Timeline: Your IT Career Progression

RHELRHEL Posts: 195Member
I thought it might be a fun topic to do an IT career descriptive timeline... There have been so many questions on the forum regarding career progression, so I figured sharing our own experiences In a timeline format might be helpful. So, here we go:

Title: Tech Support Analyst
Hour/wk: 20
Description: ISP support for residential and commercial customers
Company size: <75
Age: 18-20
Duration: <2 years
How: Applied and interviewed
Certs: None
Education: High School - in college
Pay: $8-9/hr

Title: IT Specialist (part time)
Hours/wk: 20
Description: Special projects and general IT support for state government organization. Had my own office and full benefits!
Company size: 500+
Age: 20-21
Duration: <1 year
How: Found in paper, applied and interviewed
Certs: None
Education: High School - in college
Pay : $16/hr

Title: IT Specialist (seasonal)
Hours/wk: 15
Description: General IT support for major university
Company size: 3,000
Age : 22
Duration: 3 months
How: Networking contact
Certs: None
Education: High School - in college
Pay : $14/hr

Title : Network Administrator (seasonal)
Hours/wk: 80+
Description: "IT guy" supporting 100+ workstations! servers! devices over summer. Taught linux workshops!
Company size: <100
Age: 23
Duration: 1-2 months
How : Craigslist!
Certs: None
Education: High School - in college
Pay : lodging and food in Boston, and a small chunk of change

Title : Systems Administrator
Hours/wk : 40 + on-call
Description: First job out of college. Learning to be an admin in hundreds of servers for a global conglomerate. Great benefits, funded my grad school 100%.
Company size: 250,000
Age : 23
Duration: 2.5 years
How: Monster.com app and single phone interview
Certs: None
Education: BA in unrelated field
Pay: 30's -- though low cost of living area

Title: Systems Engineer
Hours/wk: 40 + on-call
Description: Got to play a much larger role for a smaller organization. Really cool environment. -- casinos, resort, hotels, golf courses, gas stations, police, fire, rescue, government.
Company size: 5,000
Age: 26-28
Duration: 1.5 years
How: Networking, interviewed
Certs: Linux+, LPIC-1, Novell CLA, Novell DCTS
Education: BA in unrelated field, MS CIS
Pay: 60's

Title: Systems Administrator
Hours/wk: 40 + on-call
Description: Systems support, duh! Regional employer, lots of high tech to play with.
Company size: 6,000
Age: 28
Duration: Current position
How: company website
Certs: Linux+, LPIC-1, Novell CLA, Novell DCTS
Education: BA in unrelated field, MS CIS
Pay: 70's

Edit: Updated to include data on certs and education prior to applying...
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  • yzTyzT Posts: 365Member
    Title: Desktop Support
    Hours/wk: 40
    Description: "Have you tried to turn it off and on again?"
    Company size: 100+
    Age: 22
    Duration: 4 months
    How: internship
    Pay: 0 icon_sad.gif

    Title: Security Analyst
    Hours/wk: 40
    Description: Deal with threats, implement and analyze security controls
    Company size: gov
    Age: 27
    Duration: Current position
    How: company website. No interview, they just called me and asked when could I start.
    Pay: 16k (not bad salary regarding to where I live, people is making 12k or even less)
  • eansdadeansdad Posts: 775Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    Title: 02L – US Army
    Hour/wk: All
    Description: Saxophone player but helped take care of IT support duties for unit, built unit website
    Company size: Large
    Age: 20-22
    Duration: 2 years
    How: Was volunteered by platoon leader because I had a PC (in 1997)
    Pay: E-4

    Title: Configuration Tech worked up to Assistant team Lead
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Configured and built servers for Compaq
    Company size: Large
    Age: 24-26
    Duration: 1.5 years
    How: Applied directly
    Pay: $10/hr on night shift

