[Klug-general] [NEW MEMBER]Self-intro and question

David Halliday david.halliday at gmail.com
Wed Feb 8 14:49:22 UTC 2012

Welcome to KLUG, with luck we might see you at some of the meetings (I
might not as I now live in London but part of me will always be in the
garden of England).

Chances of landing any job at the moment make it all a hard, uphill
struggle. I presume your aim is cross training into the IT industry?

   - LPI: In all honesty, most people (outside of those found in LUGs) are
   either not aware of the LPIC exams or aren't specificity looking for them
   (or don't care for them) on a CV, they are far more interested in real
   world experience.
   - CCNA: Might well be more valuable but is outside of my personal area
   of expertise/experaince.
   - Database skills: If you want to work as a DBA or sys admin are very
   useful. I have a background in sys admin work but have been a DBA
   (specialising in data warehousing) for some years now. The skills you want
   to work as a sys admin are very different to those that you want to have as
   a DBA/Developer role.

My advice is to teach yourself in spare time (if you are unemployed at
present just go for it for 9-5 when not job hunting) by installing linux,
mysql apache etc... thinking about common business scenarios to try out. If
you can configure a home network from spare hardware (I used to pull
hardware out of the bins at uni back in the day) or using virtual machines.
Make it, break it and then fix it. At least its experience.

If you can stump up the cash for a course, think about the specifics of
what you want to work with or are interested in.

The best thing is if you can find and take a junior role somewhere that
will allow you to pick things up as you go along. Most places value
experience over just the paper (1 year doing a job is worth more than 1
year studying for it).

On 8 February 2012 13:03, George Prowse <george.prowse at gmail.com> wrote:

> On 08/02/2012 12:44, James Earll wrote:
>> Hi all,
> [snip]
>  My question is: if I had LPIC-1, A+, Network+, data-basing skills,
>> with maybe CCNA or something like that, what would the chances of
>> me landing a junior or mid-level sysadmin job in the
>> Canterbury/Ashford/Margate/**Dover area be in 2013?
> Unlikely, because there won't have been a general election by then. Once
> those areas have been regenerated your job will no longer be there because
> it will have been transferred to a far-away country with a dubious human
> rights record where everyone is far more educated and much more willing to
> work than us lazy-arses.
> Or there's always Saga.
> George
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