Timeline: Your IT Career Progression

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  • Pmorgan2Pmorgan2 Posts: 63Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    Title: Web Designer
    Hour/wk: 10
    Description: Modified Macromedia Flash templates (color schemes, text)
    Company size: 3
    Age: 15
    Duration: 4 Months
    How: Uncle owned business
    Certs: None
    Education: In High School
    Pay: $200 a site

    Title: Information Systems Operator/Analyst (Army 74B)
    Hour/wk: 50+
    Description: Help desk, cryptography management, video teleconferencing, shooting things, company "camping trips"
    Company size: ~2000
    Age: 20
    Duration: 4 Years
    How: Talked to a recruiter
    Certs: None
    Education: High School - some college
    Pay: E1 Pay (About $21,000 annual total compensation)

    Title: System Administrator
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Small business server and help desk support
    Company size: 2
    Age: 28
    Duration: 8 months
    How: Craigslist
    Certs: None
    Education: High School - some college
    Pay: $15/hour

    Title: Information Technology Specialist (Army 25B)
    Hour/wk: 50+
    Description: Help desk team leader, VTC operator, information assurance compliance, shoot things, company camping trips
    Company size: ~400
    Age: 29
    Duration: 2 years
    How: Talked to recruiter again
    Certs: None
    Education: High School - 2 years of college (no degree)
    Pay: E-5 (about $38,000 annual total compensation)

    Title: Information Technology Specialist (Army 25B)
    Hour/wk: 50+
    Description: IT Program manager and supervisor, shoot things, company camping trips
    Company size: ~500
    Age: 31
    Duration: 2 years
    How: Military promotion and transfer
    Certs: Healthcare IT, A+, Security+, CISSP
    Education: High School - 2 years of college (no degree)
    Pay: E-6 (about $56,000 annual total compensation)

    Title: IT Specialist
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: vSphere, SharePoint, RHEL5, and Server 2008 admin. Help desk, VTC, lifecycle, and network support.
    Company size: ~250
    Age: 33
    Duration: 3 months (Present)
    How: federal job board using veteran preference
    Certs: Healthcare IT, A+, Security+, CISSP
    Education: High School - 2 years of college (no degree)
    Pay: $68,000 plus housing and the famous federal benefits

    I'm trying desperately to get away from Help Desk. I'm getting closer!
    2018_________________________________2019
    [ ] Project+ [ ] Linux+ [ ] VCP7-DTM[ ] CCNA [ ] CCNA Security [ ] WGU BS: IT Security [ ] MCSA
  • ramrunner800ramrunner800 Posts: 238Member
    zxbane wrote: »
    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?

    Thanks for the encouragement, I do feel very fortunate to have landed where I have. This forum helped a lot in guiding my career change, and I appreciate it tons.

    I'm on the Gulf Coast, working in industry. Unfortunately the paranoid infosec guy in me isn't comfortable getting too much more specific.
    Currently Studying For: GXPN
  • xengorethxengoreth Posts: 117Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    Note: Pay is estimated to the best of my recollection.

    Title: Tech Support Monkey
    Description: Consumer and small business tech support calls for a now defunct computer manufacturer via phone and later email.
    Company size: ~10000
    How: Ad in paper
    Age: 19
    Pay: $11/hr (starting) - $18.75/hr (leaving)
    Duration: 2.5 years
    Certs: None
    Education: Some college

    Title: Desktop Administrator
    Description: Desktop/telecom/server support for a call center. I ran around like a madman closing tickets on every possible technology in the call center. I learned a lot but didn't get paid much.
    Company size: ~3000
    How: Referral from friend
    Age: 22
    Pay: $32,000/yr
    Duration: 2.5 years
    Certs: None
    Education: Some college

    Title: Desktop Engineer
    Description: Desktop engineering and technical lead for a desktop support team. Mostly SCCM (SMS at the time) packaging, managing the login scripts, and creating/updating the desktop image.
    Company size: ~3000
    How: Promotion and relocation
    Age: 24
    Pay: $45,000/yr (starting) - $48,000/yr (leaving)
    Duration: 1.5 years
    Certs: None
    Education: Some college

    Title: Systems Engineer
    Description: Desktop engineering (OS integration, hardware testing, application packaging, GPOs, and of course engineering the desktop image.)
    Company size: ~300,000
    How: Merger: promoted and relocated (which was lucky as most of my former peers lost their jobs)
    Age: 26
    Pay: $55,000/yr (starting) - $78,000 (leaving)
    Duration: 4 years
    Certs: None
    Education: Some college

    (Unemployed for awhile after banking collapse of 2008.)

    Title: Technical Support Engineer
    Description: TSE supporting enterprise customers for a major virtualization product. An important note here is this was my first opportunity to get the word "desktop" off of my resume. I strictly avoid putting that word on my resume, as a single occurrence automatically seems to tell an employer that you are interested in making no more than $45K/year.
    Company size: ~7,000
    How: Applied directly to company
    Age: 31
    Pay: $60,000/yr (starting) - $60,000 (leaving)
    Duration: 1 year
    Certs: None
    Education: Some college

    Title: Quality Assurance Engineer
    Description: Embedded quality assurance engineer developing test frameworks, building automated test environments on virtualized infrastructure, supporting continuous integration, and creating test cases to ensure the quality of the product.
    Company size: ~7,000
    How: Lateral promotion within company.
    Age: 32
    Pay: $60,000/yr (starting) - $80,000 (leaving)
    Duration: 2 years
    Certs: None
    Education: Some college

    Title: Systems Engineer (I put Network Administrator when searching for jobs to generate more accurate results)
    Description: Support for all aspects of a small (around 800 total devices), specialized environment with an emphasis on virtualization (VMware and Hyper-V), automation/scripting, application packaging, vulnerability scanning and patching, security hardening, Linux, and networking (Cisco gear).
    Company size: ~150 (subcontractor on a larger contract)
    How: Referred by friend
    Age: 34
    Pay: $94,000/yr (starting) - $94,000 (current)
    Duration: 3 years (current)
    Certs: None to start (A/S/N+, CCNA R/S, others in progress...)
    Education: Some more college (in progress at WGU)
    2018 Goals: CCNP R/S, VCP6-NV
  • ITSpectreITSpectre Posts: 1,040Member
    joemc3 wrote: »
    Education: Streets
    Pay: 1 bill