    Title: Deployment Technician worked up to various Team Lead positions
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Worked several deployments for NMCI project
    Company size: Large
    Age: 26-27
    Duration: 1.5 years
    How: Applied after layoff from Compaq after merger with HP, Friend from Compaq got me in with him
    Pay: $18/hr

    Title: Desktop Support
    Hour/wk: 60+
    Description: Support for a large university hospital
    Company size: Large
    Age: 27
    Duration: 2 months
    How: Applied, Monster
    Pay: $20/hr

    Title: Desktop Support
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Desktop support for NMCI project site
    Company size: Large
    Age: 27-29
    Duration: 2 years
    How: Applied through Careerbuilder, used contacts from deployment days
    Pay: $20/hr, paid for benefits

    Title: Computer Technician
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: All IT needs within the 2 schools I am scheduled at
    Company size: 2500 staff, 10000 students
    Age: 29-current
    Duration: 8 years
    How: Applied directly
    Pay: $34k start +benefits

    Yes, my career stagnated when I got the school district. Yearly raises and a pension made me fat and dumb hence why I am finishing my BS degree and certs like I should have done years ago.
  • gbdavidxgbdavidx Posts: 840Member
    could you guys post any certs or education that may have helped on the way?
  • mokaibamokaiba Posts: 162Member
    Title: Army
    Hour/wk: 60
    Description: Army stuff
    Company size: million?
    Age: 18-22
    Duration: 3.6 years
    How: Applied and interviewed
    Pay: E-4

    --AAS degree--

    Title: TV station in remote area
    Hour/wk: 20
    Description: Commercial editor
    Company size: no idea
    Age: 23
    Duration: six months - owner died and station went defunct
    How: Knew the owner
    Pay: 80/week

    Title: Mcdonalds
    Hour/wk: 10
    Description: cook
    Company size: no idea
    Age: 24
    Duration: three weeks
    How: Applied and interviewed
    Pay: 60/week

    Title: Modem call center
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: call center guy
    Company size: no idea
    Age: 24
    Duration: three weeks - schedule conflict due to no transportation and they didn't want to give me an earlier shift so it ended one day after training finished.
    How: Applied and interviewed
    Pay: 400/wk

    Title: affiliated computer services
    Hour/wk: 50
    Description: Financial Aid Officer/Technical Writer
    Company size: no idea
    Age: 24
    Duration: 3+ - After xerox bought them, I was fired for parking in a visitor spot (typical bull reason to fire a person making more than others in same role when downsizing)
    How: Applied and interviewed - I got this job three days after leaving the modem call center.
    Pay: 500-600/week

    Title: Name don't matter
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Financial Aid Officer
    Company size: no idea
    Age: 27
    Duration: two weeks
    How: Applied and interviewed
    Pay: 600-700/week

    --started to get IT certs --look left--
    --started BSIT security from WGU--

    Title: Tech support
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: IT help desk
    Company size: 80?
    Age: currently - 32
    Duration: more than 3 years
    How: no idea, they offered it to me
    Pay: 500-600/week

    It may seem like I'm doing well, but I'm not pay wise -- I've made the same amount of money since I was 24 (eight years). -- Cost of living continues to rise and the gap of extra money I had went from 100s to barely nothing. A change is needed soon.
  • My Other SelfMy Other Self Posts: 39Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    You seem to have quite a few certs and experience, mokaiba. You are making what I do now in an unrelated field. Do people tend to stay in help desk positions for more than a few years?
  • mokaibamokaiba Posts: 162Member
    You seem to have quite a few certs and experience, mokaiba. You are making what I do now in an unrelated field. Do people tend to stay in help desk positions for more than a few years?

    I don't think most stay more than 1-2 years. I have only stayed this long because I have been working on a bachelors through WGU with most certs through them and others on my own. The convenient schedule I have makes it easy to do those things.

