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  1. Senior Member
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    #51
    Title: Help Desk Technician
    Description: Small online company, i started on the marketing dpmt but i was staying after hours helping the sys admin with the help desk issues and then with the hosting issues and new requirements(the majority of services were hosted locally).
    Company size: less than 50 persons.
    How: Knew someone.
    Age: 19

    Title: Technical Support Engineer
    Description: First TAC support for HP proliants then TAC Support for HPUX.
    Company size: +5000
    How: Applied online, as i learned a lot of linux in my previous job i was able to pass the tech exam required to get hired.
    Age: 20

    Title: System Administrator
    Description: I was hired to support all the linux systems but then they fired the other sys admin and i had to support also the M$ boxes for the 3 countries, then i implemented asterisk with aheeva so i was in charge of the VoIP infrastructure.
    Company size: +2000
    How: Applied online.
    Age: 21

    Title: IT consultant
    Description: Presales and implementation engineer for a Cisco/M$ partner.
    Company size: 15 employees
    How: A former college professor recommended me, the company wanted to start selling asterisk/aheeva solutions so they were looking for an engineer with experience in VoIP, linux and off course asterisk.
    Age: 23

    Title: Core Enginner
    Description: Implementation and O&M for a managed network of an ISP. Promoted to Team Leader
    Company size: +2000
    How: Applied online.
    Age: 24

    Title: Project Manager
    Description: In charge of the projects,budget and contracts related to telecom of 8 countries, also i became the fulfillment responsible for the related telecom/IT services for the internal clients.
    Age:25

    Title: Solutions Engineer
    Description: Develop/Plan/Design telecom solutions for ISPs, in some cases/technologies i also work in the implementations phase (VoLTE, HD voice, CDN's, FTTx, IPTV, MPLS, Sip Trunking) also i have to define and control implementation budget and timelines.
    How: Former boss wanted me back. Made the right offer.
    Age: 26 (close to 3 years now).
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    #52
    Title - Customer service rep in a local mom and pop computer store.
    Description - sell computer hardware/software upgrades, worked the cash register, then started helping out in the store repair/upgrade dept. first job out of high school, while attending college.
    Company - small
    How - found it by going door to door with my resume , first job. Got my A+ cert here.
    Age - 18
    Pay - 8-9 an hour
    Duration - 1 year

    Title - Tech support for Earthlink ISP
    Description - windows tech support at a local Earthlink ISP call center/help desk.
    Company - large
    How - found through local contracting agency, 3 months later went perm. Quit as the shift was not working out with college schedule.
    Age - 19
    Pay - 9-14 an hour
    Duration - 1 year


    Title - Computer technician for Gateway Computers
    Description - worked as a technician at a couple local Gateway computer stores. Got my MCP here.
    Company - large
    How - saw a listing, applied in person
    Age - 20-23
    Pay - 40k with full benefits.
    Duration - 3 years, left due to company wide store closures.


    Title - IT Analyst for a local County
    Description - Started in internal help desk, then 6 or so months after got promoted into Windows AD/Exchange account admin position, then 6-8 month later moved into project/security related position. Then finally moved into Server/SCCM/Application packaging role and WSUS. Got my Network+ and Security+ certs here. Got laid off when the economy started to tank.
    Company - govt
    How - through a contracting agency contact from previous job.
    Age - 23-28
    Pay - 40-60k with full benefits.
    Duration - 5-6 years.


    Title - IT Analyst for a local Healthcare company
    Description - Got my foot in the door with local help desk working as AD/Exchange account admin and as escalation team for internal help desk. After about 9 months moved into the NOC/TOC area working on Systems side for system/network device monitoring. Setting up BMC monitoring system in QA/Prod env. Got my CCENT here.
    Company - large
    How - through a contracting agency
    Age - 28-30
    Pay - 40-47k with full benefits
    Duration - 3 years


    Title - Escalations Support Engineer
    Description - Escalations engineer for internal help desk teams. Then moved into a project role. Got my CCNA here.
    Company - Fortune 500 networking company.
    How - got contacted by someone working in the company to see if I wanted to join.
    Age - 30 to current
    Pay - 71-80k with full benefits
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    #53
    Title: Helpdesk Technology Assistant at College (part time)
    Hours/wk: 15
    Description: Assist student body with technical issues. Provide central point of contact for IT department.
    Company size: 500+
    Age: 18-20
    Duration: < 3 Years
    How: Word of mouth at my college
    Certs: None
    Education: High School - In College
    Pay : $9/hr