    The streets are wild these days huh? :D
    In the darkest hour, there is always a way out - Eve ME3 :cool:
    “The measure of an individual can be difficult to discern by actions alone.” – Thane Krios
  • joemc3joemc3 Posts: 141Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    ITSpectre wrote: »
    The streets are wild these days huh? :D

    Some hard-nose sent me a message about my post. I know it was a shot at some humor. Guys says off topic and not funny. He must be fun to be around!!!!!!!!!
  • ITSpectreITSpectre Posts: 1,040Member
    joemc3 wrote: »
    Some hard-nose sent me a message about my post. I know it was a shot at some humor. Guys says off topic and not funny. He must be fun to be around!!!!!!!!!

    lol... Don't you hate when people take the fun out of things......:D
    In the darkest hour, there is always a way out - Eve ME3 :cool:
    “The measure of an individual can be difficult to discern by actions alone.” – Thane Krios
  • djb.45acpdjb.45acp Posts: 3Registered Users ■□□□□□□□□□
    Title (Unofficial): IT Specialist
    Hours/wk: Variable (40-100)
    Description: Backup and Restoration, Malware Removal, Access and Identity Management, Root Cause Analysis, Audit Response, Networking, Various misc. tasks
    Company size: <300
    Age: 26-33
    Duration: 6+ Years
    How: Knew someone
    Certs: None
    Education: High School Graduate – Online College Student
    Pay : $16–$26/hr


    Title: Software QA Intern
    Hours/wk: 40
    Description: Manuel and some automated testing, Build test plans and cases, Security scanning and analysis
    Company size: >10,000
    Age: 33
    Duration: 4 months
    How: Company Website Application
    Certs: None
    Education: Online College Student
    Pay : $18/hr


    Title: Software QA Analyst/Engineer
    Hours/wk: 40
    Description: Manuel and some automated testing, Build test plans and cases, Security Awareness and training
    Company size: >1,000
    Age: 34-35
    Duration: <2 years
    How: Knew someone
    Certs: None
    Education: BS Applied Computer Science
    Pay : $24/hr-$26hr


    Title: Information Security Analyst
    Hours/wk: 40
    Description: Disaster Recovery plan development and testing, Cryptography, Access and Identity Management, Active Directory, Training and Awareness, Various other duties.
    Company size: >1,000
    Age: 35-37
    Duration: 2 years
    How: Same Company – Lateral move – Knew someone
    Certs: Security+, ITIL v3 Foundation
    Education: BS Applied Computer Science – Started MBA
    Pay : $26/hr-$31/hr


    Title: IT Risk Analyst
    Hours/wk: 40
    Description: Training and Awareness, Conduct Risk Assessments, Maintain Risk Register, Report to Senior Management, Review Vendors, Review Contracts, Consult with Various Departments and Senior Management, Other Duties as Assigned.
    Company size: >1,800
    Age: 37-38
    Duration: <1 years
    How: Indeed
    Certs: Security+, CISSP
    Education: BS Applied Computer Science, Continued working on MBA
    Pay : $43/hr + 12% Bonus available

    Notes: Since starting in September, of last year, I’ve received my CRMP (Certified Risk Management Professional) from DRII, graduated with my MBA and taken the CRISC (June 2016) exam. In 2007, I set my goal to become an Information Security Manager>CIO, and am getting as much experience, and as many relevant certs, and education as possible to make it happen.
  • TrucidoTrucido Posts: 250Member
    Title: Technical Support Representative
    Hours/wk: 40 - No overtime - being sent home early due to low call volume
    Description: Provided basic technical support for external users with Verizion FiOS service. TV/Phone/Internet and all Verizon equipment provided.
    Company size: (Contract) >1000
    Age: 20-24
    Duration: 3-4 years
    How: Applied online, interviewed
    Certs: None
    Education: G.E.D
    Pay : 10.50/hr (start) - 11.50/hr (end)


    Title: Help Desk Analyst I
    Hours/wk: 40 - 10 hr shifts - Overtime often - contractor
    Description: Basic troubleshooting for internal users (branch managers/sales reps); PC and Server hardware/software, POS hardware/software, procedural support.
    Company size: >10000
    Age: 24-25
    Duration: 1
    How: Applied online, interviewed
    Certs: None
    Education: G.E.D
    Pay : 15.00/hr (start) -> Promoted see below

    Title: Help Desk Analyst II
    Hours/wk: 40 - 10 hr shifts - Overtime often - contractor
    Description: All Tier I responsibilities AND basically a mini-supervisor. Monitor other agents call/ticket quality (QA), Provide other internal departments with Excel reports, Manage/call back/resolve incoming voice mail incidents, provide knowledge articles.
    Company size: >10000
    Age: 25-26
    Duration: 6 mo - 1 year
    How: Applied online, interviewed
    Certs: None
    Education: G.E.D
    Pay : 18.00/hr
    Note: Was let go, long story short; In a relationship with a colleague, her mother was in another department and was very blunt, our manager did not like my gf's mother but couldnt do anything about it, so he fired both of us for nothing. This is why I hate contract work.

    Title: Help Desk Analyst I
    Hours/wk: 40 - No overtime - contractor
    Description: Provide basic hardware/software support for internal users of a major bank.
    Company size: >10000
    Age: 26
    Duration: Current (6 mo)
    How: Applied online, interviewed
    Certs: None
    Education: G.E.D
    Pay : 16.00/hr

    Note: Quite frankly I am sick of being a contractor and only making less than 20/hr with 0 job security/benefits. Its now my goal to get certified (see signature) in various certs and hopefully become a IOC/Network Engineer and possibly a Network Admin. I am looking forward to reaching my goal / dream job of 50-70/hr.