    I plan on moving to another higher paying position (or at least start looking) around dec 2014/Jan 2015 or maybe right after I get my Linux+ and CCENT/CCNA/CCNA security through WGU (I'll also have MCSA server 2012 completed by end of month and RHCSA by dec, but those would be on my own). My hope is move to another position that pays at least 15k more a year (45k/year) to gain valuable experience for another three years and then move on to double or triple my pay from there.
  • SweenMachineSweenMachine Posts: 288Member
    First gig: Computer pusherarounderer
    Year: 1999 NT migration
    Pay: $8 an hour
    This was fresh out of working at Taco Bell
    Age: 19

    Then a bunch of help desk contracts and weird IT stuff, maximum of 15 an hour.

    First real job: Business Anaylst 1 for JPMorganChase
    Year: 2002 in banking IT (I processed ACHs, helped with wire transfer software ect)
    Pay: 36k a year
    Duration: 2 years

    then a couple more dinky contracts as I was touring with my band from 2004-2007

    The life changer:
    Job: Level 1 help desk for a 91,000 employee pharma company doing 21 billion in revenue
    Year: 2007
    Pay: Starting, $18 an hour, ending $28 an hour
    Averaged about 60k a year due to overtime
    Got promoted three times, up to a lead position, and stayed there 7 years.
    Got married, got out of debt, bought a house. Job was outsourced (well, the process began, I left prior)

    Current roles:
    Two positions. Help Desk Cooridinator (overnights) and Executive Support (3 days a week)
    Pay: $25 an hour at the help desk, $22 an hour at executive support role
    Cumulative: 70k+
    Started this grind 2 months ago; I have also started getting certifications at this point.

    -scott
  • IndyLovelessIndyLoveless Posts: 40Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    1st: Intern Tech
    Year: 2002-2003
    Pay: $8.50 an hour
    Age: 17-18
    Worked at a school corporation in town

    HUGE BREAK IN BETWEEN WITH ANOTHER JOB/SCHOOL NOT IT Related

    Finished AAS at Ivy Tech

    2nd Gig: QA Associate
    Year: 2009-2010
    Pay: $40,000 a year
    Age: 26/27
    Did QA testing for a software company, hated the place, hated the owner, but it got my foot in the door.

    Current gig: Computer Support Technician (Help Desk)
    Year: 2011-present
    Pay: $44,000
    Age: 29
    Help desk for a large university.
  • paul78paul78 Posts: 2,804Member ■■■■■■■■■■
    Ok - just to rock the boat a little.

    Education: some college
    Certs: None until recently

    Title: Software Programmer
    Description: Software programmer developing graphics libraries under a grant
    Company size: Private university
    How: Knew someone
    Age: 20
    Pay : $16/hr

    Title: Technical Sales Support
    Description: Provided pre-sales support and technical assistance in software sales
    Company size: <100
    How: Want-ads in newspaper (this is pre-Internet folks)
    Age: 21
    Pay : $20K

    Title: Systems Programmer
    Description: Wrote OS utilities and ported software for supercomputer used in academic research
    Company size: Private university
    How: Knew someone
    Age: 23
    Pay : $32K

    Title: Software Engineer
    Description: Wrote Windows software for financial services industry
    Company size: 1000+
    How: Knew someone
    Age: 24
    Pay : $42K

    Title: Manager, Software Engineering
    Description: Management of QA and Development teams developing financial services applications
    Company size: 1000+
    How: Knew someone
    Age: 25
    Pay : $62K

    Title: Principal Software Engineer
    Description: Software architect for brokerage
    Company size: 15000+
    How: Knew someone
    Age: 29
    Pay : $110K

    Title: Director, Software Engineering
    Description: Start of internet boom - joined a small startup developing brokerage solutions
    Company size: < 10
    How: Knew someone
    Age: 31
    Pay : $110K

    Title: Technology Consultant
    Description: Internet implosion - went into private consulting
    Company size: just me
    How: Knew someone
    Age: 35
    Pay : $90/hr - $110/hr

    Title: VP, Operations
    Description: Yet another startup in financial services.
    Company size: <10
    How: Knew someone
    Age: 39
    Pay : $140K

