Bored administrator

While working full-time I study part-time at the AUT doing a Bachelor of Business. I have completed my first IT paper on e-business and the network infrastructure and will major in IT and International Business.

Dear Adviser,

I am 27 years old and am in the banking industry. I hold an administration position. My previous experience includes my OE in two merchant banks and, before that, working for another bank in a branch network.

While working full-time I study part-time at the AUT doing a Bachelor of Business. I have completed my first IT paper on e-business and the network infrastructure and will major in IT and International Business.

Can you suggest any administration IT roles in Auckland?

Bored Administrator

Dear Bored Administrator,

Oh dear, you do seem to be in a rut.

From the little information you have given me about your background and education, you do seem to have been given general advice about getting into a high-flying career (CIO/CTO eventually? why not, organisations are increasingly relying on people with both IT and Business qualifications, as IT becomes an ever more important part of company strategy).

You have taken steps to get on, which I applaud, but at the moment, you are only a couple of rungs up the ladder, and you don't see how to get to your destination, so I would describe you as ambitious but de-motivated.

In order to feel that any role you perform has purpose, you need to get a clear understanding of all the intermediate roles you will need to have passed through before being ready for your ultimate job.

Working out an exact career path isn't helped by the fact that in IT we don't have a clearly defined progression, as one might in law or accounting, for example.

The best way to decide a path for yourself is to make a firm decision about what your ultimate job is, and find out from people who are in this type of role now how they got there.

This could mean asking people in your own organisation or elsewhere (the fact that you are asking is often viewed positively by management, and indeed you may attract some career progression attention in your own organisation anyway).

Find out what roles they have had, and how long they were in them for. It does take some bravado to contact people you don't know, but when they understand what you are doing, they will be surprisingly helpful.

It wouldn't be appropriate for me to suggest an exact direction without knowing the destination (and there isn't room here to list all the possibilities), but I'm sure that once you have a collection of others' experiences, you will have a very clear picture of what will suit you, and where you need to go next.

Good luck!

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