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# 136235 20-Nov-2013 07:32
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Hi all, yes this is another IT career question thread...

I started out doing tertiary study in IT several years ago ('08), however, I ended up making quite a hash of things and eventually exited with the Level 5 Diploma in IT. Needless to say, I'm not all that proud of that time.

I eventually managed to get a job in civil engineering, doing (mostly) draughting (CAD) work (self taught too). I have been there coming up two years now, and I am reaching the stage where I would need to do further studies in engineering to advance myself.

So I have lately been having a good long hard think about what I should do next. I have come to the conclusion that I really miss working with computers/networking equipment etc, and so I want to try and get into IT again if at all possible.

My question is then, would I have any chance of getting employed in the IT sector with the qualifications I have currently? I am willing (in fact eager) to learn and do further training.

Or would I have better luck going back to tech and completing levels 6 & 7 studies?

My interests lie primarily in sysadmin and/or networking. I am not much of a programmer, although I can do basic scripting type work.

Thank you,

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  # 937749 20-Nov-2013 10:19
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You're probably going to have to go down before you go up, most likely to a helpdesk type roll.


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  # 937780 20-Nov-2013 10:36
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My question is then, would I have any chance of getting employed in the IT sector with the qualifications I have currently? I am willing (in fact eager) to learn and do further training.

In short - yes, you will find something, although, getting your foot in the door is the hardest part (trust me, I know). I have found that experience is extremely valuable in the IT sector. So like "lxsw20" said, start at a Service Desk role, and move your way up. Even with a higher qualification you are still going to find it tough to go straight into a good high payed job for you first move into IT.

But that's just my opinion :-)

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