System integration/Support/Network admin

I am 30-years-old and have been working in the IT industry for approx 10 years. I have had experience in just about every area of IT. I have two years' programming experience in VB6 and have been working with VB.Net since beta 2.

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I am 30-years-old and have been working in the IT industry for approx 10 years. I have had experience in just about every area of IT. I have two years' programming experience in VB6 and have been working with VB.Net since beta 2. Most applications have been desktop-based with a SQL back end.

Predominantly I have been working system integration/support/network administration. I have two years' experience in network administration supporting a 175 user base on a Win2K/Win98 network. I have had major involvment in SQL 2K and SQL 7 development and reporting projects, and have provided system support (helpdesk) to a user base of over 200. I have provided system integration services for nearly two years for small and medium-sized businesses, everything from complete site solutions (Win2K Server, Exchange 2K, SQL 2K, ArcServe, Terminal Services) to server upgrades and expansions.

I have been a system technician for the remainder of the time. Mostly repairing, replacing and installing hardware as required, troubleshooting and resolving software issues.

I have very little problem fitting into whatever role I am placed in. I have no formal qualifications. I am currently earning $45,000.

Wide knowledge

Elan IT replies: Your current salary of $45,000 is about current market value for this position.

If you were to gain some qualifications, perhaps MCSE or a Cisco certificate, this could raise the salary significantly, perhaps as high as $60,000. As with anything there is a cost attached to studying. I would suggest you talk to your current employer about the possibility of taking some courses. Your employer will gain a more valuable employee if you pass your papers and, therefore, they may be open to assisting you with the cost or with time off for study. It’s always worth a try since both you and your employer will benefit. Employers are beginning to realise the cost of staff churn and some are more prepared to offer incentives to keep good staff.

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