Timeline: Your IT Career Progression

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  • Nafe92014Nafe92014 Posts: 276Member
    2012

    Title: Service Technician
    Hours/wk: 40
    Description: Summer Position at a local PC repair/sales shop. Performed virus removals, hardware installs, etc.
    Company size: 12
    Age: 20
    Duration: 3 months
    How: Applied via email, inteviewed, offered
    Certs: MTA: Windows Operating Systems
    Education: Pursuing College Diploma in Network Administration Technology
    Pay: $11/h

    *In March of 2013, I decided to take some time off from college to gain more experience before reapplying to pursue my diploma*

    2013-2014

    Title: Internship/Service Technician
    Hours/wk: 40
    Description: was allowed to work at newly opened computer business for a 3 months as an intern to gain experience without pay, afterward they kept me on as a regular employee.
    Company size: 3
    Age: 21
    Duration: 7 months
    How: Various people
    Certs: MTA: WOS, working towards A+
    Education: some college
    Pay: $11/h

    2014

    Title: ICT Technician II
    Hours/wk: 40
    Description: Term position at a local hospital. Entered work orders, provided remote/on-site support, delivered/installed printers and toner, setup new laptops/thin clients for hospital staff.
    Company size: 1000+
    Age: 21-22
    Duration: 3 months
    How: Applied online, interviewed, offered
    Certs: MTA: WOS, working towards A+
    Education: some college
    Pay: $14/h

    *from August 2014 to May 2015, I woeked at Geek Squad, so I'll skip this job stats*
    **In September, I achieved my A+ certification**

    2015

    Title: ICT Summer Student
    Hours/wk: 40
    Description: Summer position at my local hospital. Updated phone book databases and edited directory spread sheets.
    Company size: 1000+
    Age: 23
    Duration: 3 months
    How: Applied online, interviewed, offered (based on previous experience)
    Certs: MTA: WOS, A+
    Education: some college
    Pay: $15/h

    2015-Present

    Title: Network Administration College Student
    Description: Currently back in college finishing my last course of the year. Will continue to work towards CCENT/CCNA over the summer in preparation for the next year of college.
    Age: 24
    Duration: September-May
    Certs: MTA: WOS, A+, pursuing CCENT/CCNA
    Certification Goals 2017: Cisco CCENT, MCSA: Windows Server 2012

    "You have enemies? Good, that means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life." ~Winston S. Churchill
  • rj1790rj1790 Posts: 103Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    I wish I can get started with my IT career already. Currently 26, and no IT experience.
    WGU: Network Operations and Security (In progress)
    Current Certifications: A+, N+, S+, CCENT
    In Progress: CCNA, CCNA Security, CCDA
  • jws86jws86 Posts: 77Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    rj1790 wrote: »
    I wish I can get started with my IT career already. Currently 26, and no IT experience.

    Apply, apply, and apply some more.
    Currently studying for CCNA R&S
  • silver145silver145 Posts: 265Member
    Title: Placement
    Hours/wk: 37.5
    Age: 23
    Duration: 12 months
    How: Applied through university
    Certs: CCNA
    Education: college
    Pay: $20,000

    Title: graduate scheme (network designer)
    Hours/wk: 37.5
    Age: 25
    Duration: 18 months
    How: Applied directly
    Certs: CCNA/CCNP/CCIE
    Education: Uni degree
    Pay: $50,000

    Title: senior network implementation engineer
    Hours/wk: 37.5
    Age: 27
    Duration: 3 months
    How: Applied directly
    Certs: CCNA/CCNP/CCIE
    Education: Uni degree
    Pay: $70,000

    Title: Solutions architect
    Hours/wk: 37.5
    Age: 27
    Duration: 7 months
    How: Applied directly
    Certs: CCNA/CCNP/CCIE
    Education: Uni degree
    Pay: $150,000
  • hurricane1091hurricane1091 Posts: 918Member
    Title: PC Technician
    Hours/wk: 40
    Description: XP to 7 migration contractor
    Company size: 30
    Age : 22
    Duration: 1/2 year
    How: Applied
    Certs: A+, Network +
    Education: 2 Associate Degrees
    Pay : $17/hr

