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New Job opportunity for me.. ICT Technician...

DarrylJohn Avatar
5y, 7m agoPosted 5 years, 7 months ago
Ok, so the step dad works with someone who's wife works in a secondary school. The job is as an ICT technician. Well, It got me thinking... There would naturally be more than 1 ICT technician in a secondary school surely? I mean, it would be alot to handle if that wasn't the case.

IT Manager etc etc? Opinions?
DarrylJohn Avatar
5y, 7m agoPosted 5 years, 7 months ago
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#1
At my school, I think there were 3 IT technicians and a couple of managers (plus the actual IT teachers). Don't know how this compares - it was a private school with around 800 students.
1 Like #2
the school i went to had 1 head technician and about 2 or 3 other technicians

All they did all day was play games though, never saw them do any hard work
#3
i dont actually understand ur post. are u worried u will be the only ICT technician...... they dont even do anything. the IT teacher calls them whenever the comp freezes and they come running in, hit ctrl, alt and del and restart.

my IT technician wore a blue labcoat.
#4
just get the kids to do it, they seem more clued up these days with regards to computers !
#5
haha. I was worried i'd be going in heads first. with a full day every day.... which, if its stops a kid getting education, would be stressful on my part. (I wont mind being busy all day)

I don't wanna be the only IT techie in the place.

My old school had atleast 2, aswell. But wanted a better insight...
#6
just for the record, my old secondary school had 1 IT technician for 600 students - he pretty much stays in the server room all day, so i suppose it depends on the size of the school.
#7
We have three at the school i teach at. roughly 1000 students
#8
I wouldn't mind if it was 2 - I wouldn't be taken on with no experience if it was just 1, no chance. So ill find out soon enough. The job's not advertised at all just yet (this is the reason i mentioned my step dad's mates wife, she knew about it etc)
#9
Have a look on the schools website, some have loads of info about staff. Find out how many pupils. My sons school including 6th form (1100 pupils) have a few tech people including a 6th form lad who is paid to help out!
#10
The school I work at has 2 technicians (Comp with about 1200 pupils).
#11
dcx_badass
I did this for 7 months in my gap year, so any questions I'll be happy to answer.

We were a school of 1100, there was the Head of IT who handled the servers and all that jazz, there was another IT Tech who did a load of photoshop and all the publishing work, and me who did all the AV stuff (setting up projectors for assemblies, sorting AV issues in classrooms, handling camcorders/video conversion, set up audio equipment in studio etc).

Then all 3 (now I believe there is 4 of them doing it) of us did the normal IT stuff like staff/pupil support, hardware stuff like upgrades, swapping out faulty PC's (I did projectors/monitors/speakers aswell).

I really enjoyed it, would have carried on had the pay been better (although can't grumble at my first ever job been £8 an hour and I got my own office :D).

Other general stuff included making powerpoints, training staff with software/hardware etc, configuring pupil laptops, trying out possible new hardware to purchase (a big plus got a nice Samsung Tablet laptop with rotating touch screen to 'trial' for two weeks). I took the photos for the school publications (met local news presenters and the Pigeon Detectives). Filming classes/drama/sports groups, loads, a really varied job with every day different, it wasn't that stressful either (only the odd day).
For me at least I was kind of my own boss, we had an online portal where staff would put issues and we'd monitor that and assign it to ourselves or assign it to one of the others (if it was there thing). Then I just had my list of what needed doing and just did it in the order I felt was best in my own time (fit it around other tasks etc) basically I decided what and when I was doing each day (eg. some tasks are easiest after school or at a lunch time). Really enjoyed it.

I had no formal experience but was recommended by word of mouth and they contacted me.

Anyway any questions feel free to ask.





Tbh, i don't know the wage of this. Kinda hoping it's around 80-100 a day.

I now know there is a software IT manager for the software. It would be my job on the hardware side, which is fair enough. Most hardware is plug and play. I can do both aswell though. Wonder how much i'd be getting if there was only 2 people for a school... surely it wouldn't be £8 an hour? Suppose it would be a starting block!

Edited By: DarrylJohn on May 06, 2011 08:26
#12
well we have 7 network engineers for 23000 users..............
banned#13
As soon as you're in do all you can to get promoted or find a better job. Don't stay at the bottom level level of IT for years like most IT technicians do, just because you can play doom all day long...
banned#14
Alfonse
well we have 7 network engineers for 23000 users..............

You don't need as many network engineers to users as you do IT techs (HD, 1st line)
#15
master_chief
Alfonse
well we have 7 network engineers for 23000 users..............


