I go to work, do my job which involves both technical aspects / manager aspects / dogs body aspects / dealing with children aspects / dealing with parents aspects / dealing with teachers / I make honey / I feed the animals & clean them out - I get paid, I go home - I don't give a monkey's what my job title is - anyone who does in my opinion needs to chill out.
If anyone asks me what I do or what my job title is I inform them - 'Everything & a bit more.......'
I was a technician for 3 years and now been a network manager for 2 half years.
true. but having a different status within an org [note not necessarily different job title] may affect how much of the dogs body stuff you end up having to do.
Originally Posted by mattx
Arrrrr, but here is the special bit - I'm not daft - if it's something that: A: I should not be doing, or B: Don't want to do, then I just say that magic word.............'NO' ;)
Originally Posted by torledo
I would say 1-3 years. You have got to have some sort of idea where you want to be in 5-10 years time and take risks in this. As soon as you stop learning, being challenged, enjoying it or face a road block, its time to move on. You got to think of yourself nowadays, think of your career prospects, which there are none in a school unless you move somewhere else or become a teacher - company loyalty has long gone.
If you any ambition in life realistically you don't want to be seen as or stereotyped of having just sat in a school as a bog standard tech for many years on the same salary, which lets face it, is awful. Most people I have known from interviews, family, friends etc think the school environment isn't a real work place and that image probably won't change unless you can sell yourself well. Unless of course you have some sort of reason to sit in a bog boring i.t. tech position such as family or what have you.
Personally I get itchy feet within a bit of time in jobs but the positives are working in the school are IMO job satisfaction (some times) - I enjoy working in the school environment, it can be nice to work with the students. + The school trips if you can get in with the right teachers ; ) There can also be random stuff to get involved in within the world of I.T. wearing many hats. Its less of death by cubicle in a school as well - now that is a pro! Just have to weigh up the pros and cons.