    Any pointers for my journey would be appreciated, thank you.
    2017 Certification Goals
    CompTIA A+ [ ] CompTIA Net+ [ ] CompTIA Sec+ [ ] CCENT [ ] ITIL [ ]
  • powerfoolpowerfool Senior Member Posts: 1,623Member ■■■■■■■■□□
    Title: Systems Analyst (web development, HTML/JavaScript... actually ended up doing Novell>WinNT work)
    Hour/wk: ~40
    Description: Software and consulting organization (I worked on the consulting side)
    Company size: >10,000
    Age: 18
    Duration: 1 year
    How: Relative was branch manager and needed assistance in web development (which was super new at the time)
    Certs: None
    Education: High School
    Pay: $25k

    Title: Systems Analyst (web development, ASP/VB, HTML, JavaScript)
    Hour/wk: ~40
    Description: consulting organization
    Company size: ~10
    Age: 19
    Duration: 1 year
    How: Relative from former employer founded a new company and brought several of us on board
    Certs: None
    Education: High School
    Pay: $30k

    Title: Programmer (Java/JSP/Java Servlets, HTML, JavaScript, a little systems support)
    Hour/wk: ~40
    Description: Early Software as a Service organization
    Company size: ~10
    Age: 20
    Duration: 6 months
    How: Found in paper, applied and interview
    Certs: None
    Education: High School
    Pay: $30k

    Title: Tech support team lead (Windows client of all varieties... Windows 95/98/NT/ME/2000)
    Hour/wk: ~50
    Description: National ISP outsourced tech support
    Company size: ~5,000
    Age: 20
    Duration: 6 months
    How: Found in paper, applied and interview
    Certs: Network+
    Education: High School
    Pay: $30k

    Title: Network/Systems administrator (WinNT>2000 and Active Directory work)
    Hour/wk: ~40
    Description: Textiles
    Company size: ~50
    Age: 21
    Duration: 9 months
    How: Found in paper, applied and interview
    Certs: Network+
    Education: High School, working on MCSE
    Pay: $30k

    Title: Contractor (lot's of Win98 > 2000)
    Hour/wk: ~40
    Description: Desktop deployments and break fix for a hospital
    Company size: ~100
    Age: 21
    Duration: 6 months
    How: Friend from MCSE training program referred me
    Certs: Network+, MCSE
    Education: High School, beginning university
    Pay: $30k

    Title: Network/Systems administrator (major overhaul of network, implementation of AD, XP rollout, international expansion, Cisco PIX, Linux)
    Hour/wk: ~40
    Description: Hotel toiletries manufacturer
    Company size: ~200
    Age: 22
    Duration: 3 years
    How: Recruiting firm
    Certs: Network+, MCSE
    Education: High School, still in university
    Pay: $40-45k plus bonus

    Title: Network/Systems administrator (DR work, Cisco ASA, Sonicwall, tons of email migration for customers, Citrix, SCO Unixware, SAN)
    Hour/wk: ~40
    Description: Application Service Provider
    Company size: ~20
    Age: 25
    Duration: 2 years
    How: Found in paper, applied and interviewed
    Certs: Network+, MCSE
    Education: High School, still in university
    Pay: $56-58k

    Title: Network/Systems administrator (DR, Project management, Linux, Windows, SAN, virtualization)
    Hour/wk: ~40
    Description: Restaurant supply company
    Company size: ~200
    Age: 27
    Duration: 3 years
    How: Found in paper, applied and interviewed
    Certs: Network+, MCSE, CCNA
    Education: High School, BS in Information Systems
    Pay: $65-78k

    Title: Contractor (Email)
    Hour/wk: ~40
    Description: DoD
    Company size: >15,000
    Age: 30
    Duration: 4 years
    How: Found on Dice, applied and interviewed
    Certs: Network+, MCSEx4, CCNA, CISSP, MCITPx3, CEH, CCSP
    Education: High School, BS in Information Systems, MS in Cybersecurity
    Pay: $90-108k plus bonus


    Title: Consultant (Exchange, Lync/SfB, Office 365, Security)
    Hour/wk: ~40
    Description: Large re-seller and services organization
    Company size: >15,000
    Age: 34
    Duration: 2+ years (current)
    How: Hiring manager stalked me and convinced me to join company
    Certs: Network+, MCSEx6, CISSP, MCITPx4, CEH
    Education: High School, BS in Information Systems, MS in Cybersecurity
    Pay: $120-125k plus bonus


    Advice for others and to reinforce to myself: always work on improving yourself... don't ask questions like should I do certifications or college... or anything... do all of them.
    70-346 [ ] 70-347 [ ] 70-533 [ ] 70-743 [ ] CCSP [ ]
    2018 Goals: MCSA Office 365 and MCSE Cloud Platform and MCSA 2016, (ISC)2 CCSP
  • kalimusclekalimuscle Posts: 100Member
    wow so many inspiration stories.

    It goes to show you, keep learning, keep up skilling and always look at bettering your career with consistency - over time it will pay $$$$ of big !
    live, learn, grow, fail, rebuild and repeat until your heartbeat stops !
  • volfkhatvolfkhat Posts: 944Member ■■■■■■■□□□
    no kidding.
    I especially like the posts that start at $10/hr... but finish over $90k/year.

    clearly i'm doing it wrong :]
  • JoJoCal19JoJoCal19 California Kid Posts: 2,736Mod Mod
    Well it's been 2 years since my last post and a good bit has happened so I guess I'll update.