    Title: Classrooms Technology Assistant (part time)
    Hours/wk: 15
    Description: Assist classrooms with tech related issues.
    Company size: 500+
    Age: 19-20
    Duration: < 2 years
    How: Promoted in. Word of mouth.
    Certs: None
    Education: High School - In College
    Pay : $9/hr


    Title: Information Technology Assistant (intern/temp)
    Hours/wk: 30 - 40
    Description: Assist IT department with new campus computer upgrades.
    Company size: 500+
    Age: 20
    Duration: < 3 months
    How: Word of mouth. Recommended by staff.
    Certs: None
    Education: High School - In College
    Pay : $9/hr


    Title: Point of Sale Deployment Technician (contracted)
    Hours/wk: 40
    Description: Responsible for providing tier 2 support and rolling out machines to stores across US.
    Company size: 500+
    Age: 21
    Duration: < 3 Years
    How: Browsing online Craigslist
    Certs: None
    Education: High School - In College
    Pay : $20/hr

    Title: IT Support Specialist (full time)
    Hours/wk: 40
    Description: Responsible for providing support to end users.
    Company size: 500+
    Age: 22
    Duration: Present
    How: Reached out by recruiter by posting resume online at Indeed.com.
    Certs: None
    Education: High School - In College
    Pay : 55k Salary
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    #54
    Title: Help Desk Technician
    Description: Internal desktop support.
    Company size: 1000+
    How: Applied while I was in college
    Age: 21
    Pay : $13/hour to start, $14/hr after 3 months.

    Title: IT Support Specialist
    Description: Internal desktop support and junior sysadmin tasks.
    Company size: 200
    How: Hired after being at my first job for 9 months.
    Age: 22
    Pay : $17/hour

    Title: IT Support Specialist II
    Description: Internal desktop support and junior sysadmin tasks.
    Company size: 300
    How: Applied through CareerBuilder.com
    Age: 22
    Pay : $19/hour

    Title: Network Analyst
    Description: Mid-level SysAdmin
    Company size: 1000-5000
    How: Applied through Monster.com
    Age: 23
    Pay : 56K/year

    Title: IT Consultant
    Description: SMB Consulting
    Company size: 5
    How: Browsing Craigslist after my previous company was purchased.
    Age: 23
    Pay : 55K/year

    Title: NetApp
    Description: Mid-level SysAdmin
    Company size: 10000+
    How: Contacted by a recruiter
    Age: 24
    Pay : $30/hr

    Title: IT/Network Administrator
    Description: Mid-level SysAdmin
    Company size: 200
    How: Applied directly
    Age: 24
    Pay : $50K/year (Moved to another state and all I could find for work)

    Title: Engineering Support Systems Administrator
    Description: Mid-level SysAdmin
    Company size: 10000+
    How: Spoke to my previous manager when I moved back home.
    Age: 25
    Pay : $43/hr

    Title: Systems Administrator III
    Description: Mid-level SysAdmin
    Company size: 5000+
    How: Applied directly.
    Age: 26
    Pay : $85000/year

    Title: Systems Administrator IV (Same company)
    Description: Senior SysAdmin
    Company size: 5000+
    How: Promoted
    Age: 28
    Pay : $91400/year
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  6. Senior Member E Double U's Avatar
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    #55
    Title: Helpdesk Intern
    Hour/wk: 25
    Description: Answered calls and opened tickets
    Age: 18
    Duration: less than 1 year
    How: Godmother's brother pulled me in
    Education: In college
    Pay: I think it was $7/hourly, no benefits


    Title: Contractor
    Hour/wk: 40; during June push I worked 80 hours in a 6 day work week
    Description: Built, delivered, & installed IBM/Lenovo pc's for LA school district
    Age: 23 - 25
    Duration: 2+ years
    How: Mother's boyfriend introduced me to his friend that had his own company; offered me a job working for him
    Certs: Got A/N+, MCDST
    Education: Just finished B.S. in Bus Admin: Info Sys
    Pay: $12/hourly, no benefits


    Title: Contractor
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Dell workstation refresh (backed up data from old machines and transferred to the new; installed software); setup HP printers
    Age: 25
    Duration: 2 -3 months
    How: Guy that I worked with at former employer told me about the position; interviewed w/ boss & team lead
    Pay: $19/hourly, no benefits