    Title: VP, Operations
    Description: Had success with startup and sold it
    Company size: 5000+
    How: Knew someone
    Age: 41
    Pay : average annual $160K (variable compensation)

    Title: VP, Technology
    Description: Sold again and was offered another position in acquiring company
    Company size: 20000+
    How: Knew someone
    Age: 43
    Pay : average annual $240K (variable compensation)

    Title: VP, Technology
    Description: Took different role in company
    Company size: 20000+
    How: Knew someone
    Age: 45
    Pay : annual $360K (variable compensation - last year)
  • --chris----chris-- Posts: 1,510Member ■■■■■□□□□□
    Title: Intern (no certs)
    Description: Everything from trolling spam filter logs to "turning it off, then turning it back on" and picking out tech articles for my boss to read on flight
    Company size: 250
    How: C-list
    Age: 26
    Pay : $12.50

    Title: Desktop support (Dell contractor) (A+, ITIL F)
    Description: Performing XP to 7 refresh, tier 2 desktop support
    Company size: ~4000
    How: C-list
    Age: 27
    Pay : $15/hour with ~5 hours of OT/week


  • FloOzFloOz Posts: 1,614Member
    I love these kind of threads :) Always interesting to see others progression in the IT world.

    Title: Computer Systems Intern
    Description: Senior year of college internship. Worked with Telecom, Desktop, and Network teams. Got a good feel for the industry.
    Company size: 1500+
    How: Knew someone + I worked here during the summers previously as a filer clerk.
    Age: 20
    Pay : $11 an hour

    Title: Desktop Engineer
    Description: Desktop support work with some networking thrown in.
    Company size: 1500+
    How: Same job as where I had my internship
    Age: 21
    Pay : 42k

    Title: Network Engineer
    Description: Changed jobs to get into networking. Worked with Nexus and other Cisco tech.
    Company size: 1500+
    How: monster.com
    Age: 22-23
    Pay : 52k

    Title: Network Administrator
    Description: Changed jobs to work at a company that will look great on my resume and also get amazing experience. Daily work is routing/switching changes.
    Company size: 1500+
    How: Knew someone
    Age: 23-24 (just turned 24)
    Pay : 70k
  • zxbanezxbane Posts: 739Member
    paul78 wrote: »
    Ok - just to rock the boat a little.

    Long story short, on top of being good at what you do, it pays to know someone! lol
  • mokaibamokaiba Posts: 162Member
    paul78 you've been quite successful over the years. Was the age 45 role in the acquiring company?
  • --chris----chris-- Posts: 1,510Member ■■■■■□□□□□
    zxbane wrote: »
    Long story short, on top of being good at what you do, it pays to know someone! lol

    I am realizing that too. There is a touch of nepatism everywhere, even here...some ladies kid with no IT experience just got a $19/hour "Security analyst" job (processing apps for new user net logins, verify info then creating the creds in AD). The lady is a admin in IT.

    The kid does is job well though, so maybe he deserved it...just looked bad.


  • crazyITguycrazyITguy Posts: 33Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    1st: Project Manager
    Year: 2005-2006
    Pay: 37k- Contract
    Age: 19-20
    Not technical

    2nd: Build Technician
    Year: 2006-2006
    Pay: 14.50 hour
    Age:20
    Build Computers

    3rd: Network Tech/Admin
    Year: 2006-2007
    Pay: $30,000
    Age: 20-21
    Lone Technical person. All things IT. Grossly underpaid for the work, but good on the experience

    4th: Sr Tech
    Year: 2007-2010
    Pay: 45k
    Age: 21-24
    Not technical

    5th: Help Desk Manager
    Year: 2010-2011
    Pay: 47k
    Age: 24-25
    Manage the help desk for a large non profit

    6th: Director of technology the same place as Indyloveless... Good to hear you are doing well!
    Year: 2011-2013
    Pay: 75k
    Age: 25-27
    Manage all technical resources