    Title: PC Specialist/Network Administrator
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: JOAT for a small envelope manufacturer
    Company size: 250
    Age: 23
    Duration: 14 months
    How: Internal applicant
    Certs: None
    Education: AS Computer Networking
    Pay: 32k

    Title: Sr. Technical Support Specialist
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Second level desktop support for large American bank/financial firm
    Company size: 200K+
    Age: 24
    Duration: 20 months
    How: Employee referral
    Certs: None
    Education: AS Computer Networking
    Pay: 50k

    Title: Sys/Data Security Analyst II
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Security access control and IAM for the same Financial firm
    Company size: 200K+
    Age: 26
    Duration: 20 months
    How: Internal applicant
    Certs: None, but got Network+, Security+, CISSP, and ITIL F while in this position.
    Education: AS Computer Networking. Completed my BS in Business Administration while in this position.
    Pay: 57k

    Title: AVP - Information Security Risk Management
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Information security risk management and GRC for large American global financial firm.
    Company size: 200K+
    Age: 32
    Duration: 8 months
    How: Company recruiter
    Certs: CISSP, CEH, CHFI, ITIL F
    Education: BS in Business Administration
    Pay: 72k

    Title: Sr. IT Security Engineer
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Security engineering, project management, incident response, etc for a governmental firm.
    Company size: 1500
    Age: 32
    Duration: 1.5 years
    How: External recruiter
    Certs: CISSP, CEH, CHFI, ITIL F
    Education: BS in Business Administration
    Pay: 85k

    Title: AVP - Cybersecurity Problem Manager
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Security problem management (full lifecycle), project management for large German financial firm.
    Company size: 220k+
    Age: 33
    Duration: 11 months
    How: Recruited by former colleague
    Certs: CISSP, CEH, CHFI, ITIL F
    Education: BS in Business Administration, completed MSISA while in this position.
    Pay: 102k + bonus

    Title: Sr Manager - Information Security Risk Management
    Hour/wk: 40 - fully remote
    Description: Information security risk management, audit, compliance, governance, project management for full-service IT consulting firm.
    Company size: 230k+
    Age: 34
    Duration: Current
    How: Company recruiter
    Certs: CISSP, CEH, CHFI, ITIL F, GSEC, GCIA
    Education: BS in Business Administration, MSISA
    Pay: 120k + bonus


    If I can give any advice to people who want to advance their career, it's to spend a lot of time on these forums, get motivation from others, absorb knowledge, ask questions. I wouldn't be where I am if it weren't for stumbling across these forums decade or so ago when I was starting out with certs (Network+) and then eventually joining a couple of years later. The best nugget of information that has helped me was posted here (I wish I could remember who said it so I can credit them) but they said to decide where it is you want to go, and build the bridge there. So I determined the roles I wanted, looked at what was being asked for, and set up the corresponding goals, whether that was education, knowledge, skills or certs, and tackled them. I firmly believe that everyone is capable of attaining their goals. It might not always be easy (in my case a relocation for 2 years, early mornings and late nights studying, school while working), but it will pay off.
    Have: CISSP, CISM, CISA, CRISC, GCIA, GSEC, CCSP, CCSK, AWS CCP, CEHv8, CHFIv8, ITIL-F, MS Cyber Security - USF, BSBA - UF, MSISA - WGU
    Currently Working On: eJPT, Learning: Linux/CLI, Git, Python, Pentesting
    Next Up:​ eJPT, eCPPTv2, OSCP
    Studying:​ Code Academy (CLI, Git, Python), eLearnSecurity PTSv3
  • OctalDumpOctalDump Posts: 1,722Member
    volfkhat wrote: »
    no kidding.
    I especially like the posts that start at $10/hr... but finish over $90k/year.

    clearly i'm doing it wrong :]

    Something that I've learnt is that you should specialise, focus on an area and get good at it, choose jobs based on career goals, and move companies to get faster progression. A lot of these you can see people moving roles pretty rapidly - like after a year.

    Naturally, I learnt this after not doing it :) Really became clear when I found out a guy I went to school with, has been in networking since he was still doing his Bachelor's and is now a double CCIE and working for a major bank. Kind of a "What the hell have I been doing with my life?" moment.
    2017 Goals - Something Cisco, Something Linux, Agile PM
  • JoJoCal19JoJoCal19 California Kid Posts: 2,736Mod Mod
    OctalDump wrote: »
    Something that I've learnt is that you should specialise, focus on an area and get good at it, choose jobs based on career goals, and move companies to get faster progression. A lot of these you can see people moving roles pretty rapidly - like after a year.

    Naturally, I learnt this after not doing it :) Really became clear when I found out a guy I went to school with, has been in networking since he was still doing his Bachelor's and is now a double CCIE and working for a major bank. Kind of a "What the hell have I been doing with my life?" moment.

    I'll tell ya what, I spent (wasted?) 8 years at the one bank. Know what I got for my loyalty? A total of $7k raise from beginning to end, and continually being passed over for openings for outside candidates. Ever since that experience, and also seeing other people here making the moves, I realized that you've got to make moves to get the big jumps in salary. I don't recommend the amount of moves in as short of time as I've done, but I feel 2 years is ok.
    Have: CISSP, CISM, CISA, CRISC, GCIA, GSEC, CCSP, CCSK, AWS CCP, CEHv8, CHFIv8, ITIL-F, MS Cyber Security - USF, BSBA - UF, MSISA - WGU
    Currently Working On: eJPT, Learning: Linux/CLI, Git, Python, Pentesting
    Next Up:​ eJPT, eCPPTv2, OSCP
    Studying:​ Code Academy (CLI, Git, Python), eLearnSecurity PTSv3
  • darkerzdarkerz Posts: 431Member
    Wow, I haven't actively posted since 2013/2014, with a little sprinkle of 2015....

    For context, when I joined tech exams in 2009 I was fresh in college, doing my first internship, learning the CCENT/CCNA and Microsoft classes in the midst of a devastating economic recession. Before then I had worked from age 16 to 19 making minimum wage to support myself and my family.

    Reflecting back on it, I'm glad I found this place. You guys all changed my life.

    Thank you.

    ...

    Now, Let's see what happened.