    Title: Customer Support Analyst / Team Lead
    Hour/wk: only 40 req'd, but I regularly worked 60
    Description: NOC/global support (called circuits out to telco and a lottttt of other stuff); highlight - went to Mumbai to give training
    Age: 26 - 29
    Duration: 4 years
    How: Recruiter got me the interview w/ shift mgr & team lead
    Certs: CCNA, ITIL
    Pay: $24/hourly with great benefits


    Title: Complex Configuration Engineer
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Migrate customers from old network to new MPLS network; all Cisco routers/switches
    Age: 29 - 31
    Duration: 1 year, 6 months
    How: Applied internally when NOC role was being offshored; interview w/ 2 config managers
    Pay: $57k annually w/ benefits


    Title: Security Systems Specialist
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: SOC (worked on Cisco, Check Point & Bluecoat equipment)
    Age: 31 - 32
    Duration: 8 - 9 months then laid off after position was offshored
    How: Contacted friend in the SOC when the config work was being offshored; interviewed w/ SOC manager & team lead
    Certs: CCSA
    Pay: $58k annually w/ benefits


    Title: Info Sec Analyst
    Hour/wk: only 40 req'd, but I usually put in an extra 90 minutes daily voluntarily
    Description: Cisco ASA, Symantec (DLP, web/email gateway), MDM, NVR/DVR, RSA, bldg access
    Age: 32 - 34 (current)
    Duration: 2 years and counting
    How: Sent an email to HR w/ my resume & cover letter; interviewed w/ CISO, Net Serv VP, Info Sec Analyst, & HR VP
    Certs: CCNA/P Security; working on CISSP now
    Pay: $34/hourly w/ benefits
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    #56
    Title: Help Desk Analyst
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Typical Tier 1 stuff
    Age: 24-25
    Duration: 8 months; then hired as a SysAd
    How: Applied online
    Certs: Net+/Sec+
    Pay: $58k

    Title: Linux System Administrator
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Mixed OS Environment (Red Hat // Windows // OSX)
    Age: 25-31
    Duration: 6 years; then hired as a SysEngineer
    How: Applied online
    Certs: Net+/Sec+/LPIC-1/Linux+
    Pay: $70k

    Title: System Engineer
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Red Hat environment
    Age: 32
    Duration: 1 year (current)
    How: Applied online
    Certs: Net+/Sec+/LPIC-1/Linux+/RHSCA/RHSCA-RHOS/ACE-PANOS
    Pay: $115k
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    #57
    Title: Field Technician/Jr. Sys Admin
    Hr/week: 40+a lot of overtime
    Description: First IT gig. Fast paced learning, put out there in real world environments/high pressure situations quickly. Since we were small I was lead IT person when head consultant was not in attendance
    Age: 22-23
    Duration: 1.5 years
    How: Knew someone
    Certs: MCP, and some Windows 2003 certs on my way to become MCSE
    Pay: Started at 22k, finished at 27k

    Title: Installer/Configuration Tech (seasonal contract)
    Hr/week: 40
    Description: After fallout from first IT job (killed my economy), needed money fast. Found a job for easy contract work working for Dept. of Education
    Age: 23
    Duration: 3.5 months
    How: Applied and interviewed (2x)
    Certs: A+ was a necessity
    Pay: 20k

    Title: Network Technician
    Hour/wk: 40+
    Description: Struggled at finding work for about a year after contract position. Then found this: First MSP job. Loved the company, met some cool people out of this. Was let go because of "restructuring" as they say
    Age: 25
    Duration: 1 year, 8 months
    How: Applied and interviews(3x)
    Certs: Network+, completed MCSE: Security. Started working on Windows 2008 EA
    Pay: 30k+benefits


    Title: Computer Network Engineer (fancy title for Sys. Admin for this company) (contract)
    Hour/wk: 40+overtime
    Description: Another MSP. Day-to-day user support and taking care of their server administration needs for one of their clients. Eventually performed an infrastructure move for them and then was let go
    Age: 25
    Duration: 3 months
    How: Applied and interviewed
    Certs: None
    Pay: 40k

    Title: Network Admin
    Hour/week: 40+lots of overtime
    Description: First job being part of in-house IT staff. Generalist position
    Age: 25-29 (current)
    Duration: 3+ years and counting
    How: Applied and interviewed
    Certs: Windows Server 2008 EA, MCSA: Windows 7, couple of MCTS ones, studying for CCENT
    Pay: a smidge over 50k(+benefits)
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    #58
    Quote Originally Posted by FloOz View Post
    I love these kind of threads Always interesting to see others progression in the IT world.