You don't need as many network engineers to users as you do IT techs (HD, 1st line)


true, we have about 30 desktop guys for the same number of users

Edited By: Alfonse on May 06, 2011 08:45
banned 1 Like #16
surely it depends on the size of the school

bit weird you are worried about getting a job that has a full day every day lol
banned#17
Alfonse
master_chief
Alfonse
well we have 7 network engineers for 23000 users..............

You don't need as many network engineers to users as you do IT techs (HD, 1st line)

true, we have about 30 desktops for the same number of users

7 network engineers is fairly generous. I worked somewhere that had 2 for 10k users. You don't handle WAN connections either so no wonder you have all day to spend on here.
#18
master_chief
Alfonse
master_chief
Alfonse
well we have 7 network engineers for 23000 users..............


You don't need as many network engineers to users as you do IT techs (HD, 1st line)


true, we have about 30 desktops for the same number of users


7 network engineers is fairly generous. I worked somewhere that had 2 for 10k users. You don't handle WAN connections either so no wonder you have all day to spend on here.


lol, always looking to have a dig, we do handle a number of WAN connections actually but I'm not going into this with you.
banned#19
Alfonse
master_chief
Alfonse
master_chief
Alfonse
well we have 7 network engineers for 23000 users..............

You don't need as many network engineers to users as you do IT techs (HD, 1st line)

true, we have about 30 desktops for the same number of users

7 network engineers is fairly generous. I worked somewhere that had 2 for 10k users. You don't handle WAN connections either so no wonder you have all day to spend on here.

lol, always looking to have a dig, we do handle a number of WAN connections actually but I'm not going into this with you.

It was a good natured dig :D

I thought the big boys at N3 did all the hard work for you :p
#20
master_chief
Alfonse
master_chief
Alfonse
master_chief
Alfonse
well we have 7 network engineers for 23000 users..............


You don't need as many network engineers to users as you do IT techs (HD, 1st line)


true, we have about 30 desktops for the same number of users


7 network engineers is fairly generous. I worked somewhere that had 2 for 10k users. You don't handle WAN connections either so no wonder you have all day to spend on here.


lol, always looking to have a dig, we do handle a number of WAN connections actually but I'm not going into this with you.


It was a good natured dig :D

I thought the big boys at N3 did all the hard work for you :p


sounds like you work for BT
banned#21
Not for BT though have had some dealing with them.
#22
Judging by comments, does Alfonse work in the NHS as an IT Technician?

I’ve yet to meet anybody competent who works in I.T for the NHS, I’m sure they’re perfectly capable, just incredibly lazy.. Which I found went all the way up to IT Managers. Also found they’d lie through their teeth to avoid responsibility, resulting in me having to write notes with date and times of phone conversations with details of what was discussed.

I once got handed an RSA Security dongle by an IT Manager in the NHS, allowing me external access to a large NHS trust in London.. No security checks, no criminal record background check. Never asked to go through the correct procedure outlined by BT, just given it like they were being handed out like sweeties.. Scary.

Back on topic…

Mate of mine worked in a secondary school as an IT Technician for 4 years, overall he loved it.. Mainly as it wasn’t that stressful and was a secure job. It’s difficult to get anywhere that way though, as often the IT Manager is part of the furniture so promotion is unlikely. When my mate eventually decided to move on and into software development, his had to take a salary very much the same as what he was on…

Unless It’s a large university, I don’t think you get much kudos from a position like that unfortunately

Edited By: spritey on May 06, 2011 11:12: .
#23
spritey
Judging by comments, does Alfonse work in the NHS as an IT Technician?

I’ve yet to meet anybody competent who works in I.T for the NHS, I’m sure they’re perfectly capable, just incredibly lazy.. Which I found went all the way up to IT Managers. Also found they’d lie through their teeth to avoid responsibility, resulting in me having to write notes with date and times of phone conversations and what occurred.

I once got handed an RSA Security dongle by an IT Manager in the NHS, allowing me external access to a large NHS trust in London.. No security checks, no criminal record background check. Never asked to go through the correct procedure outlined by BT, just given it like they were being handed out like sweeties.. Scary.

Back on topic…

Mate of mine worked in a secondary school as an IT Technician for 4 years, overall he loved it.. Mainly as it wasn’t that stressful and was a secure job. It’s difficult to get anywhere that way though, as often the IT Manager is part of the furniture so promotion is unlikely. When my mate eventually decided to move on and into software development, his had to take a salary very much the same as what he was on…

Unless It’s a large university, I don’t think you get much kudos from a position like that unfortunately


we have all the procedures in place and are IG and DP certified and as of last week just had an out standing Gartner report, however we are a hosted IT Service for the NHS, so pretty much a private company.

and thanks for your generalisation, i find that all users are incompetent at remembering basic passwords and general computer use..................
#24
I suppose your right. Fortunately, it will only be to get me grounded in the industry. Get some experience at a low level and progress when the times right, or when an opportunity opens up! Probably the best way, no real time to relax as ill always be looking for a salary increase. Best way I would think.

