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    Keep an eye out for me?

    Hi All,

    I think it best to pretty much re-introduce myself, Iv been a member here for a while, but not been active much recently.(although i did still do the silent reading!)

    I'm Tom, 24, Working in IT for the past 4-5 years, living in Hitchin Hertfordshire,

    little bit of career background:

    started as a hardware engineer fixing the PC's that run the gaming machines in pubs(if one ate your money, don't blame me! )
    then moved into the IT department for an electronics sales company(i miss managing just 1 network/system!) but lost my job due to redundancy
    due to a "not to bad" redundancy pay out, i used my time(2-3 months) off as paternity for the birth of my son(now 9 months old bless him )
    after money started getting short i managed to secure myself a temp position on the IT helpdesk for the NHS Trust(the people who provide the IT for doctor surgery's)
    and in April this year, moved into a little(4 people) IT support outsourcing company 15 mins walk from home where we provide IT for small business's..

    but at the beginning of all of that, i did some voluntary IT work at a school my mum used to work at, and i cant seem to drop the dream/desire to work in education IT again... As i mentioned i miss managing 1 network, we currently provide support for 30-40 customers, and i never get time to sit down in between the support calls and actually do maintenance/improvements/research into expansion...

    recently iv decided that i want to make a VERY active push into a securing a position in education IT(that i believe my heart lies in) and was hoping you guys could help me with a couple of things?

    1)some advice on the best places to look for jobs in education IT, and any tips for research into technology in schools what would be useful me knowing for interviews?
    2)as mentioned, I'm from Hertfordshire, so anyone in the local area, would be good to make contact with!

    but most of all, if anyone hears anything in my area coming available, think about me and let me know?

    I'm deep within the IT industry at the moment, with qualifications in MSDST, A+ and networking + and experience in server 2003/2008,exchange/windows XP/7, hyper V + VMWare... i think i would make a good addition to an IT team.

    Many thanks for reading! i hope you can help me fulfill my dream!(sounds so cheesy! )

    Tom!

    PS, updating my CV at present(will be done this week) and am happy to provide it for anyone who needs/wants/wants a nose! :P

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    Hi Tom,

    I recommend that you subscribe to the 'Educational IT Jobs' Forum on here which will send you emails if a new thread is created so that you get alerted to any new jobs that crop up on here.

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    1) Have a look at this thread which was recently created which will give you some tips in regards to applying for jobs, and the CV Guru's are on there also.. Witch/Elsiegee40

    General Advice for Job Applicants

    2) Register your CV once it has been updated on recruitment websites such as HAYS Recruitment they specialise in Edu Jobs also. Education jobs UK | Hays - Recruiting experts worldwide

    As i mentioned i miss managing 1 network, we currently provide support for 30-40 customers, and i never get time to sit down in between the support calls and actually do maintenance/improvements/research into expansion...
    I would also take note that in many jobs this can be the case, and IT in Education is no different you shall find that you may also be in the same situation you may have one network to look after but the support aspect of things you could also find yourself running about all day long without having the chance to sit down. (okay, not always as likley compared to a company that supports 30-40 customers or more. but you get what i mean).

    Apart from that, Good Luck!

    James.

    P.S. Highly recommend you subscribe to the jobs thread on here. (see image attached)

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    Quote Originally Posted by EduTech View Post
    2) Register your CV once it has been updated on recruitment websites such as HAYS Recruitment they specialise in Edu Jobs also. Education jobs UK | Hays - Recruiting experts worldwide
    How did I not know about this place?? *scrambles away to get CV uploaded*

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    Quote Originally Posted by EduTech View Post
    Hi Tom,

    I recommend that you subscribe to the 'Educational IT Jobs' Forum on here which will send you emails if a new thread is created so that you get alerted to any new jobs that crop up on here.

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    Subscribed, Thanks, didn't know i could do that!


    Quote Originally Posted by EduTech View Post
    1) Have a look at this thread which was recently created which will give you some tips in regards to applying for jobs, and the CV Guru's are on there also.. Witch/Elsiegee40

    General Advice for Job Applicants
    Subscribed lol, very interesting post!



    Quote Originally Posted by EduTech View Post
    2) Register your CV once it has been updated on recruitment websites such as HAYS Recruitment they specialise in Edu Jobs also. Education jobs UK | Hays - Recruiting experts worldwide
    Thanks for the heads up, i will make sure i do that


    Quote Originally Posted by EduTech View Post
    I would also take note that in many jobs this can be the case, and IT in Education is no different you shall find that you may also be in the same situation you may have one network to look after but the support aspect of things you could also find yourself running about all day long without having the chance to sit down. (okay, not always as likley compared to a company that supports 30-40 customers or more. but you get what i mean).
    Think i sent across the wrong impression... in my last job(the IT support for sales company one) i knew the system inside out, i knew that if the application server starts before the SQL server, it threw a hissy fit because it couldn't find the DB on start up(i didn't code the application! lol) over the 2 years i was there, i installed, managed and "grew one" with the network. and that improved my ability to support it, if i installed a switch a week ago and john smith was having network problems all week, that's the first thing i thought of! But with 30-40 customers, you just cant get to know the network as well as i can with working on one sole system..

    additionally, allot of our work is remote support, and although agreed i can provide a decent level of support, its not the same as "running about all day long without having the chance to sit down"(infact, i currently do the opposite, where im sat down too much! lol)


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    Apart from that, Good Luck!

    James.
    Thanks James

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    You seem a happy chap, that will change when you work in education

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    Good advice from @EduTech , except @witch is the true professor of cvs... I'm happy to help, but will always defer to her on this one

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    Quote Originally Posted by mthomas08 View Post
    You seem a happy chap, that will change when you work in education
    ahhh, i dunno, it cant be that bad can it?? :P

    I hear alot of you guys get roped into the sound and lighting for stuff like Xmas performances? iv got a bit of experience in that also! lol(did some amateur theater tech work for a while)

    the whole idea of an IT job in a school is very exciting, i just hope something becomes available and im the right kind of candidate.

    PS.. iv also passed about 4-5 different CRB checks, one for the NHS most recently.

    Tom.

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    Honestly its a great starter place, you will be expected (in my experience and what I have talked to other people about) to know it all. In the eyes of a staff member everything is complicated but it takes us 5 seconds to resolve by pressing a button.

    There are a lot of posts on edugeek about people not really happy in education, people getting in to Unions just for precautions. And frankly you have to watch your back and make sure you go above the call of your job otherwise they could nit pick at you. Luckily I have a good job, with good people and our Head adores us and protects us from staff who complain.

    If I had the chance I would stick to the private sector but I am hoping to stick around for a year or two more at least before my next choice occurs. Might be a good idea for you to do some browsing in the general/red door posts because there are a lot of complaints about staff in education and working conditions.

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