    Title: Computer Systems Intern
    Description: Senior year of college internship. Worked with Telecom, Desktop, and Network teams. Got a good feel for the industry.
    Company size: 1500+
    How: Knew someone + I worked here during the summers previously as a filer clerk.
    Age: 20
    Pay : $11 an hour

    Title: Desktop Engineer
    Description: Desktop support work with some networking thrown in.
    Company size: 1500+
    How: Same job as where I had my internship
    Age: 21
    Pay : 42k

    Title: Network Engineer
    Description: Changed jobs to get into networking. Worked with Nexus and other Cisco tech.
    Company size: 1500+
    How: monster.com
    Age: 22-23
    Pay : 52k

    Title: Network Administrator
    Description: Changed jobs to work at a company that will look great on my resume and also get amazing experience. Daily work is routing/switching changes.
    Company size: 1500+
    How: Knew someone
    Age: 23-24 (just turned 24)
    Pay : 70k
    Just took a new position to add to the above

    Title: Senior Network Engineer
    Description: Professional Services side of things
    Company size: 1500+
    How: Recruiter
    Age: 25 (just turned)
    Pay : 85k + commission
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    #59
    Quote Originally Posted by aderon View Post
    Title: Network Intern
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Cisco equipment (routers, switches, WAPs) physical installation and configuration
    Company size: <75
    Age: 17
    Duration: 2 weeks
    How: Facilitated through community college
    Certs: None
    Education: Still in high school and college
    Pay: Volunteer


    Title: Technical Support Representative I
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: ISP support for residential and business customers
    Company size: 10,000+
    Age: 22
    Duration: 1 year 1 month
    How: Knew someone
    Certs: None
    Education: A.S. Certificate in Microcomputer Repair/Installer
    Pay: $12.75/hour + commission + pay for performance


    Title: Technical Support Representative II
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Technical lead for enterprise accounting software product
    Company size: 10,000+
    Age: 23
    Duration: 7 months
    How: Knew someone
    Certs: Net+, Sec+
    Education: A.S. Certificate in Microcomputer Repair/Installer
    Pay: $16.25/hour + commission


    Title: Technical Support Engineer I
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Technical support for enterprise storage vendor
    Company size: 10,000+
    Age: 24
    Duration: 9 months
    How: Knew someone
    Certs: A+, Net+, Sec+, MTA: Windows OS, CIW WFA
    Education: A.S. Certificate in Microcomputer Repair/Installer
    Pay: $18.50/hour
    Very excited to add this to the list above:

    Title: NOC Technical Support II
    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: Network and server farm monitoring
    Company size: 200~
    Age: 25
    Duration: (Current employer)
    How: Applied online
    Certs: A+, Net+, Sec+, Lin+, Proj+, LPIC-1, MTA: Windows OS, CIW WFA
    Education: A.S. Certificate in Microcomputer Repair/Installer
    Pay: $43,000/year
    Last edited by aderon; 03-24-2015 at 01:48 PM.
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    #60
    Wow




    Amazing how people succeed in thisi site fast
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  12. Try not. Do, or do not.
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    #61
    Alright, here's mine. I'm leaving off my call center work, because ew.

    Title: Counter Intelligence Agent / Double Agent
    Hour/week: 40
    Description: In-store Geek Squad Tech, then transitioned to In-home
    Age: 24
    Duration: 2.5 years
    How: Applied and interviewed
    Certs: A+
    Education: High School
    Pay: $10/hr - $14/hr + benefits


    Title: Computer/Network Technician
    Hour/week: 40
    Description: Desktop tech for school district
    Age: 27
    Duration: 1 year
    How: Recommended by friend, applied and interviewed
    Certs: A+
    Education: High School, Some College
    Pay: $16.50/hr + some benefits


    Title: Systems Administrator
    Hour/week: 40
    Description: Sysadmin for same school district
    Age: 28
    Duration: 2.5 years
    How: Restructured my position and pay based on duties performed
    Certs: A+ - Net+, Sec+, ACMT during
    Education: High School, Some College
    Pay: $37,000 + some benefits