    Title : Desktop Tech
    Hours/wk: 40
    Description: Desktop support
    Company size: 60
    Age: 23
    Duration: 1/2 year
    How : Applied
    Certs: A+, Network +, Microsoft MTA
    Education: 2 Associate's Degrees
    Pay : $37k/yr

    Title : Network Engineer
    Hours/wk : 40+
    Description: Design, implement, etc
    Company size: 2500
    Age : 24
    Duration: 1 year and counting
    How: Applied
    Certs: CCNA RS, CCNA Security, A+. Net+, Security+, Linux+, Project+, Microsoft MTA, working on CCNP RS
    Education: 2 Associate's Degrees, BS from WGU in IT Security
    Pay: 55k + 10% bonus
  • joshmadakorjoshmadakor Posts: 495Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    paul78 wrote: »
    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

    /snip

    Title: VP, Technology
    Description: Took different role in company
    Company size: 20000+
    How: Knew someone
    Age: 45
    Pay : annual $360K (variable compensation - last year)

    Damn Paul!
    WGU B.S. Information Technology (Completed January 2013)
  • LS1LS1 Posts: 12Member ■□□□□□□□□□
    Title: IT/Helpdesk Support
    Hours/wk: 37.5
    Description: General IT helpdesk support tickets for desktop/server issues.
    Company size: <10
    Age : 18
    Duration: 6 months
    How: Friend knew the owner
    Certs: A+, CCNA R&S, CCNP R&S, CCSP IOS/PIX Firewalls
    Education: High School
    Pay : $16k/year

    Title: VoIP/Network Consultant
    Hours/wk: 37.5
    Description: Design/installation of small networks and Mitel deployments
    Company size: 50
    Age : 19
    Duration: 5 years
    How: Applied
    Certs: A+, CCNA R&S, CCNP R&S, CCSP IOS/PIX Firewalls
    Education: High School
    Pay : $47k/year

    Title: VoIP/Network Consultant
    Hours/wk: 37.5
    Description: Design/installation of networks, VoIP, IP CCTV, etc
    Company size: 35
    Age : 24
    Duration: 2 years
    How: Head hunted
    Certs: A+, CCNA R&S, CCNP R&S, CCSP IOS/PIX Firewalls
    Education: High School
    Pay : $50k/year


    Title: VoIP/Network Team Leader
    Hours/wk: 37.5
    Description: Design/installation of networks, VoIP, looked after a few staff, training, etc.
    Company size: 35
    Age : 26
    Duration: 2 years
    How: Head hunted
    Certs: A+, CCNA R&S, CCNP R&S, CCSP IOS/PIX Firewalls (certs expired during this employment, so busy renewing them now)
    Education: High School
    Pay : $50k/year

    Title: Contractor
    Hours/wk: Various
    Description: Do mostly Cisco network support/design/deployment. Currently working on a long term project for the biggest organisation in the UK (public sector) supporting their infrastructure/datacentre and any new deployments.
    Company size: n/a
    Age : 28
    Duration:8 months so far
    How: Sick of working for other people
    Certs: A+, CCNA R&S, CCNP R&S, CCSP IOS/PIX Firewalls
    Education: High School
    Pay : $500-$600 per day
  • KennygrowKennygrow Posts: 13Banned ■□□□□□□□□□
    LS1 wrote: »
    Title: IT/Helpdesk Support
    Hours/wk: 37.5
    Description: General IT helpdesk support tickets for desktop/server issues.
    Company size: <10
    Age : 18
    Duration: 6 months
    How: Friend knew the owner
    Certs: A+, CCNA R&S, CCNP R&S, CCSP IOS/PIX Firewalls
    Education: High School
    Pay : $16k/year

    Title: VoIP/Network Consultant
    Hours/wk: 37.5
    Description: Design/installation of small networks and Mitel deployments
    Company size: 50
    Age : 19
    Duration: 5 years
    How: Applied
    Certs: A+, CCNA R&S, CCNP R&S, CCSP IOS/PIX Firewalls
    Education: High School
    Pay : $47k/year

    Title: VoIP/Network Consultant
    Hours/wk: 37.5
    Description: Design/installation of networks, VoIP, IP CCTV, etc
    Company size: 35
    Age : 24
    Duration: 2 years
    How: Head hunted
    Certs: A+, CCNA R&S, CCNP R&S, CCSP IOS/PIX Firewalls
    Education: High School
    Pay : $50k/year


