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#193462 11-Mar-2016 20:39
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Evening Ladies and Gents

Im currently studying L6 in Network Engineering in Auckland (Full time)

Looking to volunteer for some practical experience , as we dont get a lot of that in our institution, and a fair bit of knowledge we are learning now will quickly go away without putting it to practice. 

Any advice would be great

Thanks in advance
Fang :)

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  #1511730 12-Mar-2016 08:23
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Go and knock on some doors of local IT companies.  Dress like for an interview and take copies of your CV.

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  #1525800 4-Apr-2016 15:05
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Good choice of careers.

While you're waiting, getting very familiar with a variety of O/S, and even storage technologies, is good.

Word of warning: never hand anyone your passport. Bring a copy to your interview, and the original. But never let your passport leave the meeting room.

Like any tradesman, such plumber / electrician, it's going to be tough to find someone willing to give you a break.

Trust me: sending old "cold" CV's is useless. If a company isn't advertising, your CV will be put into a database, which almost never gets used.

What does work is apply for advertised positions. Most importantly make it clear you're desperate, willing to go anywhere it's advertised on just a few day's notice, for any amount of money.

You're first job will likely be a "churn and burn" organization. These only pay a little, pressure you to work for long hours, with the expectations that in 6 months to a year you'll quit, and get your first "real" job.

Once you get 3 years experience, you'll find it a lot easier.

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