    Title: Internships (x3 3-month gigs)
    Hour/wk: 20-30
    Description: Large Networking Company that rhymes with "Crisco".
    Company size: >10,000
    Age: 18-19
    Duration: ~2 years
    How: Walked in and asked if I can configure switches, work for free and for credits, netadmin said "sure why not". :D
    Certs: CCENT
    Education: High School
    Pay: $0/hr

    Title: Helpdesk Analyst
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Contract, MSP for Health Care, I reset passwords and configured switch ports / AP's
    Company size: >100
    Age: 19-20
    Duration: 6 months
    How: Applied directly
    Certs: CCENT, CCNA, MCSA, MSCIT: Something Windows
    Education: HS, Associates
    Pay: $13/hr

    Title: Datacenter Analyst
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Contract, Hospital 3rd shift network/wireless/mainframe monkey, NOC guy, "Red Bad Green Good"
    Company size: 500-1000
    Age: 19-20
    Duration: 6 months
    How: Got poached from offsourced help desk, still a contractor icon_sad.gif
    Certs: Same
    Education: Same
    Pay: $19.75/hr

    Title: Network Engineer I
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Contract at a local MSP, national sized SMB network w/ firewalls/routes/switches/mpls/etc
    Company size: 500-1000
    Age: 20-21
    Duration: 1 year
    How: Applied on craigslist, 8pm-6am shift was destroying my life
    Certs: Same
    Education: Same
    Pay: $21.25/hr

    Title: IT Network Engineer
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Contract at a international distribution company on the verge of acquisition
    Company size: 5000+
    Age: 21-22
    Duration: 1 year
    How: Recruiter reached out to me
    Certs: Added CCNP, CCIE R/Sicon_cheers.gif
    Education: Same
    Pay: $39/hr

    Title: Network Smarthands Engineer
    Hour/wk: 50-60
    Description: Contract at a large technology cloud company "Big 4", data center deployment/tshoot
    Company size: 100,000+
    Age: 22-23
    Duration: 6 months
    How: Recruiter reached out to me
    Certs: Added multiple Fortigate certs, CCNA Security, CCNP Security
    Education: Same
    Pay: $45/hr

    Title: Network Development Engineer
    Hour/wk: 50-60
    Description: Contract at a large technology cloud company "Big 4", research and development
    Company size: 100,000+
    Age: 22-23
    Duration: 6 months
    How: Internal Move, new contract / team
    Certs: Same
    Education: Same
    Pay: $49.50/hr

    Title: Network Security Engineer II / III (6-month renewal, promotion)
    Hour/wk: 40-70
    Description: Contract at a large technology cloud company "Big 4", security environments
    Company size: 100,000+
    Age: 23-24
    Duration: 1 year
    How: Recruiter reached out to me
    Certs: Same
    Education: Same
    Pay: $61.50/hr

    Title: Senior Network Security Engineer
    Hour/wk: 40 (Salary)
    Description: Full time (finally, jesus) at Big 4 cloud company. Hyper scale network security architecture / strategic role
    Company size: 100,000+
    Age: 24-26
    Duration: 2 years
    How: After 2 years of contracting, I got picked up for FTE, total of 4 years so far!
    Certs: Same
    Education: Associates Degree, Still.
    Pay: $93.75/hr (year 1)
    Pay: $100.28/hr (year 2, promo)
    :twisted:
  • kalimusclekalimuscle Posts: 100Member
    darkerz wrote: »
    Wow, I haven't actively posted since 2013/2014, with a little sprinkle of 2015....

    For context, when I joined tech exams in 2009 I was fresh in college, doing my first internship, learning the CCENT/CCNA and Microsoft classes in the midst of a devastating economic recession. Before then I had worked from age 16 to 19 making minimum wage to support myself and my family.

    Reflecting back on it, I'm glad I found this place. You guys all changed my life.

    Thank you.

    ...

    Now, Let's see what happened.

    Title: Internships (x3 3-month gigs)
    Hour/wk: 20-30
    Description: Large Networking Company that rhymes with "Crisco".
    Company size: >10,000
    Age: 18-19
    Duration: ~2 years
    How: Walked in and asked if I can configure switches, work for free and for credits, netadmin said "sure why not". :D
    Certs: CCENT
    Education: High School
    Pay: $0/hr

    Title: Helpdesk Analyst
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Contract, MSP for Health Care, I reset passwords and configured switch ports / AP's
    Company size: >100
    Age: 19-20
    Duration: 6 months
    How: Applied directly
    Certs: CCENT, CCNA, MCSA, MSCIT: Something Windows
    Education: HS, Associates
    Pay: $13/hr

    Title: Datacenter Analyst
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Contract, Hospital 3rd shift network/wireless/mainframe monkey, NOC guy, "Red Bad Green Good"
    Company size: 500-1000
    Age: 19-20
    Duration: 6 months
    How: Got poached from offsourced help desk, still a contractor icon_sad.gif
    Certs: Same
    Education: Same
    Pay: $19.75/hr

    Title: Network Engineer I
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Contract at a local MSP, national sized SMB network w/ firewalls/routes/switches/mpls/etc
    Company size: 500-1000
    Age: 20-21
    Duration: 1 year
    How: Applied on craigslist, 8pm-6am shift was destroying my life
    Certs: Same
    Education: Same
    Pay: $21.25/hr

    Title: IT Network Engineer
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Contract at a international distribution company on the verge of acquisition
    Company size: 5000+
    Age: 21-22
    Duration: 1 year
    How: Recruiter reached out to me
    Certs: Added CCNP, CCIE R/Sicon_cheers.gif
    Education: Same
    Pay: $39/hr

    Title: Network Smarthands Engineer
    Hour/wk: 50-60
    Description: Contract at a large technology cloud company "Big 4", data center deployment/tshoot
    Company size: 100,000+
    Age: 22-23
    Duration: 6 months
    How: Recruiter reached out to me
    Certs: Added multiple Fortigate certs, CCNA Security, CCNP Security
    Education: Same
    Pay: $45/hr

    Title: Network Development Engineer
    Hour/wk: 50-60
    Description: Contract at a large technology cloud company "Big 4", research and development
    Company size: 100,000+
    Age: 22-23
    Duration: 6 months
    How: Internal Move, new contract / team
    Certs: Same
    Education: Same
    Pay: $49.50/hr

    Title: Network Security Engineer II / III (6-month renewal, promotion)
    Hour/wk: 40-70
    Description: Contract at a large technology cloud company "Big 4", security environments
    Company size: 100,000+
    Age: 23-24
    Duration: 1 year
    How: Recruiter reached out to me
    Certs: Same
    Education: Same
    Pay: $61.50/hr

    Title: Senior Network Security Engineer
    Hour/wk: 40 (Salary)
    Description: Full time (finally, jesus) at Big 4 cloud company. Hyper scale network security architecture / strategic role
    Company size: 100,000+
    Age: 24-26
    Duration: 2 years
    How: After 2 years of contracting, I got picked up for FTE, total of 4 years so far!
    Certs: Same
    Education: Associates Degree, Still.
    Pay: $93.75/hr (year 1)
    Pay: $100.28/hr (year 2, promo)


    Amazing

    Is your current role the $100 a contract 40 hour role or full time permanant

    Because that means your on 200k on a full time role which is amazing

    Also the roles you listed there were they all full time or contracy roles.