    Title: VoIP/Network Team Leader
    Hours/wk: 37.5
    Description: Design/installation of networks, VoIP, looked after a few staff, training, etc.
    Company size: 35
    Age : 26
    Duration: 2 years
    How: Head hunted
    Certs: A+, CCNA R&S, CCNP R&S, CCSP IOS/PIX Firewalls (certs expired during this employment, so busy renewing them now)
    Education: High School
    Pay : $50k/year

    Title: Contractor
    Hours/wk: Various
    Description: Do mostly Cisco network support/design/deployment. Currently working on a long term project for the biggest organisation in the UK (public sector) supporting their infrastructure/datacentre and any new deployments.
    Company size: n/a
    Age : 28
    Duration:8 months so far
    How: Sick of working for other people
    Certs: A+, CCNA R&S, CCNP R&S, CCSP IOS/PIX Firewalls
    Education: High School
    Pay : $500-$600 per day

    Is this all in british pounds or US dollars
  • earonw49earonw49 Posts: 184Member
    Title: GeekSquad Computer Agent
    Hours/wk: 32-40 Depending on Season
    Description: Hands ON IT support, general "fix it" computer shop
    Company size: 1000+
    Age : 19-20
    Duration: 10 months (Left Job for School)
    How: I knew a guy and got in
    Certs: N/A
    Education: High School
    Pay : $20k/year

    Title: Helpdesk I
    Hours/wk: 40
    Description: General helpdesk/tech Support over the phone and in house desktop development
    Company size: 50
    Age : 23
    Duration: 8 Months (Promotion)
    How: Applied Online
    Certs: A+
    Education: High School
    Pay : $32/year

    Title: Helpdesk II (Same company as Helpdesk I)
    Hours/wk: 40
    Description: General helpdesk II support over the phone. In house tech support, sys admin apprentice.
    Company size: 35
    Age : 23
    Duration: 2 months (Moved to different city due to marriage)
    How: Promoted
    Certs: A+, Network+,
    Education: Some College (Community)
    Pay : $34k/year


    Title: Desktop Support Engineer II / Information Resource Analyst (Field Tech) II
    Hours/wk: 40-60 depending on the project
    Description: Desktop Support, T1 network and system admin (active directory and server repair) support, project lead/management support, deployment support
    Company size: 5000+
    Age : 23-24
    Duration: 10 Months (Moved to different State for wife's engineering job)
    How: Applied Online
    Certs: A+, N+, S+
    Education: Some College/Xfer to WGU
    Pay : $35.5k/year

    Title: Launch and Mission Operations Intern
    Hours/wk: 50-65
    Description: Desktop Support III, Helpdesk Support II, Cisco Routing / Switching maintenance, Server and Sys Admin projects/tasks, various rebuilds, computer builds and projects assigned by the LO and CIO managers.
    Company size: <5000
    Age : 24-25
    Duration: 3 months
    How: Applied, 8x interviews and luck
    Certs: A+, N+, S+, L+ Useless CIW certs
    Education: Some College (Attended WGU)
    Pay : $52k/year

    Title: Launch and Mission Operations Technician
    Hours/wk: 50-65
    Description: Desktop Support III, Helpdesk Support II, Cisco Routing / Switching maintenance, Server and Sys Admin projects/tasks, various rebuilds, computer builds and projects assigned by the LO and CIO managers.
    Company size: <5000
    Age : 25
    Duration: 5 months (Left for School Full Time)
    How: Side-Promotion
    Certs: A+, N+, S+, L+ Useless CIW certs
    Education: Some College (Attended WGU)
    Pay : $52k/year

    Title: Information Systems Network and Firewall Engineer I (Professional Development Program)
    Hours/wk: 40
    Description: Cisco and Juniper engineering and support. Firewall and security support
    Company size: 10000+
    Age : 25
    Duration: Starting in June
    How: Applied, 6 months of constant interviews and contact with HR/Hiring managers, references
    Certs: A+, N+, S+, L+, P+ Useless CIW certs
    Education: Some College (Graduating WGU in 07/2016)
    Pay : Pending (60k+ a year however in negotiations for more salary because I never accept an offered salary at face value)
    WGU B.S. IT - Progress: Feb 2015 - End Date Jan 2018
    WGU M.S Cyber Security & Assurance - Progress: Aug 2018 -
  • emekemek Posts: 42Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    Title: Assistant II
    Hours/wk: 20
    Description: Student worker position in college. Help desk duties.
    Company size: 4000+
    Age : 25
    Duration: 4 Months
    How: Applied through work study program
    Certs: A+
    Education: AA- General Studies, B.S. -Business/Info Systems nearly completed
    Pay :$12/hr

