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    Lightbulb Career opportunities after being a IT Tech?

    Hi all,

    I'm currently working as a Tech in a new-build academy - it's great place to work and I really enjoy doing it (have been for two years). Everything seemed sunny.

    However, someone recently asked me that classic question "Where do you see yourself in five years?" And to be honest, I couldn't answer. I don't plan on being in a school in five years, but then again, I haven't necessarily planned for anything else!

    So... I want to ask the people of edugeek, what sort of career opportunities (outside of education) does being a IT Tech facilitate?

    Do you have any examples of Techs who have gone on to weird and wacky (or relatively normal) things after leaving the school environment?

    Working outside of IT arena entirely?

    Share those pearls of Wisdom

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    Being so rich I can do the "WELCOME TO MY WORLD!" lottery adverts and have a white condo with sexy parties and having a bubble machine that looks like a pipe, wearing a Hugh Hefner gown... not sure what all that says about me O_O but sod it!

    But in reality though, I'd like to get to some form of Senior/Manager level one day. Whether I'd stay in Education is a different matter, I quite like the idea of doing something field based/multiple sites as I love variety. It's a tough question for most of us younger folk though, really - I still can't settle with one car for more than half a year, never mind a job! one of my friendlings ended up becoming a consultant, another became the school's ICT Coordinator. It can vary so much these days

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    I'd ask @GrumbleDook. @elsiegee40 got kicked upstairs too (her words).

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    Can I recommend that anyone thinking about getting booted upstairs takes a serious look at volunteering as a school governor. Staff governor at your own school, parent governor at your kids' school or simply sign up to SGOSS - School Governors One Stop Shop and get your skills matched to a local school that needs governors. The list of skills added to my cv since I became a governor is impressive. The training is available. I have skills, particularly in HR and finance, that I could never have achieved by just working in school IT. I have learned more about the world of management that way than I could have thought possible.

    It does require time, but it is time well spent ensuring that young people in a school all get the chances that they deserve. And the skills I learned gave me the progression I didn't expect, but really enjoy
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    All the tech's I've worked with have also gone down the familiar path and remained in schools:

    Tech to Senior Tech to Middle Manager and either after moving to another school for more money or as part of an internal promotion as the school converts or grows get kicked up stairs to a strategic IT role.

    This is pretty much my plan in the next five years. Either at my current school, or look elsewhere after the new builds have been finished.

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    Some may find that the strategic IT role involves being kicked upstairs to an extent, as with "Director of IT" positions or similar that may sit on SLT. Others find that they subsume the strategic role as part of their normal duties, hopefully finding the time to co-ordinate support, operations and strategy. I suppose they can only hope they will receive appropriate support and understanding from other senior colleagues.

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    I see few options...

    Become a more senior version of yourself, utilising supervisory management. Spending more time on 3rd line issues and strategy.

    Management: Spending all your time on strategy and planning and dealing with Human factors

    Contractor: Swooping down, fixing a specific problem and running away with the cash before another problem rears up.

    Consultant: Telling people what they should be doing and how they should be doing it. Run away with the cash before they actually ask you to implement anything.

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    Thanks for the response guys.What do you think of working for a company like RM? Or other companies that implement and support ICT systems? Am I now the anti-christ?

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    Beware the Prince of Darkness! :P

    RM are in flux at the moment what with selling off their desktop business. Not sure whether that would influence e.g. service engineer positions positively or negatively.

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    I remember an IT head hunter saying decent IT techs/managers from education were prized by industry as they had a great all over viewpoint. Most private company IT bods specialise very early on (network, server, database, storage) whereas education bods deal with everything. So you could head out to Private sector management once you'd got enough time and experience under your belt. Work your way up there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TechMonkey View Post
    I remember an IT head hunter saying decent IT techs/managers from education were prized by industry as they had a great all over viewpoint.
    This is the same as working in any small - medium private business with a small IT team...
    small IT team = do everything!

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    As others have said as an IT tech there is good progression to the Network Manager/IT Manager level, and if you're lucky enough to find an opening to the IT Director level for the larger schools/trusts/academys.

    However once you reach that level there isn't a whole lot more to progress to, and having hit that wall I had to look outside of Education to progress my career. It's something I know a fair few others have had to do as well. One thing to be careful of is that a lot of private companies don't understand how advanced IT within Education now is, and the massive exposure you get to all the technologies they use. Selling yourself is key, and having a well written CV that gets that across

    I jumped from being an IT Director to being a technical project manager within a global company. It's a totally different perspective and while I enjoyed my time in education this is a new challenge . My role is a cross between a subject matter expert and a project manager. I get to keep up my technical skills (although as TechMonkey says I now specialise in Office 365/Exchange/SharePoint/Lync/Identity rather than generalising with all technology) while also developing my project management skills/qualifications.

    The fact that I actually get formal training now and the world wide travel (I actually enjoy travel though, so it may not be a plus for everyone ) are other plus points for me

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soulfish View Post
    As others have said as an IT tech there is good progression to the Network Manager/IT Manager level, and if you're lucky enough to find an opening to the IT Director level for the larger schools/trusts/academys.
    This is pretty much what I'm aiming for. [Eventually ending up in LEA as the head honcho.]

    I've seen/heard far too much with regards for bad practice/policy with IT in schools that I now want to get to a point where I can sort it out... Plus, I should be able to make things fairer for techy types in schools, making sure that they're involved in any IT decisions that happen.

    [I've just had our HT insist they "know about copyright" while asking me to break copyright law, for the 6th time this term.]
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    So far my career has done this:

    Started in IT for 3 months to help doing odd bits in a school while waiting to Join RAF in Aircraft Engineering (Which never happened!) - Stayed there 18 months
    Moved to another school with more responsibility and abilities to expand the system (I rebuilt everything!). Was there for 2 1/2 years
    Moved out into the Private sector working for a Third Party Support provider and I now do the following:
    Work as Third Line escalation on the helpdesk (and 1st/2nd line to cover absences)
    Design, Install and configure everything from large VMware installations to Wide area networks.

    I love it now - I have managed to do a lot of training courses (these tend to come about a lot here when bringing in new partners) - I have completed the VMware VTSP, Nimble NTSP, VMware VSP (Only sales this one!), Open-E OCSE, Meraki CMNA.

    I hope to in a few years be in charge of the Technical side of the company (we are on a major growth spurt currently!) but it was a learning curve leaving EDU.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TechMonkey View Post
    I remember an IT head hunter saying decent IT techs/managers from education were prized by industry as they had a great all over viewpoint.
    Where we might do well is an organisation like a small-ish startup - big enough to now be hiring more staff, and needing a general all-round competant person to handle general IT stuff (and anything else that crops up), much as with a school.

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