The Buzzword regurgitater.
This one has an opinion on everything. He'll stand over you whilst you fix something and help you out by asking you if its every single component in the darn machine, but only with 1990's ict knowledge. They will ask you why you are bother using MDT and SCCM when you could use this fantastic thing called SMS they have read about. They greet every development with... is it web 2.0 , does it have an app, can I access it on my iphone from my car up a hill. If you ask them to fix any problem they will turn up with every piece of equipment they care to show off before they even look at the problem ( you'll be lucky if they've even bothered to read the original email). Any problem can be solved with updates and of course the first random google result is the one that the end user needs to follow to end their woes. They will be a god on child protection and internet safety but only after the event.
A bullpooping liability with the patter of a salesman and the knowledge of a GCSE IT book from the 1990's. And an Iphone.
And another type which started to become very common in the early 2000s.
Their career in IT started when they paid £3000 to do a full blown MSCE advertised in the local paper. The advert promised them £30,000 a year once qualified. However, they soon got bored with it all. All these odd and funny terms. 'Delegation of control Wizard' 'Reverse lookup zones' 'layer two tunneling protocol' and some totally hideous sounding command lines. All those tedious labs, "hey, wheres the action? I thought IT was fun?" They lose interest but hear of these 'brain dumps' which if studied hard will get you through the exams. The lure of that £30k starting salary kicks in again. Off they go, get through the exams due to a mix of of what they learned in class and braindumping. Awarded an MSCE which must mean they are an IT Professional.
And so they land their first job as a network engineer. This lasts about a month as despite their best efforts, they fall at every first hurdle. In fact, they struggled to even diagnose a faulty patch cable. So off they go, convinced it was just a bad experience, exaggerate on their CV and manage to get another job with a smaller IT company. Again, out after a month having totally screwed up a server and lost data. And so it carries on. Eventually end up buying a server off ebay, setting up a couple of client PC's and go back to their study material to replicate some true to life environments. Including building a server from scratch, setting up DHCP and applying group policies. As they've become handy with a screwdriver and now have some basic OS skills get a £15k job with PC repair shop which has a few base techies and field engineers. Know all attitude puts them at odds with technicians which have nothing on paper but know their stuff. Soon gets a dose of reality, knows that £30k job is still miles away and becomes a bit more humble about it all. Gets some experience with networks shadowing another engineer and is soon capable of providing basic administration of a small network. Two years pass and and he's now getting a bit more confident with network administration and is now charged with looking after a 50 user site with a senior engineer to help him out if things get a bit hairy. 3 years pass and he's now a popular and respected IT support worker. Fancies a change. Applies and gets a £35k job in Central London working for a multinational company. Fits in fine once he learns the territory. Just realises his MSCE has expired but couldn't care less as he's now got a proven track record.
All we need now is David Attenborough to narrate this.
@superatticman, that's actually quite an encouraging story considering there are so many who don't get that eventual break, I think. +1 to David Attenborough narrating it, or possibly Morgan Freeman.
Here's another type:
The Responsibility Sponge
With technical ability ranging from weak to exceptional, this denizen of disused prep rooms and staff-room-annex server rooms sees their responsibilities creep up with each passing year as another device with a plug on it is added to their silo. E-safety is piled on top of them as well, and their conscience won't allow them to flatly refuse when others are claiming they have no time for it. Having wanted to specialise (and having a skillset that is really intended for that), they instead find themselves lumbered with everything under the sun. The stress piles up until at some point they leave or have a heart attack. Despite all of this they actually quite enjoy a lot of their job while it lasts, sometimes too eager to say no because of this. Often this creature will progress towards the infamous BOFH type in later life, having not been born evil but had all the enthusiasm beaten out of them.
True, although you do get those in all professions.
I know what you are getting at though. Those genuine enthusiasts who put in all kinds of extra hours because its some kind of busman's holiday should not expect others to do so. The admin staff, builders etc certainly won't stay late for no reward so that should apply to IT too!
Not moving on to any more exciting role, nor giving it up to become a Botanist. Going to see through our back-end replacement/virtualisation/migration to 2012 and accompanying Office and Exchange versions, then take early retirement, if the redundancy doesn't get me first. Which I hope it does, as I then qualify for full pension and get to bow out early.
Apart from the back-end replacement, which has to happen whatever, we're drinking in the proverbial Last Chance Saloon here, with August 23rd possibly becoming Year Zero.
Hope that's not too cryptic for anyone, and if it is, ask someone who's good at crosswords what I mean by it all.
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