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    Re: Assistant Network Manager

    Quote Originally Posted by pshuttle
    Hey Grumbledook,

    I just want to stress that my above comments were not meant to offend or attack you personally - in fact I did not realise that the job was at your institution. They are just my own personal view on the wage and duties.

    Pete
    Don't worry ... it wasn't taken personally ... I do think that there are serious issues with the wages for support and admin staff in schools ... but I am also aware of some of the major changes that would be needed to rectify this and some of them are just as unpleasant as the poor wages.

    That is really for another thread though.

    In the meantime all I can do is help those onto the ladder with the energy and will to learn.

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    Re: Assistant Network Manager

    Sounds like the perfect job for someone coming out of Uni who has no experience but does have a technical aptitude. The wage will also not be capped at the same level as a technician (hence the network manager title).

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    Re: Assistant Network Manager

    I recently applied for a similar job in harpenden, hertfordshire which I didnt get. The gentleman who did get had MSCE as well as experience, he was a really nice lad as well. I was really surprised that he took such a lowly paid job. Somehow I think the school will be recruiting again in about 6 months time.

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    Re: Assistant Network Manager

    I know a number of well qualified, very experience SysAdmins who decided at some point in their career to go and work in education.

    They accept that it is a lower wage, more demanding and less chance of users showing the elusive clue ... but they also prefer the better hours, the relaxing times during the school hols when they can get work done, the cameraderie [sp] ... and the chance to actually be helpful.

    Yes, they usually do go back to higher paid jobs, but that tends to be because they want different challenges ... not because of the money.

    In fact there is only one poor soul who has decided to stick at working in a school (well .. a college actually ... and he is an MVP on 2 counts ... and relishes the time to do those extra bits) ...

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    Re: Assistant Network Manager

    Thanks to those that expressed an interest. We interviewed on Friday and have now appointed. The lucky (?) winner will be along in a fortnight to say hello.

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    Re: Assistant Network Manager

    Well done GrumbleDook in filling the post. You seem to be a guy who does have feelins unlike SMT who only look at the post in terms of cost. If it was for a teachers position no matter what the qualifications they would still get more starting salary. I have more professional qualifications than most of the teachers here yet i am not regarded as a professional in my own right just another member of the support staff and don't i know it. Professional jealousy does not enter into it just teaching staff seem to be on higher status band (must be something they teach then at teacher training college, "thou must treat all subordinates with contempt")
    anyway keep the faith

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    Re: Assistant Network Manager

    Quote Originally Posted by bossman
    I have more professional qualifications than most of the teachers here yet i am not regarded as a professional in my own right just another member of the support staff and don't i know it.
    That was definitely the case at my last post but here the same cannot be said - I think we are respected as a department as well as for a our knowledge and education.

    Pete

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