a brass plaque and employee of the month medal for getting paid to do something.
Between the ages of 11 and 15 I helped out with setting up PA equipment for mass and the lighting at school productions and with staffs that couldn't work projectors and things in lessons.
At the age of 16 I was asked to help out with wiring up all the speaker systems in the new eLearning centre and was then asked to help out with ICT Services department. That department saw a regeim change where I was the only person left in there helping out in my own time and spare periods etc. So both myself and the Head of ICT took on network administration. Network maintenance was outsourced to a company who were in one day a week and a new technician was employed.
I retained network administration activities through VI Form and now two years later I'm going back for my industrial placement year from Uni as "ICT Network Technician."
If I /hadn't/ had the oppertunities I've had to get into networks and the experience I gained, then I wouldn't be doing a Network Engineering degree and going into IT and the Education sector. I think that more students should be encouraged into this kind of role because it helps with giving them some kind of direction for what they want to do with their life as opposed to leaving school and ending up not knowing what they want to do and stacking shelves in sainsburys for the rest of their life (and yes...I do know someone has to do it...i just think it's a shame when people do it because they didn't have the oppertunity to do anything else).
@ JackD......paid..... well you're a lucky kid! I didn't get paid. My contribution was purely voluntary, but as cliche as it sounds, the experience I recieved was payment enough!
Oh christ - just the excuse our place needs
"well, if a kid can run the network, why the hell are we paying you?"
I hate to say it but all these stories sound brilliant, just one question, what the hell are you all doing in schools?! ;-)
slowly rotting away is what i'm doing!
Dunno 'bout anyone else!
Yeah, i dont understand how people could do this job for a 3years+. Surely theres enough jobs for us all to go around? jobs with better pay and where you have a chance of progression and get some respect. meh, just my thoughts, seems like alot of bright careers have got stuck in working in education.
yeah i'm in my 4th year and I can't stand it... but nobody wants me!!
Dunno if i'm applying for the wrong jobs.
I did apply for a worker in a coffee house but they haven't got back to me... am I over qualified?!
Damn people judging me from that piece of paper I printed on nice paper.
Iv just turned 20 and have been doing this for a year now, gets old quick so im off to university :D
Compsci should be much more fun than fixing printers. :-)
yeah... started when I was 18 with a mod app.... almost couldn't get on the NVQ boat because I allready had A-levels... I convinced them though!
I've applied for a technician job in a local company today... just sent off a cover letter and CV. Hopefully I'll get an interview out of it!
I got offered a post at an IT consultancy recently at the same time I was offered a place in a school.
The school network is much more impressive, the pay's better, it's far more interesting work and I enjoy the environment. That's why I'm going back to work in a school :)
After college i applied to alot of schools (holidays do appeal :p) but never got an interview. Then i got lucky and a job came up at my old school (nothin like havin your old form tutor as your referee :))
I just figured it would be good for my C.V when i finish uni, we'll see though as iv learn't school network tech's arn't really valued anywhere...in the world lol.
The main reason I want out of the school thing is because of the kids... I just can't stands em.... even the good ones!
and for a few other reasons which shall remain disclosed... (is that the word?)
well, its the right word if you already told us about :p when did you 'disclose' the info? ;)
Its just the boring tasks for me (printers, whiteboards, dumb teachers) - id prefer a software job really.
^ Undisclosed. And you wont make a very good wife! :p