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What are you working towards? Need advice? Share your study resources! Pastebin in the works for FAQ

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If you've got a tech career:

>Job Title
>Years of Experience
>Degrees/Certs
>How did you find/get job
>Pay

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I'm just starting out so I'm going to try and get an A+ soon.
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>>51422527
>Network dude
>7 years
>CCNA R&S, CCNA Datacenter, CCDA, CEH, S+, AWS Certified Solutions Architect.
> Started at college as a volunteer
> 90k
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Recently got my A+. Currently working at Staples as an Easy Tech. Have an interview tomorrow with a military contractor.
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JNCIA vs CCENT?
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>>51423683
How in depth is A+? I'm getting the impression that is very basic "how to apply thermal paste" type stuff.
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>>51425586
It's basic but it's also full of completely useless shit you'll never use
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>>51425586
Did you know that you can daisy chain 63 firewire devices off of one port?

How about 127 usb devices?

No? Well, they'll ask you that shit.
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>>51425705
lol what is this actual point of knowing that?
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>>51425738
There is none, but you have to be tested over something.

My book is rife with typos and stupid incorrect shit like "AMD processors run cooler than Intels".
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>Job Title
Support Specialist at a business solutions place
>Years of Experience
1
>Degrees/Certs
CCENT, supposed to get my CCNA this or next month but I'm so fucking lazy I just come home and play vidya for 5 hours
>How did you find/get job
sent out my resume to like 30 places, about 4 responded and I got an interview at 2
>Pay
40k
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>>51423665
>Sysadmin
>3 years
>LPI1, LPI2
>Friend
>80K
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>>51425820
sorry, wrong quote
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>Job Title
IS Help Desk Analyst
>Years of Experience
2
>Degrees/Certs
B.S in IT/none
>How did you find/get job
Applied had previous service desk experience from previous (formerly current) job
>Pay
$19/hr no contract bullshit direct hire, in the Midwest btw
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>>51425820

How hard was the lp1 thinking of doing it. Any good books learning material?
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>>51425788
What's your day look like?

Are there any positions that don't have me talking to fucking outside customers?? I don't mind working with internal employees, but I'd hate taking calls having to ask people to restart their fucking computer.
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>>51427635
there's some on the wiki.
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Should I pursue a Pharm.D? I can take the PCAT this summer and I think my grades and shit are OK enough to get accepted.
Is being a Pharmacist a decent career? I really hate my school and I'll get to skip senior year if I do it because you don't need a bachelors.
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>>51427589
Get some certs, you're in a good position right now but you could do so much better.
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thinking of getting an a+ cert as my first cert
need advice doe
what are good learning material for it
also what jobs can the a+ get you?
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>>51429842
THIS

I am going to go for my A+. I tried a few years ago and failed the test by 10 points and was pretty bummed out about it. I am looking on going towards community college for the classes towards it as I discovered that learning at self-pace is not my thing. I get distracted..hence me...on /g/
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>>51429732
You'll be a much less competitive candidate for Pharm school if you don't have a biology/chemistry degree. Also they generally want experience working as a pharm tech.
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>>51429842

As far as I know (haven't taken it yet) A+ is basically a sign of your competence and computer literacy. It should definitely be the first cert you get though, because it lays the foundation for the others.
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>>51429884
I'm currently on track for a bio degree, which is utterly fucking useless by the way.
All of the pharmacy schools I've looked at don't care about previous work experience and don't consider it.
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How hard is it to get a help desk job? I graduated back in May with an MIS degree and recently had a phone interview. They told me they'd get back to me on Monday, but didn't and I fear the worst.
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>>51429984
That's the first I ever heard of them not caring. I was pre-pharm and got accepted but switched. I needed experience and letters of recommendation to be considered along with at least a 3.25gpa. Its a good career but its not like it was. My friends that got accepted have retail jobs and they've been cutting back new hires on pay. I also didn't want $100k of debt
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>>51430084
But the debt can get payed off at your leisure.
And I'm willing to work one of those night shifts, so I don't think finding a job would be too hard. Definitely better than someone with a degree in bio,chem or shit like IT.
What school did you get into?
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>>51429842
http://www.amazon.com/CompTIA-Certification-Edition-220-801-220-802/dp/007179512X

A friend recommended this to me back in March/April. Worked well for him.
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>>51429825

True I'm just lazy
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>System Engineer
>2 years
>BA in Comp Sci
>Applied to a company I heard good things about
>60k

Bout ready to fucking quit though. I'm stuck doing QA work because manglement can't be bothered to staff positions. 80 hour weeks on salary is no fun.

