I've been lurking around for a while and recently applied for a Network manager position. I've just found out that I've got the job so I'm over the moon :D
Thanks to you all for the great advice and tips that I've found scattered throughout the forum - it was a great help while I was preparing for my interviews.
I'm hopefully going to be starting in a couple of weeks, so does anyone have any tips for those first few days? I know the school pretty well (I was a student there!), so I'm hoping it shouldn't be too bad!
Secondly my first tip is to set aside a few days to work through documentation on the school network, which is probably non-existent. If it is non-existent, use those days to have a look through how the whole thing is set up and structured, and take as many notes as you can on it all.
They'll come in invaluable later on.
Congrats John, well done :)
I agree with James there, the best thing initially is to get stuck into the docs and see how the whole process works without you getting involved directly. Watch the people there, talk to them, and be more of an "observer" for a few days, see how it goes.
Congrats once again!
Well Done, where is your new job
Congrats on the new post :)
Are you having a handover period with the existing network manager / technician. If only for a couple of days this will be useful.
Going into a brand new school blind - will mean you have a lot of fire fighting in the first few months especially if you need all passwords / network maps etc.
I went into my school blind with no hand over, took a while to see what was what and where. :)
Well done. Going to be a few years for me but i can't wait until that day.
As with Ian, apart from a 5 minute phone call with the previous guy, I came in blind. I spent the first half term firefighting, looking in cupboards, following network cables and generally learning how everything worked. Only now, two months later, am I starting to plan changes and upgrades.
The best advise I can give is don't be a stranger. These forums hold a wealth of information, knowledge and expertise that make doing this job so much easier.
It's a Secondary School in Bexhill, East Sussex :)
Originally Posted by IanT
I was very lucky - I also got offered the network manager position at another school at virtually the same time. Since I've been looking for 4 months it was quite a shock to finally get offered not one but two jobs!
I've been told that the existing network manager should be around for a few weeks, so hopefully I won't be going in totally blind!
Welcome to your new job, hope you have a wonderful
first day We are so happy to have you join the
team, you are so lucky on your first day
Lucky lucky lucky on your first day :D
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haha, I saw that job advetised on the net a few weeks bk, i was gonna apply but it was too far of a drive for me plus the money isnt paying enough.
May I ask how old you are
Bexhill High by any chance? I thought they had just started building the new BSF school. Make sure you get a permanent contract !
Originally Posted by Soulfish
and Congratulations :) I'm sure we'll work really well together! Welcome to the team.