Becoming a Network and Computer System Administrator

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In today’s ever changing market, the Information Technology professional remains in high demand. In practically every career field, businesses are moving toward a paperless system which will require the use of computers, data storage and servers. With this said, the IT professional will need to be familiar with not just the IT portion of their job, but the ins and outs of the professions they work for. From the medical to the musical career, an IT professional can assist in the day to day working of the company to which they are employed.

In this report, we will review my future career of a network and computer system administrator. We will look into how the career is chosen, what its take to become an IT professional, and what the position entails to the business they work with.


1.Early years
I have always been interested in the working of computers since they were mainstreamed into our school system in the early 1990’s. At first, it was the programs and learning to do so many things with the computers. We were able to create active puzzles and mazes in our physics class. It always amazed me this little box could do so many things. I always found it exciting trying new programs on this machine and learning while I was at it. From middle school to high school, we quickly transitioned from a huge floppy disc to a 3.5” floppy disc to a compact disc. By the time I graduated, the internet was coming out of its infantile stage and becoming accessible to everyone. The rate of expansion of Information Technology was so moving so fast, I knew I wanted to be apart of it.

2.Military Experience in Information Technology
After high school, I joined the military. There I tinkered around with computers off and on. It was not until I was in Korea some four years into my tour did I actually begin working on computers. I began assisting our Officer In-Charge (OIC) of Information Resource Management (IRM). He also doubled as the OIC of the Information Security Office which also kept me in the know of the latest security risks (viruses, worms, and other malicious software.) At first he gave me ideas on how to troubleshoot issues before bringing it to him. Then he allowed me to assist him with some software installs, printer installs, memory and video card changing and small duties. After this whenever there was an IT department, I tried to become familiar with them. I was able to diagnose computer issues for my units eliminating our IT department first step of coming down to troubleshoot, then not returning for a day or two to solve the matter. In many cases, they only had to come down to fix the problem.

3.Current Experience
When I left the military, I began what I considered a “quasi” IT position. One of my many duties in my office deals with being the company’s Automated Data Processing Application Coordinator (ADPAC). This duty includes again being the midway point between my office and the IT Department for IT issues. Here I assist in the purchasing of IT equipment, such as servers, laptops, memory, and recently a teleconferencing audio/video system. I also created and maintain our company’s internet, intranet sites and message board. Interning with the Office of Information Technology – In attempts to gain more insight and knowledge in the IT career field I have been interning with out Research’s OIT department. This in conjunction with school will be part of the gateway I will use to enter my new position as OIT for my department. My instructor takes me with him on his trouble calls and allows me to assist with problem solving and repairs. I have now moved to imaging computers, learning about dual boot systems, server management and hardware repair.

Decision to change careers
With my knowledge in computer systems, it seemed only right to join the IT profession. I decided to go back to school and attain my degree in Information Technology. Though I am majoring for Information...
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