New Job/Career!!!

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New Job/Career!!!

Postby DMoney » 08/24/15, 10:19 pm

I've got some exciting news! I start a new job in 2 weeks. I'll be staying with the same company, but I'm switching from the retail side of banking and going to IT. I've been preparing for this for quite a while, and I've been wanting it bad, so this is extremely exciting. It also came with a raise significantly greater than I expected. Anyways, just wanted to share this somewhere but I don't share these kinds of things on Facebook.
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Re: New Job/Career!!!

Postby Neo » 08/25/15, 12:39 pm

Congratulations! What will you be doing in the IT world for your bank?
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Re: New Job/Career!!!

Postby DMoney » 08/25/15, 2:25 pm

My title is IT Support Specialist. Pretty much being the help desk for the bank. I know the first thing they want me to do is replace a bunch of computers and set up computers in a new office. Once I get their back log caught up the Network Systems Admin wants to work with me and get me doing some of his stuff.
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Re: New Job/Career!!!

Postby Neo » 08/25/15, 3:56 pm

Oh man, I remember those days. Just be careful they don't get you doing all kinds of stuff above your pay-grade for whatever it is they're paying you. The experience is nice, but when you start doing server administration and network administration...those are far higher paying jobs.
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Re: New Job/Career!!!

Postby DMoney » 08/25/15, 6:02 pm

Hrm, I won't really know at what point I'm doing too much work for my pay grade. I might have to talk to you when I feel like that could be happening. I did get a raise significantly larger than expected, so right now I feel like I wouldn't mind doing extra work for a while.
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Re: New Job/Career!!!

Postby Neo » 08/25/15, 7:21 pm

Well, the best I can do is give an example of what I mean.

One unrelated example was working at Six Flags: no matter how many rides I was trained to operate, I still got paid $6.50/hr...even though I was older than my peers and my bosses. That is taking on unnecessary responsibility without compensation.

The other example (being taken advantage of, and being denied compensation): I worked at a university's IT Department doing User Support, and the main task was fixing computers for professors, faculty and staff and setting up computer labs. That was all well and good, but when I got brought over to the Law School to work in their IT Department at random times, I started getting tasked with solving server and network problems when we'd normally ask the guy labeled "Server Administrator" or "Network Administrator" to solve them. I didn't mind doing it because I wanted to learn how and wanted to showcase my abilities to fix things beyond user's problems. I asked for a promotion to become a server admin and was declined. Not only that, when raises went out (we were paid hourly), my raise was less than half (like $1/hr for them, $0.45/hr for me), when everyone started literally the same day as me (or more recently), and I was the one the others were asking for help to solve their tickets. That is when I realized I was being used for my abilities and underpaid. So I started looking for a new job in the area I wanted to move into since I couldn't get promoted into it.

This isn't to say it'll happen to you - but it's something I am always weary of now, so that I don't set a precedent (in my line of work) that I am willing to give anything to a company without being compensated for it - even though I love what I do. I hope that doesn't sound too negative.
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