On Tue, Feb 22, 2005 at 03:32:10AM +0000, Andres Jimenez stated:
> I am studing for the LPI's Certifications and I am doing it because I
> haven't work experience in a Linux related job. That's the reason for
> getting certified: I can't get a System Administrator job because I
> have no experience and I if nobody hires me I'll never get
Yeah that one is a sucker aint it :) However a word of my advice which I'm
sure you know how little weight that carries around these parts, certification
is one thing, but experience is much much more. My advise to you and any
aspiring administrators is to get into a company at a lower techical
position, like helpdesk with hands on access/relation with the sys admins
team. Then work hard, pretty much every sys admin I know firstly became an
admin by getting promoted internally. Promoting someone internally has huge
advantages from the companies point of view, not only do they know what type
of worker you are, but hiring someone who allready knows thier network
topology/machine functions/painful users is worth alot more than any cert I've
ever heard of. I'd be looking for a job where you make it clear your doing so
that you have the chance to get promoted internally. This aslo means the
company knows that if they don't promote you at some stage they're likly to
lose you (either to another company or indeed as a sys admin somewhere), and
so will invest time towards you goals (time in terms of letting you play with
thier hardware) and even in terms of certification.
> "Real world experience" is more important than "papers", but when are
> trying to get your first positions you need something in your CV, and
> "paper" is better than nothing.
Without being pesimestic it's extremily difficult to get from someone who has
no experience to someone who now controls your systems.
That's my advice, take it with a pinch of salt, there's a huge shortage of
admins atm you might get in somewhere.
Mark Campbell <mark_campbell at redbrick.dcu.ie>
"Trying is the first step towards Failure"- Homer J. Simpson
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