    Is the silicon valley booming these days?

    Also is it hard to get hired full time at Microsoft where you work?
    live, learn, grow, fail, rebuild and repeat until your heartbeat stops !
  • dhay13dhay13 Posts: 579Member
    Ok, I will play....

    Title: Internship (summer 2008 )
    Hour/wk: ~35
    Description: Local school district
    Company size: about 200 staff and about 2000 students
    Age: 39 (yeah, got a late start)
    Duration: ~3 months
    How: knew people at the school and asked about doing an internship
    Certs: none
    Education: enrolled in dual A.A.S. programs
    Pay: $0/hr


    Title: IT Support (Feb 2009-March 2011)
    Hour/wk: ~20
    Description: same local school district
    Company size: about 200 staff and about 2000 students
    Age: 40
    Duration: just over 2 years
    How: IT Coordinator called and asked if I would like to come back and help out
    Certs: still none
    Education: A.A.S. Network & PC Specialist, finished A.A.S. Computer Forensics & Security and completed B.S. Information Technology
    Pay: $8.25/hr


    Title: System Administrator (2011-2014)
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Small manufacturing business
    Company size: ~90
    Age: 42
    Duration: 3.5 years
    How: Applied through newspaper ad
    Certs: A+ and Network+
    Education: A.A.S. Network & PC Specialist, A.A.S. Computer Forensics & Security, B.S. Information Technology
    Pay: ~$50000


    Title: System Security Administrator (March 2015-present)
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: FT employee of company that holds contract with federal gov't
    Company size: ~700 on contract
    Age: 46
    Duration: 2 years and counting
    How: Applied to internet job board
    Certs: started with A+ and N+ but added CISSP, Sec+, Solarwinds, Nessus, and Six Sigma
    Education: A.A.S. Network & PC Specialist, A.A.S. Computer Forensics & Security, B.S. Information Technology
    Pay: started at $60,000, currently at $64,000
  • jrisbrookjrisbrook Posts: 37Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    dhay13 wrote: »
    Ok, I will play....

    Title: Internship (summer 2008 )
    Hour/wk: ~35
    Description: Local school district
    Company size: about 200 staff and about 2000 students
    Age: 39 (yeah, got a late start)
    Duration: ~3 months
    How: knew people at the school and asked about doing an internship
    Certs: none
    Education: enrolled in dual A.A.S. programs
    Pay: $0/hr


    Title: IT Support (Feb 2009-March 2011)
    Hour/wk: ~20
    Description: same local school district
    Company size: about 200 staff and about 2000 students
    Age: 40
    Duration: just over 2 years
    How: IT Coordinator called and asked if I would like to come back and help out
    Certs: still none
    Education: A.A.S. Network & PC Specialist, finished A.A.S. Computer Forensics & Security and completed B.S. Information Technology
    Pay: $8.25/hr


    Title: System Administrator (2011-2014)
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Small manufacturing business
    Company size: ~90
    Age: 42
    Duration: 3.5 years
    How: Applied through newspaper ad
    Certs: A+ and Network+
    Education: A.A.S. Network & PC Specialist, A.A.S. Computer Forensics & Security, B.S. Information Technology
    Pay: ~$50000


    Title: System Security Administrator (March 2015-present)
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: FT employee of company that holds contract with federal gov't
    Company size: ~700 on contract
    Age: 46
    Duration: 2 years and counting
    How: Applied to internet job board
    Certs: started with A+ and N+ but added CISSP, Sec+, Solarwinds, Nessus, and Six Sigma
    Education: A.A.S. Network & PC Specialist, A.A.S. Computer Forensics & Security, B.S. Information Technology
    Pay: started at $60,000, currently at $64,000

    After reading this man I admire you so much more. At 30 I've been feeling so late to the game, but have been trying my best to buckle down and stay determined. To read that you wanted it so bad you were willing to work for free at 39 and then 8.25 is really a testimony to who you are as a person. I can't wait for us to get started on the home lab project lol. Talk to you soon
    Currently working on : BS I.T. Security - WGU
    Security+
    CCNA R&S

    Just trying to be better today, than I was yesterday...
  • dhay13dhay13 Posts: 579Member
    jrisbrook wrote: »
    After reading this man I admire you so much more. At 30 I've been feeling so late to the game, but have been trying my best to buckle down and stay determined. To read that you wanted it so bad you were willing to work for free at 39 and then 8.25 is really a testimony to who you are as a person. I can't wait for us to get started on the home lab project lol. Talk to you soon

    Thanks for that. It wasn't my planned tract but I played the hand I was dealt and tried to make the best of it. I was a laborer in a steel mill and suffered an injury in 2002. I limped through until I had surgery in 2003. Went back to work about a month later but wasn't able to do the physical demands of that job so ended up with a medical leave in 2005. I didn't know much about computers but knew that would likely be my easiest path to change careers so started looking at some college programs. Basically I did what I had to do and figured if I was going to do it then I might as well go all in. Besides, I had a lot of catching up to do so I try to learn as much as I can from anywhere I can learn it. I'm 48 now and hoping to move onto my next position soon and get a nice bump in pay. I do work 100% remote so that is a benefit but I am willing to give that up to move to the next level.
  • DatabaseHeadDatabaseHead Posts: 2,329Member ■■■■■■■■□□
    Recently accepted counter offer, received 90,000 with 20% Bonus. Went from senior analyst to manager. End up getting a new manager who is very new to the team, in a few months will give my career path and explain what I am looking for. Will decide if I stay or leave depending on that conversation. That will entail a senior management title, role. That would put me at ~110,000 with a 30% bonus. Interesting piece to this, would be the next level, which would be director. At this point you are getting profit sharing and stock options. If the company has a well performing year, 70% of your income could come from stock and bonus. It is a huge jump that is where my focus is at.

