents haha

    Thanks everyone.

    I am going to try to save as much as possible
  • olaHaloolaHalo Member Posts: 748 ■■■■□□□□□□
    Ok, let me think on this for a second...

    21yrs old - Check
    On Parents Insurance - Check
    Live at home - i'm thinking check yes?

    With that said I am going to advise you that $40,000 is wooooooo, bad @ss...congrats! Save Save and Save some more while you can..you will thank me later
    Thats what I did.
    Bought a house at 23 yrs old in a good area.
  • RouteMyPacketRouteMyPacket Member Posts: 1,104
    PSouz7 wrote: »
    I do live with my parents haha

    Thanks everyone.

    I am going to try to save as much as possible

    Not even joking, this is an excellent opportunity for you professionally and personally..take advantage and look back in 5yrs and be blown away how far you have come.
    Modularity and Design Simplicity:

    Think of the 2:00 a.m. test—if you were awakened in the
    middle of the night because of a network problem and had to figure out the
    traffic flows in your network while you were half asleep, could you do it?
  • PSouz7PSouz7 Member Posts: 39 ■■□□□□□□□□
    yeah, that's the plan, hopefully I'll have a house in a couple of years.
  • bherbiebherbie Member Posts: 17 ■□□□□□□□□□
    Great plan. Keep it up!
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  • maharalielmaharaliel Member Posts: 119
    Congrats and all the best in your plan.
  • PSouz7PSouz7 Member Posts: 39 ■■□□□□□□□□
  • no!all!no!all! Member Posts: 245 ■■■□□□□□□□
    That is a good start! And hey, it's more than I make icon_silent.gif
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