So today I got an email from a recruiter, about a job they are trying to fill:
My client based in Kent are looking for a 2nd/3rd Line Engineer for an initial 6 month contract based within the public sector paying up to £180 per day.
The successful candidate will be responsible for analysing complex and inter-linked IT system / NPfIT issues (e.g. hardware, networking, system etc.) and ensuring that they are resolved effectively.
You will be required to analyse and assess GP Practice staff IT requirements and ensure that hardware and software are appropriately configured.
The post holder will need to demonstrate specialist theoretical and practical knowledge and experience in the following areas:
· Windows NT/2000/2003/2008/2008R2 server;
· Microsoft Server virtualization
· Microsoft Windows (95/98/2000/XP/Vista/7 etc.);
· Microsoft Office products including Outlook and Exchange;
· Anti-Virus software;
· LAN’s, WAN’s, networking protocols, routers, bridges and switches.
· VOIP LAN management
· VOIP Server virtualization
Please send me you CV ASAP if you are available to interview immediately and start within a week.
Great, eh? Someone wants to pay me £180/day to do all that cool stuff? [£180/day equates to more than £46,000/year] Well hold on just a second there, because if you haven’t ever been paid that much or ever done that level of job in IT, you can hardly expect to jump straight into that level of salary. Even if you do have some experience in all of those areas.
So really its not fair, its a bit like dangling a lolly-pop in front of a kid and then taking it away saying “come back when you’re 21”. I would like a job, but I would like to keep that job, so trying too hard and promising things I can’t do is probably just going to get me right back to where I am now, feeling depressed and miserable because I have no money and no prospects. I am good at what I do, but I can’t seem to convince anyone else about that…