    Title: Technical/Security Support Analyst
    Hour/week: 40+
    Description: Exchange, AD, Websense admin for local gov't, then transitioned to VMware, storage, security admin (vulnerability assessments, firewalls, pentests, assorted compliance activities, etc.)
    Age: 30
    Duration: 3.5 years
    How: Former boss from school district recruited me
    Certs: A+, Net+, Sec+, ACMT - C|EH, CCNA, CCNA:Sec, VCP5-DCV, NCDA, Project+, Linux+, Mobility+, TCNA during
    Education: High School, Some College - Finished AAS and BS during
    Pay: Start - $52,000; End - $63,000 + benefits


    Title: Sr Information Security Engineer
    Hour/week: 40
    Description: Security guru for state gov't
    Age: 34
    Duration: Current (<1 month so far)
    How: Applied and interviewed
    Certs: A+, Net+, Sec+, C|EH, CCNA, CCNA:Sec, VCP5-DCV, NCDA, Project+, Linux+, Mobility+, TCNA
    Education: BS, working on MS
    Pay: $84,000 + benefits
    Last edited by goatama; 06-24-2015 at 03:31 PM.
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    #62
    Voulenterr Desktop Tech
    Real Estate Company
    Friends Company
    25 or less people
    Age 20
    Pay - 0

    Computer Sales Associate
    Electronics Store
    Applied on Company Website
    1000+
    Age 22
    Pay 10

    Forensic Examiner
    E-Discovery Company
    500+ Employees
    Applied on Company Site
    Age 23
    Pay 40k

    Security Support Engineer
    Software Company
    Employee Referral
    1000+
    Age 26
    55k
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    #63
    Graduated high school in 2010, started first job six months later:

    Title: Computer Support Technician
    Hour/wk: 20
    Description: Computer guy and semi-tech support for local MSP with varied types of clients.
    Company size: 3
    Age: 18-19
    Duration: 10 months
    How: Knew somebody.
    Certs: None
    Education: High School Diploma
    Pay: 13/hr

    Title: Technical Support (officially: Technical Liaison)
    Hour/wk: 20
    Description: JOAT responsible for all end-user PCs, tech support, A/V, physical security systems, and production IT systems (PCs / label printers).
    Company size: ~50 (200+ if you count non-end user production technicians).
    Age: 19-20
    Duration: 1.5 years
    How: This company was a client of my previous company; wanted someone in-house for the non-server, non-networking stuff.
    Certs: None
    Education: High School Diploma
    Pay: Started @ 13.50/hr, ended @ 14.25/hr

    Title: Systems Administrator
    Hour/wk: 40+, including after-hours on-call Monday-Monday once every ~8 weeks.
    Description: JOAT w/ all of the responsibilities of the previous job, now including servers, and multiple engineering applications (SW & HW).
    Company size: ~400 (supported entire enterprise but directly responsible for 100+ / ~25 servers at 3 global sites in my business unit).
    Age: 20-22
    Duration: 2 years
    How: Knew somebody.
    Certs: None when I started. Obtained Associate of (ISC)2 - SSCP (almost done w/ endorsement); A/N/S+, VCA-DCV, and 2 MTAs
    Education: High School Diploma
    Pay: Started @ 21.63/hr FT w/ OT (45k); Ended @ 57k salaried.

    Title: Information Security Analyst
    Hour/wk: 40; no on-call
    Description: Newly established InfoSec department; just me at the Director; building policy framework from the ground up; personally responsible for vulnerability management and the majority of our security awareness program.
    Company Size: ~400
    Age: 22-23 (present)
    Duration: 6 months and going....
    How: Previous boss (Director of IT) moved into Director of Security role and needed help.
    Certs: Same as above. Company paid for SANS SEC-401, about to take the GSEC soon.
    Education: Professional Certificate in Information Systems Management (local univ.); 6 credits away from AAS degree.
    Pay: Started with same 57k as above, just bumped to 60k

    Got the approval to work from home, so I'll be moving across the country to a much lower COL area than I'm in now. Woot!
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    #64
    Title: CSO (Computer Support Officer)
    Hour/wk: 37.5
    Description: 1st line support for government dept (outsourced)
    Company size: 250
    Age: 22
    Duration: 14 months
    How: Advised to submit internal application
    Certs: None, but got A+ while in this position
    Education: GCSEs
    Pay: £13.5k

