Dear What Am I Worth,
I have been working as a computer support technician for the past seven months, a job that was offered to me straight after I finished my bursary exams.
The general job description is to solve any PC problems and to provide user support to 200 users, 30 printers and 10 servers running Linux or Solaris in the South Island. I am familiar with Linux and wide area networking but am yet to have any experience with Win2K Server.
In my time here I have mainly focused on developing PHP/CGI and MySQL projects for use on the company intranet with a few Perl server scripts. I work for a large civil engineering/roading firm and my office is in Christchurch. I am intending to sit my Microsoft engineer’s certificate early next year and will look around for another job on completion.
Elan IT replies: The role you describe above would carry a salary of between $35,000 and $38,000 in today’s market. You were extremely fortunate to have a job offer immediately after your bursary exams, particularly one offering the variety you mention.
You have neglected to mention the reason you wish to leave your position. People leave jobs for the same reasons they stay, and it doesn’t always have to do with salary. The other benefits derived from the work environment may be training, locality and fulfilment, career prospects. If you find the salary is not meeting your expectations, but you enjoy the job, you may want to consider talking to your employer about career prospects or training.