    Most likely senior manager is within in my grasp, since I am doing that role right now. You know how it goes, you don't get paid for the job unless you prove you can do the job.....

    Director would require a move to another team, most likely operations. Not pretty but you know sometimes that happens.....
  • SweenMachineSweenMachine Posts: 288Member
    NT 4.0 Migration
    40hrs weekly contract 3 months
    Age: 20
    Pay: $9 hourly

    Win 2k Migration
    40 hours weekly contract 9 months
    Age: 21
    Pay: $12 hourly

    Unix Level 1 Helpdesk
    Age: 21
    Pay: $15 hourly

    Bank: Business Analyst 1
    Age: 23
    Full time, 2 years
    Pay: $34k-37k when I left

    Payroll company: Technical Analyst
    Age:24
    Full time, 1 year
    Pay: 36k

    Helpdesk Analyst Level 1, then Level 2, then Event Cooridinator
    Age: 26-35
    Full time:
    Pay: 39.5k-44k

    Helpdesk Level 1
    Age: 35
    Full Time, 18 months
    Pay: 44k

    Helpdesk Lead, same company
    Age: 36
    Full time, one year
    Pay: Slightly more, don't want to say as employees who work for me are on this forum.

    Director of support
    Age: 37
    Full time, current role for 2+ years
    Pay: much, much more, don't want to say for the same reason.
  • jstockjstock Posts: 21Member ■□□□□□□□□□
    This will be neat to come back to every now and then...

    Title: IT Intern
    Hour/wk: 40
    Company size: ~100
    Age: 18
    Duration: 3 Months
    How: Networked
    Certs: None
    Education: High School - in college
    Pay: $10/hr

    Title: Network Analyst
    Hour/wk: 40
    Company size: ~100
    Age: 19
    Duration: 6 Months
    How: Networked
    Certs: None
    Education: High School - in college
    Pay: $12/hr

    Title: Asst. System Administrator
    Hour/wk: 40
    Company size: ~30000
    Age: 21
    Duration: 18 Months
    How: Applied
    Certs: None
    Education: High School - in college
    Pay: $15/hr

    Title: Security Analyst
    Hour/wk: 40
    Company size: ~7000
    Age: 24
    Duration: 11 Months
    How: Applied
    Certs: None
    Education: B.S Information Security
    Pay: $25/hr

    Title: Security Engineer
    Hour/wk: 40
    Company size: ~7000
    Age: 24
    Duration: Current
    How: Title Change
    Certs: None
    Education: B.S Information Security
    Pay: $56,000 + Bonus
  • emekemek Posts: 42Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    Wow darkerz way to go! Did you get your CCNP and CCIE in the same year? You must have put in some serious study time. Looks like it paid off.
  • kalimusclekalimuscle Posts: 100Member
    emek wrote: »
    Wow darkerz way to go! Did you get your CCNP and CCIE in the same year? You must have put in some serious study time. Looks like it paid off.

    Its nice darkerz !

    Respect !

    This is what hard work,

    Self belief !

    And following your dreams does !

    Keep it up buddy :)
    live, learn, grow, fail, rebuild and repeat until your heartbeat stops !
  • Luis103Luis103 Posts: 24Member ■□□□□□□□□□
    Title: IT Support Associate
    Hour/wk: 40
    Company size: ~1100
    Age: 21
    Duration: 15 Months
    How: Applied and got job
    Certs: A+, N+ and MCSA Windows 7
    Education: AAS Degree
    Pay: $18/hr

    Title: Systems Support Associate
    Hour/wk: 40
    Company size: ~1100
    Age: 22
    Duration: 2 years
    How: Promotion
    Certs: A+,N+ MCSA 2008/2012/Windows 7, CCNA
    Education: AAS Degree
    Pay: $25/hr

    Title: Systems Engineer II
    Hour/wk: 40
    Company size: ~1100
    Age: 24
    Duration: 3 months
    How: Promotion
    Certs: A+,N+, S+ MCSA 2008/2012/Windows 7, CCNA
    Education: AAS Degree
    Pay: 75,000$

    Title: Systems Administrator II
    Hour/wk: 40
    Company size: ~4200
    Age: 24
    Duration: Current
    How: Called by an Old Manager, Sidebit: I learned always treat everyone with respect, you never know who you can impact and assist you in future.
    Certs: A+,N+, S+ MCSA 2008/2012/Windows 7, CCNA
    Education: AAS Degree
    Pay: 95,000$

    Currently working on getting my VCP6, Project+, jumping into WGU and obtaining my Degree by the end of year. I'm really grateful for 1st company. I got to dip into: Networking, Backups, AD, Exchange, Load Balancers, Monitoring tools and really learned a lot. Now I just want to master something.
  • Dakinggamer87Dakinggamer87 Gaming Tech Expert Silicon Valley, CAPosts: 3,987Member ■■■■■■■■□□
    Great to see all the progress and progression salary wise from the TE crew!! icon_thumright.gif
    *Associate's of Applied Sciences degree in Information Technology-Network Systems Administration
    *Bachelor's of Science: Information Technology - Security, Master's of Science: Information Technology - Management
    Matthew 6:33 - "Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need."
  • emekemek Posts: 42Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    Happy to finally update this! icon_cheers.gif

    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)
    Hours/wk: 40
    Description: End user support, system deployments and imaging, patch management, , casper suite.
    Company size: 10000+
    Age : 28
    Duration: 1 Yr
    How: Referred by old boss
    Certs: A+, S+, Some CCENT
    Education: AA- General Studies, B.S. -Business/Info Systems
    Pay :$55000

    Title: Jr. Network Administrator
    Hours/wk: 40
    Description: Job is 50% Network Administration 50% Systems Administration. Will be working with Cisco and HP switches/routers, firewalls, VMWare, Citrix, SAN, Exchange.
    Company size: 250
    Age : 29
    Duration: Current
    How: Applied online
    Certs: A+, S+, CCNA: RS
    Education: AA- General Studies, B.S. -Business/Info Systems
    Pay :$68000
  • SoCalGuy858SoCalGuy858 Senior Member The TrianglePosts: 119Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    Just accepted a new job offer that gives me a 66% bump in base salary and puts me over the six-figure mark... at the age of 25!