    Title: Technical Services Engineer
    Hour/wk: 37.5
    Description: Desktop support for law firm
    Company size: 400
    Age: 23
    Duration: 17 months
    How: Internal applicant
    Certs: A+ and got Network+ and MCP while working here
    Education: Same as before
    Pay: £16k

    Title: Data Center Operations Engineer
    Hour/wk: 37.5
    Description: Basic systems and network work including physical installs
    Company size: 500
    Age: 25
    Duration: 8 months
    How: External Applicant
    Certs: A+, Network+ and MCP and achieved MCSA2000 & CCNA while working here
    Education: Same as before
    Pay: £21k

    Title: Microsoft Systems Engineer
    Hour/wk: 37.5
    Description: Designing,implementing and managing Microsoft hosting solutions
    Company size: 500
    Age: 25
    Duration: 3 years and 7 months
    How: Advised to submit internal application
    Certs: A+, Network+ and MCP, MCSA2000 and CCNA and achieved MCSE2000, MCSA 2003, MCSE2003 Sec and Msg, MCITP 2008 and VCP3&4 while working here
    Education: Same as before
    Pay: £25k start finished on 30k

    Title: Senior Systems and Security Engineer
    Hour/wk: 37.5
    Description: Building department strategy, driving innovation and technical PoC
    Company size: 600
    Age: 29
    Duration: 2 years and 8 months
    How: External Applicant
    Certs: see previous and achieved MCSA 2012, VCP5, JNCIA, CCNA Security, SSCP and CEH
    Pay: £36k start finished on 41k

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    Hour/wk: 40
    Description: CSO implementing security from ground up, overseeing all compliance and security management
    Company size: 1000
    Age: 32
    Duration: 1 year and 9 months
    How: External Applicant
    Certs: see previous and achieved CISSP
    Pay: £45k

    Title: Security Consultant
    Hour/wk: 37.5 according to contract
    Description: Acting as CSO for multiple organisations and providing technical security consultancy, PCI & ISO 27001 compliance and implementation and management of InfoSec Management Systems. Also heavily involved in shaping of business growth areas.
    Company size: <10 but growing
    Age: 33
    Duration: 9 months (so far)
    How: Knew someone
    Certs: see previous and achieved CISA (passed exam) (so far)
    Pay: £50k (so far)

    Current role has massive scope for advancement so hoping in next 24 months that salary will have grown by 50% at least and I'm head of a function
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    Hour/wk: 40 (overtime every now and then)
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    Duration: 6 months
    How: Applied Online
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    Education: Working towards Bachelors
    Pay: $12.50 per hour

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    How: Promotion (same company)
    Certs: A+, Network+
    Education: Working towards Bachelors
    Pay: $35k

    Title: Network Engineer II
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    Quote Originally Posted by paul78 View Post
    Ok - just to rock the boat a little.

    Education: some college
    Certs: None until recently

    Title: Software Programmer
    Description: Software programmer developing graphics libraries under a grant
    Company size: Private university
    How: Knew someone
    Age: 20
    Pay : $16/hr

    Title: Technical Sales Support
    Description: Provided pre-sales support and technical assistance in software sales
    Company size: <100
    How: Want-ads in newspaper (this is pre-Internet folks)
    Age: 21
    Pay : $20K

    Title: Systems Programmer
    Description: Wrote OS utilities and ported software for supercomputer used in academic research
    Company size: Private university
    How: Knew someone
    Age: 23
    Pay : $32K

    Title: Software Engineer
    Description: Wrote Windows software for financial services industry
    Company size: 1000+
    How: Knew someone
    Age: 24
    Pay : $42K

    Title: Manager, Software Engineering
    Description: Management of QA and Development teams developing financial services applications
    Company size: 1000+
    How: Knew someone
    Age: 25
    Pay : $62K

    Title: Principal Software Engineer
    Description: Software architect for brokerage
    Company size: 15000+
    How: Knew someone
    Age: 29
    Pay : $110K

    Title: Director, Software Engineering
    Description: Start of internet boom - joined a small startup developing brokerage solutions
    Company size: < 10
    How: Knew someone
    Age: 31
    Pay : $110K

    Title: Technology Consultant
    Description: Internet implosion - went into private consulting
    Company size: just me
    How: Knew someone
    Age: 35
    Pay : $90/hr - $110/hr