    Current gig: Project manager
    Year: 2013-present
    Pay: $90,000
    Age: 27
    Project mgmt for all technology
  • VeritiesVerities Posts: 1,162Member
    Title: Intelligence Analyst
    Description: USMC
    Company size: 200,00+
    How: Signed up at recruiting office
    Age: 17-22
    Pay : laughable

    Title: IT Support Intern
    Description: Worked for a non profit MSP, got exposure to help desk and system administration.
    Company size: 10
    How: Veteran internship program
    Age: 22-23
    Pay : $20/hr (full time for 10 months, then cut to part time due to funding issues)

    Title: Tech Support Specialist
    Description: help desk and the occasional sys admin task
    Company size: 200-800
    How: Gave application to ITT Tech Career Services department and they forwarded my resume to the company.
    Age: 23
    Pay : $18.50/hr (pay reduction, but full time+benefits)

    Title: Vmware Systems Administrator (contract position)
    Description: Manage/troubleshoot virtual infrastructure and windows servers.
    Company size: ~800,000
    How: Contacted by recruiter on LinkedIn
    Age: 24-25
    Pay : $25/hr

    It's been difficult trying to move on to similar sys admin positions or sys engineer positions without having MCSA, MCSE, or VCP. Competition is very high in San Diego, so I'm refocusing my efforts obtaining MCSA 2012, before my current contract ends.
  • stryder144stryder144 Posts: 1,489Member ■■■■■■□□□□
    Title: Operations Technician Associate (Think sub-Technician I)
    Description: Learn about the operations side of a large telecom
    Company size: 10k or so
    How: Applied after being told about the position via training company email
    Age: 42
    Pay: $31k or so, plus great, inexpensive benefits

    Title: Consultation Agent, Geek Squad
    Description: Help people figure out what is wrong with their computer, give them fix options, help to fix the problems, then educate customers on how to avoid the problem in the future. Needed the job due to the less than optimal pay from full-time job...mid-life career switches can mess your finances up!
    Company size: 2500 GS "Agents"
    How: Went into local store, asked if they needed an A+ certified Geek Squad member, they said "yes, give us your CV and go apply online". Kind of a double pronged approach to attacking the problem.
    Age: 42
    Pay: $13.50/hr

    Title: Senior Operations Technician Associate (Still below Technician I pay but better than non-Sr OTA pay)
    Description: Monitor environmental alarms associated with network equipment, investigate/verify alarms, craft/dispatch trouble tickets, contact field techs, as appropriate, inform NOC leadership of any potential issues, and work closely with other personnel affected by any possible issues.
    Company Size: 10k+
    How: Natural progression when in the OTA program.
    Age: 42
    Pay: $40k+ with a shift differential due to night shifts.

    I retired from the USAF after 22 years of non-IT service. I was really blessed to get on with my full-time employer as well as my part-time employer. Too few companies are willing to put inexperienced people, even those with great management/supervisory experience, to work since they haven't proven themselves in IT. Of course, that usually begs the question of how do you get experience if no one will let you work for it? Thank God for veteran friendly employers!
    The easiest thing to be in the world is you. The most difficult thing to be is what other people want you to be. Don't let them put you in that position. ~ Leo Buscaglia

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  • teancum0teancum0 Posts: 9Member ■□□□□□□□□□
    Title: Librarian / Desktop Support
    Description: Put away books, help patrons on computers. Protect computers from Patrons.
    How: I lived a small rural tow with just dial-up. So I was always at the library "doing things on the computer" Eventually an opening showed up and everyone worked there told me that I should apply.
    Company size: 10
    Age: 16
    Pay : $5.50/hr

    Some College / Volunteer service.