Midwest btw
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>>51430188
>manglement can't be bothered to staff positions
meaning you have no chance at promotion?

Your salary is decent, so unless you have something better in the bag, stay.
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>>51430231

I scored really high in my reviews, but I've been pigeon holed into supporting a very large, specific, aging software environment. Not a single enhancement request that we've submitted to the devs has gotten done.

The 80 hour weeks are spent copy-pasting from a report into a google doc. I'm not learning anything, and have no time to improve upon the process.

Other engineers in our org get to manage Hadoop, Storm, and other big name products that are used elsewhere. I get a 20 year old solution that can't go away and can't be improved.
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>>51430145
University of Texas - Austin. The last thing I'll mention, not to dissuade you, is the requirements are just that.. They may be low but there aren't generally 1000+ students applying for maybe 150-250 slots. I believe the average PCAT score at Austin was around 75percentile for composite. These programs are highly competitive. If your GPA is under 3.5 then you'll need a reason why and that's why experience with a Pharmacy is key during the Interview. I had a 3.7 for my Chemistry degree with a PCAT composite of 88. I still was rejected from some schools.
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>>51430401
I should hopefully be around a 3.4 because of fucking orgo.
I test pretty well though, and I'll be studying all through winter break and next semester. So I'm expecting a to be in the 90th percentile for the PCAT hopefully. I'm gonna have 3 semesters of bio tutoring, and I'll try to get someone to sign off on a few hundred hours of pharmacy volunteering or whatever.
I live in NYC, so I have about 9 schools I can apply too, with Boston and Albany seeming like they're pretty easy to get into.
Pls tell me I have some hope. Pls
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>>51430477
Of course man. You can do whatever you want. Rape that PCAT (85+ composite) and 3.4 will work fine. Get 3 letters - 1 from a Pharmacist and 2 from Academics. If you do all that and interview well then you shouldn't have an issue. Goodluck anon, I'm rooting for you.
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>>51430509
Oh I forgot to mention. I have 3 letters so far, one from a dentist (I'm predental but fuck all that schooling), one from an English professor that liked me, and a third from my intro biology professor. Can I just use the two I got from school, or do I need to go out and beg an Indian Pharmacist to sign a bs letter that I wrote myself?
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>>51430562
Yep. You're set bruh.
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>>51430567
Thanks bro. All I want frkm life is a decent job isn't isn't too involved and pays enough to support my weeb and technology hobbies. I figure pharmacy fits that more than dentistry.
Was the debt the only factor that made you turn down Pharm school?
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>>51430329
so you get to do nothing and get paid?

That's the American Dream.

Enjoy it while it lasts.
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>>51422527

>Job Title
Systems Engineer
>Years of Experience
1.5
>Degrees/Certs
B.A. Psych / CCNP R&S / Working on CCIE
>How did you find/get job
College career fair / Networked with the right people
>Pay
110k
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>Job Title
Information Systems and Technical Support
>Years of Experience
Eight years of all my free time going into assembling desktops, fucking around with all operating systems, writing bash & python code and random jobs on the internet involving bitcoin
>Degrees/Certs
Absolutely nothing whatsoever. I dropped out of highschool at 15, am 23 now.
>How did you find/get job
Craigslist, and for a random unrelated position. After having been with the company for almost one year, the previous IT person walked out on the job and I stepped in to take up her role.
>Pay
$32,500 in an area with a low cost of living, next raise is in February. Studying up for specific software vendor related certifications now.
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>>51422527
>Information Assurance Technician
>1 Year
>Security+ working on CISSP
>55K
Prior: Break fix 6 Years 41K
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>>51430824
>random jobs on the internet involving bitcoin
Can you tell me more about this?
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Senior in high school here. Have my A+ but no job. 2 years experience interning at help desk type jobs. Working on getting my CCNA soon.
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>>51430608
No, I just really wasn't interested in it. I wanted to go into IT that was the main factor.
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>>51425778

Are they wrong?
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>>51431056

Same, HS working in tech support. Feels good getting work experience early, I have a job tomorrow fixing a lady's computer who has a funeral on Saturday and lost her job, and I had to tell her how much I was gonna have to charge her for repairs.

