Dear What Am I Worth,
I’m about to complete a diploma in network engineering which will give me CCNA certification with papers in Windows NT, Unix and PC engineering. I also have an NZQA Level 4 certificate, which included web design training in Dreamweaver, FrontPage and Adobe Photoshop.
However, I have no IT job experience and realise I would be starting from the bottom. I have been self-employed and have run small businesses.
I would like to know how difficult it would be to get a job in network administration, or should I be looking at something different? I am in Auckland, but would be prepared to travel to Australia or the UK.
Elan IT replies: Any qualifications are going to enhance your prospects of finding a position. However, moving into IT in an entry-level role is going to be hard work. You are up against young graduates who are often in a position to take any job at any rate to get experience. Your chances of moving straight into a network admin role are that much slimmer.
Take a role within a technical call centre or, if you can get it, a helpdesk role. Patience is the key. Moving to Australia or the UK may not offer the opportunities that you are hoping for either. The IT industry in both places, although much larger, has undergone the same downturn as in New Zealand.