    Title: VP, Operations
    Description: Yet another startup in financial services.
    Company size: <10
    How: Knew someone
    Age: 39
    Pay : $140K

    Title: VP, Operations
    Description: Had success with startup and sold it
    Company size: 5000+
    How: Knew someone
    Age: 41
    Pay : average annual $160K (variable compensation)

    Title: VP, Technology
    Description: Sold again and was offered another position in acquiring company
    Company size: 20000+
    How: Knew someone
    Age: 43
    Pay : average annual $240K (variable compensation)

    Title: VP, Technology
    Description: Took different role in company
    Company size: 20000+
    How: Knew someone
    Age: 45
    Pay : annual $360K (variable compensation - last year)
    I guess it pays to know someone!


    I started out at 25k as basically a junior Network Administrator 6 years ago. Just accepted a position for low 60s base (low 70s including bonus incentive) as a Security Analyst. I'm 28 years old.

    Some of you young whipper snappers make me feel like I'm failing at life.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aspiringsoul View Post
    I guess it pays to know someone!


    I started out at 25k as basically a junior Network Administrator 6 years ago. Just accepted a position for low 60s base (low 70s including bonus incentive) as a Security Analyst. I'm 28 years old.

    Some of you young whipper snappers make me feel like I'm failing at life.
    Seriously... my lowly 50k job looks depressing after reading these. Does help my wife pulls in 6 figures though, got me a sugar momma. We are both 30. (she would be so pissed if I ever said that around her lol).

    It is nice to see a lot of determined individuals out there though. Just shows what a few years of hard work can do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NetworkNewb View Post
    Seriously... my lowly 50k job looks depressing after reading these. Does help my wife pulls in 6 figures though, got me a sugar momma. We are both 30. (she would be so pissed if I ever said that around her lol).

    It is nice to see a lot of determined individuals out there though. Just shows what a few years of hard work can do.
    How long have you been doing this and what is the cost of living for where you're at? Obviously those are factors and no reason to be sad.
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    Title: Signal Support
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    Duration: 4 years
    How: Recruiter
    Certs: None
    Education: High school
    Pay: 43.5k

    Title: Network Analyst
    Age: 22
    Duration: May 2015-Current
    How: Applied Online
    Certs: CCNA R&S, Security+, Network+,A+
    Education: Some college (still going while working)
    Pay: 55k
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    Quote Originally Posted by markulous View Post
    How long have you been doing this and what is the cost of living for where you're at? Obviously those are factors and no reason to be sad.
    I've been in IT for about 4-5 years. Yea I live in a suburb of Minneapolis, about 20 minutes outside of the city. Cost of living is pretty cheap. I'm actually living pretty comfortably in a pretty nice house. Just bought a brand new SUV last year... We try to make it down to Mexico once a year... I'm not too sad :P (again that probably has a little to do with my better half doing so well though)
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    Quote Originally Posted by NetworkNewb View Post
    I've been in IT for about 4-5 years. Yea I live in a suburb of Minneapolis, about 20 minutes outside of the city. Cost of living is pretty cheap. I'm actually living pretty comfortably in a pretty nice house. Just bought a brand new SUV last year... We try to make it down to Mexico once a year... I'm not too sad :P (again that probably has a little to do with my better half doing so well though)
    Sounds like you're doing pretty well for yourself.
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    Pretty cool thread, it's good to see a lot of the members doing well.

    I like Paul's progression the best though.
    Last edited by N2IT; 06-25-2015 at 03:24 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NetworkNewb View Post
    I've been in IT for about 4-5 years. Yea I live in a suburb of Minneapolis, about 20 minutes outside of the city. Cost of living is pretty cheap. I'm actually living pretty comfortably in a pretty nice house. Just bought a brand new SUV last year... We try to make it down to Mexico once a year... I'm not too sad :P (again that probably has a little to do with my better half doing so well though)
    Hey, I'm in the suburbs of St Paul, same age, looking for user groups anywhere in the twin cities. Preferably related to networking/Cisco but open to other vendors or tech areas. Do you know about any user groups or the like?
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    Don't really know of any networking groups, but there is a couple security groups I know of. One I plan on joining is http://mn.issa.org/silverstripe/mnissa/home/

    They hold bi-monthly meetings and form CISSP study groups once in awhile where they have current CISSP holders come and discuss topics.
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    Cert: A+, VMware DCA
    Education: Bachelors
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