[rescue] RE: Unemployment on the Rescue List?
me at dansikorski.com
Sun Sep 28 12:14:52 CDT 2003
On Sun, 2003-09-28 at 11:30, N.Miller wrote:
> So are the two of you "card carrying" Micro$Cert types, or did
> you manage to get your Wintel jobs without?
> (At this point I'd be more than happy with a desktop schlep-
> tech job.)
I got my job originally as an intern-type position. I started in May
2001 and worked through august 2001, then went to school for two
semesters, and came back in June 2002. I've been there since. I had a
friend at a previous intern position who left the previous employer and
got a job at current employer. Current employer was hiring, and my
friend put in a good word for me, and turned in my resume. Had two
interviews and got a phone call with an offer about 30 minutes after the
second (both were on saturdays, as i was going to school at the time.)
At the time i had no certs, and only have one M$ cert now. (Employer
paid for it.) I'm encouraged to go for more, probably MCSE, but i've
been busy enough with work that i haven't really worked that much on
So, to answer your question, no, i had no certs when i started, but,
such is the style of my current employer. Until about a year ago, almost
none of our IT people had certifications. (in fact, we lost our
Microsoft Certified Partner status because we had a MCSE quit (no big
loss), so since then, they've been big on making sure we have enough
certs to go around.) Also consider that i had a friend helping me out,
and i was fresh out of college (without a bachelor's after 4 years, but
once again, none of my coworkers have degrees in anything computer
related.) I consider myself both lucky and unlucky at the same time.
I'm 24 years old, a college drop/fail out, and am making more than a lot
of people who graduated from the same program (of those who actually
HAVE jobs), but, i work nearly 100% with wintel. Blessing and a curse.
And i don't know where my MCP card is right now... I think it's stored
away in a box somewhere...
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