Saturday, October 5, 2013

A New Job!

Well, after two months of applying, and applying, and applying and applying for an IT position since I graduated from college, I finally got one!

It was a very stressful and disappointing two months I must say. I must have applied to at least one hundred and ninety companies within that time. I tracked all of the applications, but lost track of a few along the way as I was not at home when I applied for some of them. All in all, I got only four interviews with three companies. One of them offered me the junior IT position that I applied for as seen in their ad. I am now a "Junior IT Technician". The job functions entail all the material from all the courses that I studied and all the real-world skills I learned during my internship and part-time position(s) at the college.

I should be happy, and I am, but am currently still too stressed to be able to feel the relief yet. I'm still in the process of finalizing the contract and going through the hiring process. Once that is done and I actually start work, within the next week and a half, I should be more relaxed. For now, I need to review a number of my courses to bring myself back up to speed with my new job functions. Time to hit the books and "simulators" once again!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Diploma in Network Systems Technology with Honours


Along with my final marks came my diploma. Yet again a very swift issuance of the documents after the finish of classes by the college. I'm very happy with the "Honours" designation as I worked very hard for it. My entire year was spent with my head buried in my books, labs, tests and such.

But the studies are not over yet. While I am still unemployed I need to continue to study in order to pass all the industry specific certification exams to get all my professional designations in order to become more employable. I obtained my first certification, the CompTIA A+, a few weeks ago already but I now need the other ones, too; most specifically the ones by Microsoft and Cisco.

It's going to be another long uphill battle!

Final Marks


I recently got my final marks in as well. I was surprised at how fast the college got everything together so soon after the finish of classes.

Yes, classes are over now and so is my internship. My temporary part-time job ended as well. That was just last week, though. Now comes the difficult search for a full-time IT position. So far I have already submitted over two dozen job applications with no success yet.

Will keep at it in the next few days, weeks, months and hopefully not years! The money has run out and I need that job soon. Like, real soon!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

CompTIA A+ Certification


I got my first industry specific certification a couple of weeks ago. I was just too busy with my part-time temporary IT Support position to even remember to update my blog about it. Well, now that my position has ended, for now, I can do just that.

I was very excited when I got this. I didn't think I would be, but I was wrong. It took two exams to do it (the requirement is two exams) and I spaced the exams a week apart to do it just to give me some time to do some more studying in between.

I'm hoping this certification will make me more marketable and I think it will. But from my initial look into the job market right now, it seems to be a very dry area presently; there's not much entry level IT work out there.

In any case, I will persevere and with some luck and persistence, I should get myself a permanent full-time IT position eventually.

Wish me luck!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Interim Marks & The End!


In three days time, I will have been in school for one full year. On that day, I will write my final exam and then I am finished! Done! The end! I graduate with honors (I think)!

It's been a long year, but it did not feel that way. The time passed very quickly. It only seemed like yesterday that I just started the course and now it is over. I have learned a lot  in class and gained a lot of experience during my four month long internship. The funny thing is that the computer troubleshooting feels just the same as it always did with the only exception being that I now have more tools at my disposal to solve the problems.

All in all I think it has been a very productive year and also an enjoyable year. I actually enjoyed my time as a full-time student this time around. Well, I enjoyed my time as a full-time student when I went to university the first time around, too. It's just that I'm older this time but the enjoyment of the experience was still there.

Now comes the hard part; to get industry specific certifications and to find a job, and not necessarily in the order either. I am now broke and in need of a job. Things will become very bad by September if I do not find one. But, in the mean time, I am getting ready for my first certification exam in a few weeks time. The studies are not over. Only the formal classes. And the studies will not be over until I get the certifications I need in order to become marketable.

For now, I can take a short breather and catch up on my sleep. I am amazed at how well I have survived the days this year with so little sleep. I'm tired!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

More Interim Marks + An Internship


I received my latest marks early this week. I'm very happy with them as I had worked very hard to achieve them. Congrats to me! WooHoo!

Time is now flying by very quickly in this course. It only seemed like yesterday when I first started down this new path in life and it is now nearing its' completion. There are less than four months of school left. Unlike a lot of the other students in the class, I have enjoyed every moment of my time there. This is understandable as I have a lifetime of life experience behind me already and can look at things with different (read: "old") eyes. I feel young again, just like I did when I was in my early twenties and attending university. But with a more realistic outlook on future prospects and goals.

I also recently started my internship a few months earlier than anticipated simply due to the training required for a new part-time job that had come my way. The job is only one to three days a month and will certainly not pay many bills, but it helps. The internship, on the other hand, is a few days a week and occurs after class is over. It makes my day very long and I'm exhausted by the end of it, but I'm learning some new things and get to see Network Administration in real life versus just reading about the things that need to be done in a book. I'm enjoying it and feel more useful and productive with my time.

To be honest, most of what I do I already know from previous life experience with computers and troubleshooting. Only a small fraction of the work involves what I learned in the course so far even though it is totally relevant to the course materials. I'm sure new things will come up quickly as there are going to be upgrades to the network very soon that I will be involved with first hand. I should learn new things at that time.

All in all, things are going fairly well in my life, if a bit exhausting. I hope to be able to translate my current successes into a real job upon graduation.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Interim Marks


It's been a while since I last updated my blog and that's simply because I've been too busy, or too tired to do anything about it. If I'm not studying, I'm resting. Or, more appropriately, recovering!

I just finished the winter break a week ago and just had a final-exam today on one of my courses. I studied almost three weeks straight because of this. Unfortunately, it did not go as well as I had hoped. But, in retrospect, it did turn out better than how badly I normally do on the "trial" exams that I practice with on a semi-regular basis. I will try and not let it bother me. I feel better already!

One thing that did make me very happy was in receiving my first semester marks last week. I don't think they will remain as good as time goes on because the material becomes more difficult as I progress. Today's exam being a perfect example of that. But I am giving it the best I can given my current station in life. Although, one of the things that I had great difficulty with before ("Subnetting". Yeah, I know. Huh?) is now a breeze. I can now tackle this stuff forwards, backwards, sideways and upside-down! Albeit I'm not too swift at it yet but at least I can now do it. Small victories! Yay!

Anyways, like I already mentioned, not much is happening here other than studying and recovering. That's been my life for the past six months, more or less. Although, all-in-all, I am enjoying the course very much. It's been a long time since I've been a full-time student and, this time around, it has been an enjoyable half year so far. My biggest advantage in all of this is that I have a lifetime if "real-life" experience behind me already in "life". I look at some of the much younger students and can only shake my head at seeing some of the attitudes displayed by those with very little life experience in this world. They won't make it very far if they don't change their outlook on life. But who am I to tell people about the real world. Let them discover it on their own!

Life is a journey, not a destination.