Dear What am I Worth?
I have spent 13 years as a telecommunications technician, and 18 years part time fixing computers in my private workshop in Auckland. Of the 13 years in the telecomms industry, I spent seven years in a specialised helpdesk environment. Therefore, I would rather avoid being chained to a desk and telephone again.
I much prefer the "hands-on" environment. I already have NZCE (electronics and computing)and technician qualifications. This year, I decided to get MCSE, MCP+I and A+ certification, which I achieved in 2.5 months. However, I have no "recognised" commercial experience in these areas. How do I get experience? What sort of job am I likely to be offered?
IT @ Manpower replies: Making a late entrance into the IT industry is always a leap of faith (in yourself). You must talk to as many IT people as possible in the geographical area you're aiming for, because you're most likely to find an opportunity through your own efforts, not someone else's. Let people know what you want, believe in yourself, and persevere. If it's hands-on computer engineering you want, a workshop or field engineer's role in a small (or large) vendor company will help develop your CV and your skills. Rollout contracts can be a place to start if you can afford to give up your job and make yourself immediately available. If you have references from people whose computer you've fixed, that's great. Of course you might have to reduce your salary expectations to do all this - but that's the leap of faith you take. Be prepared to start at less than $40,000 depending on the size and resources of the company that hires you.