Wouldn't mind eventually being one in a University perhaps... Wonder how much IT manager's/seniors get at University?

I might even get some money built up and try and establish a little side business.
#25
Alfonse
we have all the procedures in place and are IG and DP certified and as of last week just had an out standing Gartner report, however we are a hosted IT Service for the NHS, so pretty much a private company.

and thanks for your generalisation, i find that all users are incompetent at remembering basic passwords and general computer use..................

I didn’t generalize… I pointed out that I’ve yet to meet somebody I’d consider competent, not that everybody who works for the NHS in IT is incompetent.

I’ve not had much experiencing dealing with the IT contactors used by trusts, only in terms of requesting server hardware and planning installation for software. They seemed to do the job they were asked, then again, it’s not exactly rocket science.

So glad I don’t work on any NHS projects anymore


Edited By: spritey on May 06, 2011 11:39
banned#26
Alfonse
spritey
Judging by comments, does Alfonse work in the NHS as an IT Technician?

I’ve yet to meet anybody competent who works in I.T for the NHS, I’m sure they’re perfectly capable, just incredibly lazy.. Which I found went all the way up to IT Managers. Also found they’d lie through their teeth to avoid responsibility, resulting in me having to write notes with date and times of phone conversations and what occurred.

I once got handed an RSA Security dongle by an IT Manager in the NHS, allowing me external access to a large NHS trust in London.. No security checks, no criminal record background check. Never asked to go through the correct procedure outlined by BT, just given it like they were being handed out like sweeties.. Scary.

Back on topic…

Mate of mine worked in a secondary school as an IT Technician for 4 years, overall he loved it.. Mainly as it wasn’t that stressful and was a secure job. It’s difficult to get anywhere that way though, as often the IT Manager is part of the furniture so promotion is unlikely. When my mate eventually decided to move on and into software development, his had to take a salary very much the same as what he was on…

Unless It’s a large university, I don’t think you get much kudos from a position like that unfortunately

we have all the procedures in place and are IG and DP certified and as of last week just had an out standing Gartner report, however we are a hosted IT Service for the NHS, so pretty much a private company.

and thanks for your generalisation, i find that all users are incompetent at remembering basic passwords and general computer use..................

definitely true!

Edited By: master_chief on May 06, 2011 11:45: ...
#27
the geek is strong ITT :p
#28
master_chief
Alfonse
spritey
Judging by comments, does Alfonse work in the NHS as an IT Technician?

I’ve yet to meet anybody competent who works in I.T for the NHS, I’m sure they’re perfectly capable, just incredibly lazy.. Which I found went all the way up to IT Managers. Also found they’d lie through their teeth to avoid responsibility, resulting in me having to write notes with date and times of phone conversations and what occurred.

I once got handed an RSA Security dongle by an IT Manager in the NHS, allowing me external access to a large NHS trust in London.. No security checks, no criminal record background check. Never asked to go through the correct procedure outlined by BT, just given it like they were being handed out like sweeties.. Scary.

Back on topic…

Mate of mine worked in a secondary school as an IT Technician for 4 years, overall he loved it.. Mainly as it wasn’t that stressful and was a secure job. It’s difficult to get anywhere that way though, as often the IT Manager is part of the furniture so promotion is unlikely. When my mate eventually decided to move on and into software development, his had to take a salary very much the same as what he was on…

Unless It’s a large university, I don’t think you get much kudos from a position like that unfortunately


we have all the procedures in place and are IG and DP certified and as of last week just had an out standing Gartner report, however we are a hosted IT Service for the NHS, so pretty much a private company.

and thanks for your generalisation, i find that all users are incompetent at remembering basic passwords and general computer use..................


definitely true!


6000 password resets last month
#29
dcx_badass
I really enjoyed it, would have carried on had the pay been better (although can't grumble at my first ever job been £8 an hour and I got my own office:D).

Living the dream.
#30
numptyj
the geek is strong ITT :p

what does ITT mean?i thought it T I T misspelt lol
#31
Rupz
numptyj
the geek is strong ITT :p


what does ITT mean?i thought it T I T misspelt lol


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#32
Yeah the ICT technician job looks unlikely for me. Experience is required, as you would expect. Got a call for the graduate management scheme though. Just need to get an interview slot sorted. Going to phone me back in a couple of weeks, once Uni is sorted.
banned#33
Only 1 at my school which has about 1000 pupils

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