>feels bad but im getting paid
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>every job listing requires 3 years experience or more
whattafug
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I'm 3 years out of my MS in comp sci

Making 70k as a consultant at a software company

No certifications that I've had to pay for exams

Am I doing ok?
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>>51430231
>Your salary is decent,

60k for working 80 hour weeks is shit mate.

That's the equivalent of making 30k with normal hours.
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>>51431063
I see.
Do you feel like you made a good decision?
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>network guy
>0
>no certs. Studying ccent on my own
>job listing
>24k

I just started. Pray me well /g/uys
>tfw cant even into natting
Learning along the way. I see my job as a crash course towards my CCNA. Big company with desperate need of manpower. The moment i mentioned im studying my ccent and have my own ubongo home server they hired me
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how are people making so much money?

i've been eating shit for 4 years and i'm still at 41k
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>>51431378
You cant stay at the same place for more than 3 years
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>>51431257
better than me
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Wtf guys, is this 1990? A+ is a waste of time especially given today's online education opportunities.

You can get from 0 to BS and then MS in CS degree all online from Georgia tech (#7 US wide) with Udacity for like $7k. But these days depending on what you want to do even CS is overkill. Just get a few Micro-degrees from udacity or coursera specializations and start networking (meetups, clubs, online competitions, etc)

> software dev
> 5 years exp
> BS in CS from shit tier school
> Applied to bunch of open positions in local area, interviewed at some and got an offer that i liked.
> 100k
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>>51431378
Changing jobs or getting promoted are the times were you have those most negotiating power. Also, how big is the area that you're in?
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VFX for some popular movies
10 years experience
self taught
networking
120k
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>>51422527

>helpdesk admin
>2 yrs
>sec+, a+
>US army
>21k

Looking to get net+ next then get CASP or CCNA R&S.
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>Job Title
Development Operations Engineer
>Years of Experience
5
>Degrees/Certs
None
>How did you find/get job
Friends
>Pay
100k
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>>51431300
Of course, I don't have any regrets personally. I have family that are MDs and PharmD, so naturally that's what they pushed me towards, but I realized I didn't give two shits about it.
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unemployed.
5yrs exp.
A+/CCNA
none.
none.

Can one of you kind /g/ents look over my resume and tell me what I'm missing? I'v literally applied to every IT job within a hour drive from my house with not a single email back. Are there any other good places to look for a job other then Texas WFC/ Craigslist?

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8TIyigVR977b0I4dU9kNmZZX0U/view?usp=sharing
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>>51433384
Your formatting sucks. Period. Either align left or center all the way. And don't manually align (like seriously wtf bro)
Also, wtf is 'Conclusion'? Change that to 'Strengths' and change that chunk of junk to point form. Add in Weaknesses to point out SOME (LIKE 2) VERY VERY COMMON SILLY THING YOU'RE NOT GOOD AT.
Like my weakness i wrote that I can be disorganized when i have alot of tasks, and that i cannot work under pressure well. Should probably also write in your strengths that you are constantly trying to overcome your weaknesses and better yourself.
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>>51433760
what kind of retard writes his weaknesses in a resume?

my fucking sides
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>>51434431
You obviously dont work in management to know they dont even read beyond your past experiences and education qualification. As long as it's 2 pages long. The extras are only reviewed when you are up for review. Nothing wrong with puttingba mediocre and generic weakness like >>51433760 said. Shows you admit it. Of course, only if you can pull it off.
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>>51425705
so you pick the most useful bits of the trivia. Well played anon.

I would have went into all the northbridge/southbridge shit.
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>>51430329
I am sorry anon. I keep my high wage job as well. The only thing that gets me through it getting more certs and actually doing something when the economy decides to move.
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