    Title: Computer Support Technician
    Hour/wk: 20
    Description: Computer guy and semi-tech support for local MSP with varied types of clients.
    Company size: 3
    Age: 18-19
    Duration: 10 months
    How: Knew somebody.
    Certs: None
    Education: High School Diploma
    Pay: 13/hr

    Title: Technical Support (officially: Technical Liaison)
    Hour/wk: 20
    Description: JOAT responsible for all end-user PCs, tech support, A/V, physical security systems, and production IT systems (PCs / label printers).
    Company size: ~50 (200+ if you count non-end user production technicians).
    Age: 19-20
    Duration: 1.5 years
    How: This company was a client of my previous company; wanted someone in-house for the non-server, non-networking stuff.
    Certs: None
    Education: High School Diploma
    Pay: Started @ 13.50/hr, ended @ 14.25/hr

    Title: Systems Administrator
    Hour/wk: 40+, including after-hours on-call Monday-Monday once every ~8 weeks.
    Description: JOAT w/ all of the responsibilities of the previous job, now including servers, and multiple engineering applications (SW & HW).
    Company size: ~400 (supported entire enterprise but directly responsible for 100+ / ~25 servers at 3 global sites in my business unit).
    Age: 20-22
    Duration: 2 years
    How: Knew somebody.
    Certs: None when I started. Obtained Associate of (ISC)2 - SSCP (almost done w/ endorsement); A/N/S+, VCA-DCV, and 2 MTAs
    Education: High School Diploma
    Pay: Started @ 21.63/hr FT w/ OT (45k); Ended @ 57k salaried.

    Title: Information Security Analyst
    Hour/wk: 40; no on-call
    Description: Newly established InfoSec department; just me at the Director; building policy framework from the ground up; personally responsible for vulnerability management and the majority of our security awareness program.
    Company Size: ~400
    Age: 22-23 (present)
    Duration: 6 months and going....
    How: Previous boss (Director of IT) moved into Director of Security role and needed help.
    Certs: Same as above. Company paid for SANS SEC-401, about to take the GSEC soon.
    Education: Professional Certificate in Information Systems Management (local univ.); 6 credits away from AAS degree.
    Pay: Started with same 57k as above and will end with a final salary of $65,000
    Bonus: Got the approval to work from home, so I'll be moving across the country to a much lower COL area than I'm in now. Woot!

    Received offer for the following job and going to be figuring out a start date soon:

    Title: Staff Information Assurance Engineer
    Hour/wk: 40 (per discussions with management); not an on-call type thing
    Description: Supporting the overall security architecture of a very large US Gov't entity with national IT functions HQ'd here in Raleigh
    Company Size: ~126,000
    Age: 25
    Duration: Starting in a few weeks!
    How: Applied for ~10 positions on a newly announced federal contract; did one phone panel interview for all jobs, and was selected for one a few weeks later!
    Certs: CISSP, GSEC, SSCP, Network+, A+
    Education: Two professional certificates and ~70 credits into by BSCIA at WGU
    Pay: $108,000
    LinkedIn - Just mention you're from TE!
  • DatabaseHeadDatabaseHead Posts: 2,329Member ■■■■■■■■□□
    Title: Senior Business Intelligence Analyst
    Hour/wk: 40 week
    Description: SQL, Data Warehousing, Data Marts, Statistics, Audits
    Company size: 91,500
    Age: 42
    Duration: 3 months - Current
    How: Corporate recruiter reached to me on LinkedIn.
    Certs: None that I list anymore
    Education: Bachelors
    Pay: 88,000 with a 10% - 20% bonus.
  • TheFifthLetterTheFifthLetter Posts: 2Registered Users ■□□□□□□□□□
    Title: Service Engineer
    Hour/wk: 40
    Company size: ~ 10,000
    Age: 29
    Duration: 2 years
    How: Applied online
    Description: Tier 1 NOC position for an international communications company(Mainly to allow communication between mobile networks to facilitate roaming interworking). I got trained from the ground up to troubleshoot VOIP, GRX and traditional telco SS7 issues.
    Certs: None
    Education: AAS Degree Accounting
    Pay: $52k + Bonus depending on performance.


    Title: Specialist Service Engineer
    Hour/wk: 40
    Company size: ~10,000
    Age: 31
    Duration: 1 year
    How: Promotion
    Description: Responsible for designing and implementing new interconnections with customers. Implemented IPsecs, BGP circuits to facilitate connectivity for SMS, Voice and Data services between mobile operators and companies like Facebook, etc. Pretty much worked from Layer 2-7, got familiar with implementing SS7, DIAMETER, SMPP, M3AU protocols.
    Certs: None
    Pay: $67,000 + Bonus.

    Title: Associate Engineer
    Hour/wk: 40
    Company size: 250k
    Age: 32
    Duration: 1 month into this new gig.
    How: Applied Online
    Description: Tier 2 support in a NOC environment for one of the biggest banks in the world. Will be dealing mainly with the infrastructure they use in the voice and data side.
    Certs: None
    Pay: $90,000 + Bonus.

    Prior to my entry into IT I was stuck in customer service jobs in call centers. I'm still not sure where I'll be in 10 years, it's cool what I've learned so far in my IT career.
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