    Title: Desktop Support / System Admin
    Description: Provided pre-sales support and technical assistance in software sales
    Company size: 500
    How: Friend was about to be deployed to Iraq and asked me if I wanted his job. I ended up interviewing my boss at a LAN party.
    Age: 21
    Pay : $10/hr

    Title: Intern/System Administrator
    Description: It took me about a week to figure out what they had in mind for me in this job (this was after I was hired and all ready working). Basically they wanted me to work on projects and support various applications that had fallen into disrepair and document these application
    Company size: 6000
    How: Jobs site/recruiter. I think if I had to name two things that got me hired at this position. I would say my previous experience and I was asked "Now we may have some applications that you don't know." to which I responded "I would be surprised if you didn't have at least one app that was confusing, nobody knows how it works, but is vital to working".
    Age: 24
    Pay : $15/hr

    Title: System Administrator (current)
    Description: Same as above except I did it so well that they upgraded me to a full time position.
    Company size: 6000
    How: Promotion
    Age: 25
    Pay : $52K (Good Benefits)

    Also thought it would be interesting to share my first experience with a computer and hear others experiences as well.
    Basically my family always had old used computers so when everybody else was using Win95-98 I was using DOS. My dad finally found an old computer for me to use and banned me from ever touching his again. The first thing I did with this computer (386 sx 16 mhz, 2 mb of Ram, 50 MB hard drive Windows 2.0) I booted it up and started loading games on. I quickly ran out of space so I found the largest forlder on my hard drive. I highlighted the folder called "windows" and deleted it and suddenly had tons of space! I continued to load games on until some sort of error occured. I rebooted my machine only to be informed that this thing called "windows" was missing. I asked my dad for help and he handed me a box full of software and wished me luck. Everything kind of grew from there.
  • IS3IS3 Posts: 71Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    Title: Tech Support Rep
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: ISP support for residential and commercial customers
    Company size: >250
    Age: 21
    Duration: 5 years
    How: Applied and interviewed
    Certs: None
    Education: High School - in college
    Pay: $13-17/hr

    Title: IT HelpDesk (PT)
    Hour/wk: 25
    Description: Local Clinic
    Company size: <200
    Age: 26-28
    Duration: 1 1/2 years
    How: Indeed
    Certs: None
    Education: High School - in college
    Pay: $11-12/hr

    Title: Computer Repair Tech
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Computer repair shop
    Company size: 5
    Age: 28
    Duration: 7 Months
    How: Applied and interviewed
    Certs: A+
    Education: High School - in college
    Pay: $12/hr

    Title: IT Specialist
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: IT Support for a bank
    Company size: <300
    Age: 28
    Duration: <2 years
    How: Craigslist
    Certs: A+ (working on N+)
    Education: High School - in college
    Pay: $17/hr

    It sucks because i am already getting older and still at the bottom of the food chain. So my plan is to get an AA from a community college and certs (MCSA, MCSE then CCNA). Overall though i love the job i am doing so i guess that is the most important thing :)
    :study:
  • MAC_AddyMAC_Addy Posts: 1,740Member
    IS3 wrote: »
    It sucks because i am already getting older and still at the bottom of the food chain.
    Hang in there mate. Your time will come. Just keep doing what you're doing and something will land in your favor.
    2017 Certification Goals:
    CCNP R/S
  • DoubleNNsDoubleNNs Posts: 2,013Member ■■■■■□□□□□
    Wow Paul78, you seem extremely well connected haha.
    Goals for 2018:
    Certs: RHCSA, LFCS: Ubuntu, CNCF CKA, CNCF CKAD | AWS Certified DevOps Engineer, AWS Solutions Architect Pro, AWS Certified Security Specialist, GCP Professional Cloud Architect
    Learn: Terraform, Kubernetes, Prometheus & Golang | Improve: Docker, Python Programming
    To-do | In Progress | Completed
  • lazyjklazyjk Posts: 8Member ■□□□□□□□□□
    Title: Technical Support
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Mainly did phone/email/in-person tech support for a Wireless ISP (only support tech) - small enough that I got to assist in networking/server side when calls were slow
    Company size: 10
    Age: 22 - 25
    Duration: Not quite 4 years
    How: Applied and interviewed
    Certs: None when started - obtained CCNA/Security+/CIW certs while there
    Education: Already had a B.S. Computer Science from a Brick and Mortar - Started WGU B.S IT
    Pay: Starting 26,000 - Ending 37,000


