IT Geeks, please advise me on my job/career.

Discussion in 'education & employment' started by sim667, Oct 11, 2018.

  1. sim667

    sim667 Licking windows on the 303 bus.

    So short intro, some of you will know I used to be a lecturer and technician in photography/art/media with some IT aspects to my job (supporting macs predominantly).

    But after 3 rounds of redundancy I got an out of the blue job offer from a mate, to go work for him, slightly better money than I'd been making in my previous roles, but it was still a trainee salary. I took it, I'd have enough of education, the college had absolutely shafted my teaching qualification by taking away all my teaching hours, I hadn't had a pay rise in 7 years, and to be frank I was just pissed off with the whole thing.

    So I went into this trainee role, specialising in a couple of IBM products, although my remit has really been administering linux, websphere (middleware), an ECM product, db2 (databases) and some other bits and pieces like open dj..... Now I understand these probably aren't the most in demand types of software, and I'm still certainly not a linux god...... but I've been a trainee and on a trainee salary for nearly 4 years now, and I'm certainly more proficient than a trainee...... I can build environments from scratch ready for work.

    So I'm starting to look around, not desperately, but I'd like to have a better idea of what salary I could be on, and what type of job roles I could be doing, whether working from home is a potential route I could go down (I'd like to do a bit of working from home and working whilst travelling). So has anyone got suggestions of what type of roles I could be looking at for my background and experience level?
  2. MickiQ

    MickiQ Well-Known Member

    If you have Linux skills then Cloud is currently much in demand, Amazon offer a year's free access to their Cloud offering AWS and the chance to learn it (they have loads of downloadable docs)
    EC2 Amazon's own linux is basically Centos with the serial numbers filed off (Centos is free Redhat) so shouldn't be too much of a hill for you to climb.
    When you're applying for new jobs you might need to get 'creative' about how much you used it in your current job or maybe you can use it in your current job, given that Amazon seem to get everywhere.
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  3. sim667

    sim667 Licking windows on the 303 bus.

    I actually already administer cent os 7 boxes day to day.

    I will definitely have a look at the AWS suggestion, thanks very much.
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  4. souljacker

    souljacker A bit of skullduggery

    You could do the AWS training courses that are all free. It's a great environment to learn in because you can lab it up from home for minimum cost.

    Have you got any certs? What are these IBM products you work with? Being an expert on a lesser known bit of a kit can often get you decent contracting gigs.
  5. cybershot

    cybershot Well-Known Member

    You can get really well paid for what you’re doing. The problem is getting in the door somewhere. Especially without certification.

    Try universities. With your background in education (something I had) before going and working at the uni I work at now (I did 10 years corporate in between and don’t get me wrong I enjoyed it but they do work you to death) and it certainly played well in getting me in the door. I have no IT qualifications. I’ve since moved up a grade within 2 years and my current area manager has suggested if I keep taking on more things like I am within his team he’s going to have try and get me re graded again in the coming 12 months. Which would essentially mean since being at the university I’d have gone up 3 grades within 4 years. Although I’m not counting on that of course. The money needs to become available. Most uni’s will have massive it depts and especially due to research that goes on will have fuck loads of virtual infrastructure and data requirements, databases and application devs etc.

    You’d be looking at salary’s between £25k entry for a specialist area and £40k at the top of a scale that would be below management in our place for someone who knows their shit.
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  6. alex_

    alex_ Well-Known Member

    The other thing to do with cloud is figure it out on the free courses and then try to find a way to use it at work - so you get production experience.

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  7. sim667

    sim667 Licking windows on the 303 bus.

    I like the idea of working back at a uni, but it means commuting and really I'm trying to avoid a commute. Ideally I want to be remote working. On the days I remote work in my current job I'm so much more productive than sitting in an office 8 hours a day.

    There are one or two near me though, so I'll see what they've got going on, good heads up. ta.
  8. cybershot

    cybershot Well-Known Member

    You'll probably find you can work from home. My setup allows me to comfortably work in the office or from home with remote access.
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