    Title: Analyst 1- Help Desk
    Hours/wk: 40
    Description: 1st real full time IT position post grad. Mostly newbie help desk type work (Tier 1), password resets, application support, system deployments
    Company size: 10000+
    Age : 25
    Duration: 4 Months (Temp)
    How: Applied online through University website
    Certs: A+
    Education: AA- General Studies, B.S. -Business/Info Systems
    Pay :$19/hr

    Title: Analyst 1- Tech Support Coordinator
    Hours/wk: 40
    Description: Same location as before but different department. This was a permanent position with excellent benefits and pension. Sole help desk person for 200 people.
    Company size: 10000+
    Age : 25-28
    Duration: 2 years 7 Months
    How: Applied online through University website
    Certs: A+, S+, Started CCENT
    Education: AA- General Studies, B.S. -Business/Info Systems
    Pay :$21/hr

    Title: Analyst 2- Desktop Support (Tier 2) Just Accepted
    Hours/wk: 40
    Description: Should know my duties soon, but I'll be doing some end user support, system deployments and imaging, patch management, sscm, casper suite, light networking duties. Hoping this will lead to less user support and more system admin type duties.
    Company size: 10000+
    Age : 28
    Duration: Current
    How: Referred by old boss
    Certs: A+, S+, Some CCENT
    Education: AA- General Studies, B.S. -Business/Info Systems
    Pay :$26/hr
  • KennygrowKennygrow Posts: 13Banned ■□□□□□□□□□
    Amazing stories

    Can someone state like the location as well??
  • cisco-usercisco-user Posts: 8Member ■□□□□□□□□□
    Hi ya guys!

    Title: Fleet Operations Administrator
    Hours/wk: 40
    Description: Looking after huge fleet of lorries (over 270), to get them serviced and repaired on demand
    Company size: 2000+
    Age: 28
    Duration: 4 Months
    How: applied through agency
    Certs: CCENT passed few days ago
    Education: Some College (nothing connected to IT)
    Pay: £22000/year (~ $31600)

    I desperately want to change the industry from Logistics to IT, currently being interested in Networking.

    Never give up.
  • LS1LS1 Posts: 12Member ■□□□□□□□□□
    Kennygrow wrote: »
    Is this all in british pounds or US dollars

    I roughly converted to USD, but did just realise I didn't convert one of them ha.

    Job before what I do now, was more like $80k
  • BlackoutBlackout Posts: 507Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    2012 - Technical Specialist (Defence Contracting) - 50K

    2013 - System Administrator (Capacity Management/NMS) - 60K

    2014 - Customer Support Engineer (Core Architecture) - 70K + Weekends 90K a year

    2016 - Escalation Engineer Tier III (Core Architecture/AAA ISE) - 78K + Weekends 95K a year
    Currently Pursuing: CCNA: S

    "Practice doesn't make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect"

    Vincent Thomas "Vince" Lombardi
  • si20si20 Posts: 465Member
    2006 - IT Technician (public sector) - 18k

    2011-2014 - University (studying digital forensics)

    2014 - Security Analyst - 26k

    2015 - Senior Security Analyst - 40k

    2016 - Digital Forensics - (22k estimated, law enforcement contract role, junior position)

    So yes, I took a pay cut but i'm finally where I want to be icon_cheers.gif
    Future certs: CEH v10 (maybe)
  • joshmadakorjoshmadakor Posts: 495Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    si20 wrote: »
    /snip

    So yes, I took a pay cut but i'm finally where I want to be icon_cheers.gif
    Nice, I'm about to do this too (~30% cut) in order to move into Network operations :)
    WGU B.S. Information Technology (Completed January 2013)
  • IristheangelIristheangel ABL - Always Be Labbin' Pasadena, CAPosts: 4,098Mod Mod
    Time for an update since it's official as of last Monday:


    Title: Consulting Systems Engineer - Security (Same company)
    Hours/wk: 40~
    Description: POCs/POVs, interface directly with the BUs, working with clients on security solutions, etc, Lot of the same stuff I was doing before except focused on less products which makes for a saner life and more remote meetings
    Company size: 10000+
    Age : 33
    Duration: Was in my previous role for about 2 years
    How: Made a good name for myself internally: I volunteered to help people out with POCs, support issues, etc even if they weren't my clients, answered questions on global mailing lists, helped people build up their labs, etc. On the side, I would do free labs and certification and non-certification training for folks who cared to show up (inside and outside of Cisco). A couple people from these forums even showed up for them :) On top of that, I got a little stir crazy studying just for DC last year so I made sort of a super lab and shared it out. Lots of stuff that I personally enjoy doing and also made me feel good - I don't think I ever actively thought that I was doing it for a raise or promotion but it's nice that it worked out that way.
    Certs: I think the biggest one I got since I started was the CCIE Data Center. Definitely an accomplishment but probably less relevant to my current role
    Education: WGU, baby! BS, MS
    Pay: Let's just say I hit another BIG milestone that I honestly never thought I'd hit. Over 30% raise from what I was making before.
    BS, MS, and CCIE #50931
    Blog: www.network-node.com
    Bonus TE Fun: Nerd Photos
  • olaHaloolaHalo Posts: 748Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    How: Made a good name for myself internally: I volunteered to help people out with POCs, support issues, etc even if they weren't my clients, answered questions on global mailing lists, helped people build up their labs, etc. On the side, I would do free labs and certification and non-certification training for folks who cared to show up (inside and outside of Cisco). A couple people from these forums even showed up for them :)
    Congrats!
    Ive been doing similar "extra" work helping our teams (smaller scale Im sure). Staying 3 or 4 hours late each day. Responding to issues on my days off. Creating new documentation etc
    Management let me know that I am being considered for promotion soon and have been asked to go on the next business trip with our top client.
    Effort pays off I suppose. Ill post the update in this thread if it actually happens.
  • DPGDPG Posts: 780Member
    Time for an update since it's official as of last Monday:

    Title: Consulting Systems Engineer - Security (Same company)

    Is the pay very dependent on commissions and bonuses based on sales? It seems like that milestone is hard to get to with most companies unless you are an expert at selling the product they are pushing.

  • IristheangelIristheangel ABL - Always Be Labbin' Pasadena, CAPosts: 4,098Mod Mod
    DPG wrote: »
    Is the pay very dependent on commissions and bonuses based on sales? It seems like that milestone is hard to get to with most companies unless you are an expert at selling the product they are pushing.

    You're thinking more account managers than SEs. SEs do get paid bonuses but it's not "sell X amount of boxes and get $X." We get bigger base salaries and instead of direct commissions, we get bonuses which maybe accounts for about 20% of our pay. Those are determined from a split which combines variety of factors: Customer satisfaction, KSOs, and overall how well the overall region is doing.
    BS, MS, and CCIE #50931
    Blog: www.network-node.com
    Bonus TE Fun: Nerd Photos
  • wolfinsheepsclothingwolfinsheepsclothing Posts: 155Member
    You're thinking more account managers than SEs. SEs do get paid bonuses but it's not "sell X amount of boxes and get $X." We get bigger base salaries and instead of direct commissions, we get bonuses which maybe accounts for about 20% of our pay. Those are determined from a split which combines variety of factors: Customer satisfaction, KSOs, and overall how well the overall region is doing.
    That's how we do it at Red Hat too (Senior Consultant). Congrats on the promotion!
  • --chris----chris-- Posts: 1,510Member ■■■■■□□□□□
    Time for an update since it's official as of last Monday:


    Title: Consulting Systems Engineer - Security (Same company)
    Hours/wk: 40~
    Description: POCs/POVs, interface directly with the BUs, working with clients on security solutions, etc, Lot of the same stuff I was doing before except focused on less products which makes for a saner life and more remote meetings
    Company size: 10000+
    Age : 33
    Duration: Was in my previous role for about 2 years
    How: Made a good name for myself internally: I volunteered to help people out with POCs, support issues, etc even if they weren't my clients, answered questions on global mailing lists, helped people build up their labs, etc. On the side, I would do free labs and certification and non-certification training for folks who cared to show up (inside and outside of Cisco). A couple people from these forums even showed up for them :) On top of that, I got a little stir crazy studying just for DC last year so I made sort of a super lab and shared it out. Lots of stuff that I personally enjoy doing and also made me feel good - I don't think I ever actively thought that I was doing it for a raise or promotion but it's nice that it worked out that way.
    Certs: I think the biggest one I got since I started was the CCIE Data Center. Definitely an accomplishment but probably less relevant to my current role
    Education: WGU, baby! BS, MS
    Pay: Let's just say I hit another BIG milestone that I honestly never thought I'd hit. Over 30% raise from what I was making before.

    Congrats Iris! Your rise since WGU/IE has been metoric. To sum up your "how" it sounds like a general enthusiasm for what you do got the job done, right?


    I have my own update :)


    Title: Network Engineer
    Hours/wk: 40
    Description: Financial institution; infrastructure engineer; tier 3 escalation for all technical issues
    Age : 30
    Duration: Prior to this I was in a MSP doing a little bit of everything for 2 years.
    How: I am not really certain I can point to one thing and say "this right here, this is how I did it". I have been very proactive in problem solving (not just technical issues); owning all failures FOR THE TEAM; taking corrective actions after failures and training everyone and anyone who will listen how to be a better technician. I am still working on my BS (<12 months to go), I have put CCNP on hold because the new employer requires I get the BS asap.
    Certs: CCNA RS, ITIL
    Pay: 62K/year (44K/year prior)


  • dave330idave330i Posts: 2,090Member ■■■■■■■■■■
    Time for an update. It'll be official in few weeks.

    Title: Consulting Architect
    Hours/wk: ~40
    Description: Architect virtual infrastructure for customers
    Age: 43
    Duration: Just started. Overall, almost 6 years in IT. Took a bit longer than I had planned.
    How: Lots of studying, lots of certs, going above and beyond.
    Certs: Listed on the left
    Pay: Finally achieved a personal milestone. Time to define a new goal.
    2018 Certification Goals: Maybe VMware Sales Cert
    "Simplify, then add lightness" -Colin Chapman
  • ClmClm Cloud Sec Senpai Denver Metro AreaPosts: 426Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    Title: Information Assurance manager / Military
    Hours/wk: 40
    Description: Network admin
    Company size: 900
    Age : 21-24
    Duration: 3 Years
    How:
    Certs: A+, Sec+
    Education: 20 credit hours
    Pay :$45k




    Title: Signals Intelligence Analyst /Military, NSA
    Hours/wk: 40
    Description:
    Company size: Over 9000
    Age : 24-26
    Duration: 2 years
    How:
    Certs: A+, Sec+, Opec Level II
    Education:40 credit hours
    Pay :$51k





    Title: Cyber Security Analyst
    Hours/wk: 50
    Description: cool stuff
    Company size: 150( But we were a MSP supporting thousands of people)
    Age : 26-27
    Duration: 9 months
    How:
    Certs:
    A+, Sec+, Opec Level II, CISSP
    Education: 50 credits
    Pay :$ 60k



    Title: IT security analyst II
    Hours/wk: 40
    Description:
    Company size: 150,000+
    Age : 27
    Duration: Current Position
    How:
    Certs:
    A+, Sec+, Opec Level II, CISSP
    Education: AA- General studies
    Pay :$ 85k+
    I find your lack of Cloud Security Disturbing!!!!!!!!!
    Connect with me on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/myerscraig


  • Nightflier101BLNightflier101BL Posts: 134Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    Title: PC Technician
    Hour/wk: 40+ on-call
    Description: Did everything - network, systems, servers, PC's, etc.
    Company Size: 300+
    Age: 31
    Duration: 2.5 years
    How: applied and interviewed
    Certs: CCNA R&S, CCENT, Network+
    Education: AAS in progress
    Pay: $32K


    Title: Network Administrator
    Hour/wk: 44
    Description: Cisco networking, VMware, Unix/Linux servers, Windows Server, some end-user PC support
    Company Size: 100+
    Age: 34
    Duration: 1 year
    How: applied and interviewed
    Certs: CCNA Security, CCNA R&S, CCENT, Security+, Network+, Project+
    Education: AAS still in progress
    Pay: 65K no benefits (open-ended contract)

