Where to send my resume at this point in my education?
April 9, 2012 6:24 PM Subscribe
I'm in community college for I.T. (associate's degree focused on network/sysadmin work, mostly). I have a valuable, but incomplete set of marketable skills at the moment. I have a good handle on how to market myself, but no clue as to who I should be directing my attention to job-search wise . What businesses would be interested in someone who is still in school, but has proven himself capable at an internship and is willing to work for cheap?
posted by UrbanEye to Work & Money (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Located in Pittsburgh, PA
Currently working full-time as a line cook making $11.25/hr. That is all I require from an IT job at this point (though I'm not planning on volunteering that information in an interview). I would actually be willing to take a slight pay cut and think of the job like a paid internship.
I have an associate's degree in computer aided drafting and I am 75% through an I.T. associate's degree focused on prep for systems and network admin-type work.
I have been working at an unpaid internship for seven months learning an incredible amount working with a small I.T. department at a nonprofit. I have, with almost complete autonomy, designed an automated deployment solution for Windows 7 that they can use in production when they start replacing their 400+ machines.
Food service is getting old and I want to get out of it. I feel I've reached an awkward point in my education and experience where I could be really useful in the right environment, but could be a liability, or at least a pain in the ass, in the wrong one. There are plenty of places willing to pay someone $36 an hour for the right skills, but have no use for someone without those skills, even at $12 an hour. I want to avoid wasting my energy barking up those trees.
At my internship, when I was setting up a test environment for my deployment server and such, I had to order and install extra RAM and SCSI drives for the old server I was using. Nothing difficult, (though formatting the new logical partition using a Linux console was tricky, and new to me). I can handle little stuff like that without needing my hand held.
So, I'm wondering where there is an overworked IT pro who is saying something like "I have so many more important things to worry about than upgrading these old servers and deploying Windows 7. I wish I could get someone to help with that, but I can't afford to pay them $x." (Although "$x" would be nice)