I have always had a huge passion for IT and do a lot of self learning while working a job in a different field. Towards the end of last year I managed to get an interim role as a system engineer. The aim was to train me to become a system engineer and get a MCSE certification.
The company took on some new projects which required senior System engineers. Because I was still in training to become a System engineer, they have decided not to extend my contract after 3 months. They said the decision was not performance based and that I was very competent in my role. I do understand the position that company was in and I am truly grateful that they have given me this opportunity and experience.
While I was there I worked on System Migration, setup, configuration, maintenance and management of servers and set up physical and virtual servers. I have also gained a MCSA and CCNA certification and I am working towards getting MCSE.
I have experience working with multiple operating system:
Microsoft 2008, 2012 Hyper-V,
Linux disturbution - Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora and OpenSUSE
Now I am facing a challenge. I have applied to many jobs for the past 2months (system admin/ entry engineer roles). Most jobs are advertised through recruitment agencies and all have said that I do not have enough experience for them to put my CV forward to the company.
I am unable to study for 3 year degree due to financial responsibilities, but I am currently working on the Linux certification.
I would like to know if there are any opportunities available? what I should do next? Should I start contacting IT companies? Or look for work experience? I would like to get the MCSE certification but will need certain amounts of hours working on commercial servers.
I will consider moving out of Auckland if I have to.
I sincerely apologise for this long post but I will appreciate any advice you can provide