    *UPDATE*

    Title: Systems Engineer
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Cisco networking
    Company Size: 5000+
    Company Type: Healthcare
    Age: 34
    Duration: starting soon
    How: applied and interviewed
    Certs:CCNA Security, CCNA R&S, CCENT, Security+, Network+, Project+ (CCNP in progress)
    Education: BAS - IT Security (in progress)
    Pay: 85K with benefits
  • tmtextmtex Posts: 326Member
    This is cool

    1994 - Southwest Property trust: Entry level Desktop. First IT job setting up PC's for Apartments on a windows for workgroups network. Corp office desktop support( 70 people), 1995, became traveling the US. Awesome time !! 7.50 Per hour, left a grocery store stocking frozen foods at 12.35 per hour
    1997 -2001 The above company was acquired by a bigger one. Everyone laid off except me(low man on the pole) Left alone to support the Dallas office and Novell Network, CNA, CNE acquired along with getting AAS in CIS. 35K-50K, company moved to Colorado and I was scared to leave on my own(Age 27)
    2001 -2011 Cushman Wakefield - 65K Everything under IT except configuring switches( Novell and Win2003, 2008 servers, Telco, Desktop, Lotus Notes, Security, You name it. Massive US travel. Supported Dallas, Denver, Houston, Salt Lake City offices, Quarterly NY. LA travels. ( I will not travel anymore for a Job because of this place) Laid off, new CIO went to outsourcing. 80K plus OT came to almost 100K plus MANY, MANY benefits. ( Free hotels, Limos, High dollar dinners, nice office. Basically living the exec life style. I would never do it again. Dealing with arrogant millionaires, Ahole people. Do not miss it one bit. Had to wear a freaking tie also.
    2011 - XXXXX - Temp first level support(4Month temp Job) 19 per hr. Resetting passwords, imaging PC's
    2011 - Prime Controls - Server builds, Cell phone administration. IT Purchasing, Desktop, cabling 75K
    2012 -2015 XXXXX - Called back to run and manage the service desk. Excellent , best job ever, worked from home 1 day a week, could do whatever I want, good company. Life was the best!!!! 2013 Employee of the year, 2014 company acquired..........June 2015 laid off and all IT moved off, Service Desk operations ran out of CA. 90-110K
    2015 - Temp ****, cant get a job worth anything, found out I suck ass in interviews. I had super old certifications. Many places laughed at me because I didn't even have the A+ and door was shut fast. Life sucks, I have no money, all the toys have been sold. Ex wife is helping with the bills LOL. Doing the CompTIA track, from the WIA, then MCSA on the server side. Will cert myself up. Things will be different in 12 months.
  • ramrunner800ramrunner800 Posts: 238Member
    Title: SOC Analyst
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: SIEM monitoring and network forensics
    Company Size: 5000+
    Company Type: [Redacted]
    Age: 28
    Duration: 10 Months
    How: Applied on DICE and interviewed. This was a career change, and my first IT role. I previously worked as an operations analyst in Law Enforcement, which was viewed as somewhat complementary role.
    Certs: A+, N+, S+, CCENT, C|EH
    Education: BA - Political Sciecne
    Pay: Started 80K with benefits, ended 110k with benefits


    Title: Cyber Incident Response Analyst
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Incident Response/Digital Forensics
    Company Size: 50k+
    Company Type: [Redacted]
    Age: 29
    Duration: Current Job, 1 year so far
    How: Applied on Indeed and interviewed
    Certs: A+, N+, S+, CCENT, C|EH when hired, GCFE and GCFA since starting
    Education: BA - Political Sciecne
    Pay: $130k, much better benefits, and and as much SANS as I can handle
    Currently Studying For: GXPN
  • zxbanezxbane Posts: 739Member
    Title: SOC Analyst
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: SIEM monitoring and network forensics
    Company Size: 5000+
    Company Type: [Redacted]
    Age: 28
    Duration: 10 Months
    How: Applied on DICE and interviewed. This was a career change, and my first IT role. I previously worked as an operations analyst in Law Enforcement, which was viewed as somewhat complementary role.
    Certs: A+, N+, S+, CCENT, C|EH
    Education: BA - Political Sciecne
    Pay: Started 80K with benefits, ended 110k with benefits


