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I do IT support for my company as in imaging and seting up workstations, and resolving our incident tickets.

Hard to know what area of IT I want to go into in the future. I will be sure to read this later.
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When I was first getting into the hardware side of PC's I thought it was the most amazing thing that someone could piece together a system, build and maintain it. Now? after college etc it is just well...easy. Don't get me wrong, majority of my clients are not able to do what I can do and that is fine, for me however it has become easy.

You are expected today to maintain multiple skill-sets in an IT position from basic hardware installs and troubleshooting to networking etc hell even typing over 70 WPM is almost a must on a resume'. I honestly hate it, but what can you do?

I just hate it that I suck at Microsoft Excel, I feel like an idiot sometimes messing with it lol.
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So Duckie how is a CpE and Business of Information Technology graduate going to fare out there in the real world.
In NJ... what school?

You should do fine due to the financial firms in the NYC area. If you had graduated last year, I could have gotten you in an interview in Newark.... I'll keep you in mind if something comes up.



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When I was first getting into the hardware side of PC's I thought it was the most amazing thing that someone could piece together a system, build and maintain it. Now? after college etc it is just well...easy. Don't get me wrong, majority of my clients are not able to do what I can do and that is fine, for me however it has become easy.
On the real hardware side of PC, it is amazing how engineers design components for systems still.

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I just hate it that I suck at Microsoft Excel, I feel like an idiot sometimes messing with it lol.
Learn VBA... then automate Excel.
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This rather angers me...I have all the skills that listed as the most important, but since I own a house I am stuck where I am where an IT job is a rather rare thing. Till I gain enough experience to where I can get a company to want me enough to cover the $40,000 loss I would have to take on the house to move...or a company that would pay enough so I could cover it my self.

Moral of the story...don't let your wife talk you into buying a house unless you are dang sure you never want to move.

Funny thing is these are really the same skills that were looked for about 5 years ago.
Wow... I was reading your post and thinking "geee, this sounds a hell of a lot like Minnesota." and then I saw your location. It's baffling to me why all of the tech companies are leaving MN. A few thousand engineers laid off here, another thousand there.. seems to be all I hear about these days. My family ended up relocating to the Washington DC area last year because of it (at a significant loss, like you pointed out).

Economy sucks.
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Wow... I was reading your post and thinking "geee, this sounds a hell of a lot like Minnesota." and then I saw your location. It's baffling to me why all of the tech companies are leaving MN. A few thousand engineers laid off here, another thousand there.. seems to be all I hear about these days. My family ended up relocating to the Washington DC area last year because of it (at a significant loss, like you pointed out).

Economy sucks.
Thats because they're all moving to North Dakota, I was watching "How the State's got their Shapes" the other day and they were showing how North Dakota is becoming like the new Silicon Valley, it's crazy, the cost of living is insanely low, and the tax's for business and stuff are low to, so many firm's/corporations are moving there, and apparently so is the talent. It was quite surprising to say the least.
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I think in the next 5 to 10 years manual labor will surpass the tech industry in demand. It seems as though everyone wants to be a business man or an IT guy and everyone is forgetting that actual physical labor still needs to be done. With the babyboomers of the late 60's set to retire over the next 10 years these holes will open up and a lot of people will be scrambling to fill the void but the only people available will not be willing to get their hands dirty.
Software engineers are constantly working to put themselves out of a job and one day it will happen, hardware is having fewer and fewer breakthroughs and some people working from home by themselves can get more done than an entire firm in terms of innovations and work.

I could be way off but I know where I work we have half a dozen people slated for retirement in the next 6 months and more to follow soon after. Hell more than half of this plant is going on 30+ years of working here and most of the younger people have no clue how to operate the machines or even care to learn.

These days you would be better off learning a trade because the demand for technicians, mechanics, hair dressers and the like are only going to increase with population.
I think you've just been too involved in the tech world to realize that the majority of people have no interest in it. There's an over abundance of manual laborers. Don't confuse some guy who does "computer repair" or "help desk support" with real computer scientists.
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I think you've just been too involved in the tech world to realize that the majority of people have no interest in it. There's an over abundance of manual laborers. Don't confuse some guy who does "computer repair" or "help desk support" with real computer scientists.
Yup, most ITT isn't advanced as far as business goes. There also is a major abundance of hard labor workers (in some countries). Though honestly there is a world-wide abundance, we need more people in the hard sciences/maths to do stuff. I was going into IT but decided elsewhere, still engineering. =) I had to keep it fun right?
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Thats because they're all moving to North Dakota, I was watching "How the State's got their Shapes" the other day and they were showing how North Dakota is becoming like the new Silicon Valley, it's crazy, the cost of living is insanely low, and the tax's for business and stuff are low to, so many firm's/corporations are moving there, and apparently so is the talent. It was quite surprising to say the least.
I'll have to watch that show sometime.
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^This.

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Yeah it seems like they don't understand that computer engineering is focused on embedded systems... There's always going to be work.

Edit: and I'm pretty sure the term Hardware Engineer doesn't refer to mister "I got my A+" putting CD drives in computers.. I imagine it means creating hardware.. i.e. circuits and the embedded systems running on them.
Thats sort of how I interpretted it as well. In which case, yeah, I can say first hand my Engineering skills have only come in handy on occasion in our IT dept. I fixed a couple out-of-warranty Samsung 22" monitors with some new caps, made a neat little SSD external enclosure for PC imaging using Esata, power from USB and a simple voltage divider
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Crap, I'm about to graduate as a Computer Engineer and Physics and planning to do my Master's Degree. I hope it is good enough to get my a decent job..... I never thought Hardware Engineers would fall into the IT cat.
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