Business and Writing for the IT Professional
July 26, 2009
Abstract A network and systems administrator is responsible for network security, installing new applications, implementing software updates, monitoring the integrity of the system, developing management programs, and performing routine backups. As has been noted throughout my research, there has been a decline in technology majors throughout the past couple of years, thus affecting the job market. The survey that was conducted on high school seniors, as well as research done by some universities, has proven that lack of information and interest affects this type of career choice. By properly informing potential technology students and offering them resources, we can better equip our future system and network administrators to perform to their potential.
Author Background An interest in computers came to my attention shortly after graduating from high school. I first involved myself in working with cameras and fixing them for several customers. The satisfying knowledge that I gained came from realizing that I could take apart, fix a piece of technology and do it well. Computers as a hobby came only after my brother gave me one to fix and keep for my use. Although I was daunted at first, I took apart and drew diagrams, to remember where the components where located. I had no previous experience from computers that I had learned at my high school, so I used the knowledge of camera troubleshooting to apply to computer diagnostics. After several years, I had gained some hands-on experience in how this type of technology worked. During my sophomore year at college, I came across an information session fair about technology careers. At the fair, I realized that there were many specialized areas and that I was interested in pursuing the maintenance and upgrading of computers systems in a large company. There were
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