    Title: Cyber Incident Response Analyst
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Incident Response/Digital Forensics
    Company Size: 50k+
    Company Type: [Redacted]
    Age: 29
    Duration: Current Job, 1 year so far
    How: Applied on Indeed and interviewed
    Certs: A+, N+, S+, CCENT, C|EH when hired, GCFE and GCFA since starting
    Education: BA - Political Sciecne
    Pay: $130k, much better benefits, and and as much SANS as I can handle

    This sounds like a great opportunity. Make solid pay and get tons of expensive training that will only make you more marketable. Congrats!

    Out of curiosity, what area are you in and what industry is this with?
  • markulousmarkulous Posts: 2,375Member ■■■■■■■■□□
    Title: Support Specialist
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Reset passwords, minor browser troubleshooting
    Age: 30
    Duration: 3 months
    Certs: None
    Education: AS IT
    Pay: $10 an hour

    Title: Desktop Support
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Temp job, migrating XP to 7 for a large company
    Age: 30
    Duration: 3 months
    Certs: None
    Education: AS IT
    Pay: $16 an hour


    Title: Service Desk Technician
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Remote End-user support
    Age: 30
    Duration: 8 months
    Certs: None
    Education: AS IT
    Pay: $16 an hour


    Title: Service Desk Level 2
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Take escalations, Exchange, DNS, firewalls, some end user issues also
    Age: 31
    Duration: 11 Months
    Certs: MTA: OS, S+, N+, CCENT, Project+
    Education: AS IT
    Pay: 45k

    Title: Technical Support Engineer
    Hour/wk: 40
    Desc: Work for VMware supporting various products, mainly View
    Age: 32
    Duration: 7 months
    Certs: CCNA R&S, CCNA S, Linux+, N+, P+, S+, MTA OS, etc
    Education: BS IT Security
    Pay: 65k-70k after bonuses

    Title: Support Services Engineer
    Hour/wk: 40
    Desc: Provided SIEM support
    Duration: 2 months (Yeah, they sucked)
    Certs: CCNA R&S, CCNA S, Linux+, N+, P+, S+, MTA OS, etc
    Education: BS IT Security, Enrolled in MS
    Pay: 63k after bonuses

    Title: Systems Administrator
    Hour/wk: 40-45
    Desc: JOAT for around 100 end-users. Systems, networking, security, etc.
    Duration: Current
    Certs: CCNA R&S, CCNA S, VCP6-DTM, Linux+, N+, P+, S+, MTA OS, etc
    Education: BS IT Security, Enrolled in MS
    Pay: 57k, then 60k after probation period.

    Yeah slight paycut for this job, but WAY better commute, and I get to learn a crap ton of stuff which will get me into an infosec position.
  • joemc3joemc3 Posts: 141Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    Title: Fledgling
    Hour/wk: 80
    Description: I would throw bottles and paper wads at super heroes. I usually got an annoying glance. I am looking forward to them noticing me.
    Company size: 100
    Age: 23
    Duration: Starting in April
    How: Applied and interviewed
    Certs: None
    Education: Streets
    Pay: 100k


    Title: Nemisis
    Hour/wk: 60
    Description: Things have went well, I was able to lick from the nemesis pop sickle thus granting me actual superpowers. Batman didn't see it coming. Those 54 chevies are heavy....good times. I ran and grabbed a beer, he threw out the bat signal. I am on my 3rd beer...relaxing
    Company size: 1
    Age: 26
    Duration: Starting in April
    How: Recruiter
    Certs: None
    Education: Streets
    Pay: 1 mill

    Title: Arch Nemisis
    Hour/wk: 30
    Description: I can't ask for more. Through study I have been able to hone and deepen my skills. I was through through the side of a taco bell today. Batman finally caught up with me. We fought for a bit, I through hot fire grease on him. His belt slipped off and he wasn't any use to anyone anymore. I grabbed a crave case out the door. Time will tell where my career takes me.
    Company size: 1
    Age: 29
    Duration: Infinite
    How: Word of mouth
    Certs: None
    Education: Streets
    Pay: 1 bill
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