Help, Advice, Fancy taking somone under your wing?
First of all, allow me apologise if this topic has been posted in the wrong board, I seemed to think this would be the most suitable place for it :P
Right.. now onto introducing myself, my name is Tom Kirby, I am 20 years old, currently working as a workbench technician specialising in building high end servers(we shipped a 24TB server out last week to one of our customers) our company (iBASE) is also the sole provider of custom built systems for a company called “inspired gaming group” these people are responsible for all of the SBG(Server based gaming) systems you see in pubs and clubs, as well as these new streaming jukeboxes you find on the wall down your local.. It is my responsibly to fix them when they go wrong(with over 50,000 systems out there, however good our motherboards are, there still not reaching the title of “indestructible” hehe
I’ve been reading these Forums over the last couple of days and find them a VERY interesting read!
Anyway, enough about me! This topics main aim (as the subject suggests) is to ask for advice in how I would go about gaining employment (or making myself more appearing to employers) within the education sector?
I do regular voluntary work for a small junior school, my duties include basic Desktop support (getting screens to mirror on the laptop and interactive whiteboards..) to hardware repair(what ATM is my speciality due to my current line of work) and I am soon going to expand there wired network(ok ok.. I’m going to install a additional switch and patch in the remaining network sockets the installation engineer kindly didn’t connect.. hehe)
I enjoy working in the school environment, and feel that I am able to offer a vast array of skills, but also (mainly due to my age (still a baby compared to you 40-50 year old techies who have been doing it all your life)) gain additional experience and knowledge..
I take a high interest in software and hardware designed for the education sector. And was just the other day testing out LanSchool on my home mock-up domain.
I am experienced in server 2003(self taught so no qualifications to back it) and have a reasonable knowledge of active directory, and group policies, networking(Networking+ / Self Taught) web Design(dream weaver, Photoshop) , and VERY basic knowledge of Visual Basic coding and PHP coding….
I am A+ qualified, as well as Network+ qualified. And I also possess both:
- 70-271 Supporting Users and Troubleshooting A Microsoft XP Operating System
- 70-272 Supporting Users and Troubleshooting Desktop Applications On A Microsoft Windows XP Operating System
That will go towards my MCSE once I get the money to attend evening college.
I am looking for any pointers of how you gained your jobs, if I should contact schools/colleges. And hopefully, attract some attention from possible employment agencies or techies who wouldn’t mind taking on a junior under there wing…
Hope I haven’t bored you all too much! And really hope you are able to help with advice and guidance in the right direction!:D