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General Chat Thread, Career Progression in General; Originally Posted by Domino True. But the tech/NM/ SMT structure is the way a lot of schools have it. Certainly ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Domino View Post
    True.

    But the tech/NM/SMT structure is the way a lot of schools have it.

    Certainly to have any kind of progression in my previous role I would have had to wait for someone to kick the bucket.
    Yes but the OP asked what jobs people moved into after working in schools. I was pointing out that gaining a grounding in a range of technologies (as you do in a school) then opens up many possibilites both inside education (FE/HE) and outside in the wider world.

    I seem to be in an endless cycle of training junior techs who then promptly upsticks and go to the local uni for double the money (not that I blame or begrudge them that)

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    I spent several years in education as both technician and Network Manager before taking a year out after being redundant. I have now come back to IT but in the private sector working for a small IT firm doing everything from selling and fitting Graphics Cards through virus removal right upto Network and Server rollouts. For the knowledge and skills I picked up in education have stood me in good stead for what I do now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by listerdl View Post
    Hi John, i know you posted ages ago, but can I ask what qualification you obtained to get your foot in the door? Thanks..
    Buckets of experience and good A Level Results did me

    Oh and to update the thread, I'm now near enough at the top of the tree, I'm a Network Manager now and have a team of staff as well.

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    I went college got my a-levels, worked part-time during that as a ict techie at a school, then went onto a IT outsourced company then bk to education sector as a IT Network Manager at the age of 23 so must be doing something good!

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    I have been in education IT for 2 and a half years.

    Got here through loads of experience, first job was probably the worst of them all but taught me all I needed, its not going to be fixed unless you sort it so research how to solve it!

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    Failed A-Level, got a B-TEC in Computer Studies, 3rd Class Degree in Applied Computing and a home study diploma in PC-Repair. After 5 years in IT retail I spent 3 years as a Tech/senior Tech before becoming a NM. Oh and I got a VCP along the way!

    Only now I'm I even bothering to look into MSCE's and the like.

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    I worked as a IT Tech for 3 years on very low wages, left the school to work for a company who supplied the school with some web based software. I was happy at the school but it just didnt pay well enough....

    Based on the fact I dont have any A'levels or a degree or any kind of certification just my GCSE's to fall back on I earn 3 times what I was earning in the school.

    I now train, support, consult with schools who buy our products all over the country.....very happy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by john View Post
    Oh and to update the thread, I'm now near enough at the top of the tree, I'm a Network Manager now and have a team of staff as well.
    Well done chap!

    Network manager on the SMT? That's almost as rediculous as suggesting your finance manager be on SMT oh wait... some are

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    I would think companies like RM/outsourcing would be the next step for those looking to stay in 'education'. Following on from that? 2nd line/ field engineers/ I.T. engineers etc.

    Bumped up with a few certs, your sweet.

    But I stand by my original opinion, progression in schools is very non existant/rigid. It is litterally, someone leaves and you take place (just an assumption).

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    Before I become a Network Manager I worked for a IT outsourcing company.......lots of fun, differnt faces and places each day

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