Originally Posted by TheReciever
What are your guy's experience in landing a position that was willing to show you the ropes? What was your chances for landing a job you didnt exactly meet the requirements for?
Thanks in advance guys!
I convinced a managed services company to start me as a low level PC Tech / Helpdesk Tech with my knowledge of laptops/desktops from this hobby and worked my way up. I didn't meet any of the criteria other than troubleshooting desktop hardware. In the first three weeks of the job I realized I didn't know jack and I thought I was pretty good. Necessity dictated my education after that. God bless Google search. I'm confident I learned more in the first 3 months of working in the real world than I could in years of studying and getting countless certs. Eventually I moved into learning domain/AD stuff, which led to servers, and then to virtualization, and finally networking. Once I showed potential great things opened up for me. As I worked and learned I worked on certs.
I didn't (and still don't) even have a "tech" degree. I have a BS in Business Management Systems. I told them I could troubleshoot hardware and home networking and admitted I didn't know much about servers or anything about active directory and exchange. Because of my honesty they let me skip the AD and Exchange tests they had and stuck me in a room with a sabotaged desktop and gave me an hour to find what was wrong, fix it, and document how I went about troubleshooting it and fixing it, and report back. I walked back in the office after 5 minutes with the working desktop up and on the internet and the explanation of what I did. They told me later that they had several people twice my age with multiple very impressive certs who couldn't figure out how to fix that computer or pass the other tests. They told me what they really wanted was a person who could do what they said they could do and was willing to learn what they didn't know how to do.
The short of it is, almost any clown can sit in a room for weeks on end studying material and get certs but it doesn't mean they can competently apply that knowledge to the real world. You need to be able to demonstrate what you do know, have the honesty to admit what you don't know, and show the willingness to learn what you need to know. You have to be ambitious to be desirable to companies and to succeed. That absolutely means applying for the jobs you don't think you qualify for.