>>26378179 Self employment / Business Owner - online based
Chances are you have a creative hobby, now learn to make a living off of it by marketing it as a product or service. Maybe both if you can.
>never deal with people you don't want to >in charge of your hours and pay >take on people if you want too, pick and choose from the lot >loads of free time >never actually feel like you're working >very good chance you'll become wealthy if you do your research, play your cards right, and play it smart
>>26378590 Same here. Especially when experience is everything to get a decent job. It seems like the military can get you connections and experience related to whatever you want to do. Plus they help pay for college.
>>26379664 Yeah that's because everyone who has less than 3 years experience is a contractor.
Find a contracting firm and work for them on temporary projects, eventually you'll get hired.
The reason for all of this, is in the late 90's early 2000's IT was full of a bunch of scrubs who had certs and no experience.
Literally people with Cisco certs but nothing else and shit like that, they'd get a job, because those certs were hard to get but be completely fucking useless.
Then there was the whole issue with the microsoft brain dumps and shit like that.
Now getting certs that aren't appropriate to your level are seen as a huge red flag.
So if you have no experience, go get an A+ net+ or security+ or whatever, once you have a few years, go get CCNA or MCSA, once you've been in the field for 6-7 years, get MCSE, LPIC III, advanced vmware or cisco certs.
>>26379757 Just like any NYC union job, it's very very hard to get in. They only hire every 10-15 years, so you have to happen to know they're taking applications online. If your lucky enough to catch a posting on the internet (it lasts only a couple of hours since they get literally millions if applications), and your lucky enough to have your resume accepted, you still have to go down town and take a aptitude test and have several interviews. The whole process takes months. You have to have a HS diploma and squeaky clean record and drivers license or else don't even bother.
The only IT experience I have is fixing and building computers for family. Do you think I should put down that experience on my resume? I have my A+ cert but even with that I have trouble getting call backs and in person interviews.
>>26380070 Are you going straight for open positions at a company or going to IT pimps?
I could not get a job with no experience at a place that was doing their own hiring. I had to whore myself out to an IT consulting firm (robert half, milestone, GDH, etc) and they got me placed at some really big tech companies for temporary projects, once I had the experience, the jobs started flowing.
>>26380273 Yeah. Protip to aspiring IT robots: In IT Experience > Certs > degree For hiring managers
However HR looks at: Degree > Certs > Experience
At the bottom of my resume I have 3 lines under Education & Certifications BS, Information Systems MCSE, Server Infrastructure LPIC II
The entire rest of my resume is projects and skills and experience. If you have home labs set up you can put that under skills that you know. You play around with pfsense? Put it on there. You mess around with Linux? Put the distros you are familiar with.
Also if you want to get into the good shit, learn a scripting language like PERL or Ruby (or powershell) and then pick up shit like puppet, ansible, chef, saltstack. Download and use esx so you are familiar with vcenter.
The other important thing for IT interviews is you need to sound like you know what you are talking about. Start watching training courses so you have a familiarity with all the different TLAs that IT has (a lot). Linux academy and pluaralsight are both good paid training websites, or you can try to torrent cbt videos.
thanks, all great advice, I need to get more knowledge, I gotta get the fuck out of help desk asap. I'm honestly incredibly bored at my current job, 40+ calls a day, so also stressful, but it pays decently for what it is, $19/hr
I want an apprenticeship so badly, I just want to learn a trade so I can develop some fucking quantifiable skills and make some male friends.
I applied for this apprenticeship in Radio Broadcast and it sounded so cool, the company was in the process of building from scratch a whole bunch of new studio and sound recording rooms. I was eager as fuck and now I keep ringing the place to get in contact with the Director there to follow up on the job but I keep getting blocked by fucking Stacey receptionists who won't put me through to him; they keep telling me he's away at the moment! Fucking bullshit.
I've got an interview this afternoon for an IT help desk position, the ad made it seem like some pretty basic shit but what is the employer expecting me to know? I'm fairly comp. savvy but don't have any experience in troubleshooting desu...
>>26380660 I interned on an IT team for a summer, the help desk kind of stuff that I was exposed to did some powershell script execution and software permissions type stuff. There were some occasions where they needed to patch up some executive's email box. There were a lot of problems with proprietary software they dealt with as well.
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