    Title: NOC Tech
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Worked in a large cable company's NOC doing typical NOC duties - monitoring - working with vendors and other internal operations groups - initial investigation of network issues
    Company size: ~20,000
    Age: 25-26
    Duration: Not quite 1 year (last day is next week)
    How: Applied and interviewed
    Certs: came in with CCNA/Security+/CIW certs - obtained Project+ and Microsoft Windows 7 cert
    Education: B.S. Computer Science from a Brick and Mortar - Continued with WGU
    Pay: Starting 37,000 - Ending 39,000


    Title: Network Security Analyst
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Will be working on a team responsible for installation/configuration of all Routing/Switching, Firewalls, Wireless, IP phones for a large Electrical Cooperative
    Company size: ~5,000
    Age: 26
    Duration: Starting in April
    How: Applied and interviewed
    Certs: Coming in with CCNA/Security+/CIW certs/Project+/Microsoft Windows 7 configuring cert
    Education: B.S. Computer Science from a Brick and Mortar - Continuing with WGU (3 M$ classes and Capstone left)
    Pay: 58,500
  • TylerBarrettTylerBarrett Posts: 38Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    Title: NOC Technician
    Description: Business level TV/Phone/Internet/email helpdesk, internal IT helpdesk, scheduling service techs for installs/troubleshooting
    Company size: 150?
    How: Hired after college
    Age: 21
    Pay : $13/hour

    Title: Service Technician (current)
    Description: Desktop support, server implementation/troubleshooting, cisco switch installs/troubleshooting
    Company size: ~25
    How: Hired after being NOC for 3 months
    Age: 21
    Pay : $14.5/hour base ($1/hour for each A+, Network+, Server+)
  • IS3IS3 Posts: 71Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    Thank you! I wont give up.
    :study:
  • paul78paul78 Posts: 2,804Member ■■■■■■■■■■
    mokaiba wrote: »
    paul78 you've been quite successful over the years. Was the age 45 role in the acquiring company?
    Thank you. I've been very fortunate. And yes - it's the same company. I've been at the same company through various acquisitions for the past 7 or 8 years. I've lost track to be honest.
  • Jon_CiscoJon_Cisco Posts: 1,562Member ■■■■■□□□□□
    IS3 wrote: »
    Age: 28
    Duration: <2 years

    It sucks because i am already getting older and still at the bottom of the food chain.

    If I am reading this correct then you are around 31 with a couple years of IT experience.
    This is not to old! Good Luck

    P.S. I'm 40 and looking to start my first IT job in the next year.
  • GoodBishopGoodBishop Posts: 359Member
    paul78 wrote: »
    Ok - just to rock the boat a little.
    I think I should start calling you paul78-sensei. :)

    Pretty awesome - definitely something to strive toward.
  • hell911hell911 Posts: 83Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    paul78 wrote: »
    Thank you. I've been very fortunate. And yes - it's the same company. I've been at the same company through various acquisitions for the past 7 or 8 years. I've lost track to be honest.

    you make more than i can imagine. icon_surprised.gif

    i noticed that you started as a software guy, not a networking. do you think that a networking related position can be at the top of food chain?
  • paul78paul78 Posts: 2,804Member ■■■■■■■■■■
    hell911 wrote: »
    i noticed that you started as a software guy, not a networking. do you think that a networking related position can be at the top of food chain?
    I very rarely run into anyone that has a network or systems background in senior technology management. But that could just be the nature of the industry that I'm in. I work in financial services so technology managers tend to have software development backgrounds. Probably because we have to be aligned with the business and network and systems roles are not close enough to the business.
  • hell911hell911 Posts: 83Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    ^
    there goes my hopes. icon_sad.gif
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