Happy Sys Admin Day to all you Systems Administrators out there. I hope you have had a fantastic day and the people you work with have recognized you for all your work to keep them up and running.

After job searching for almost 4 weeks, I've started to realize that my rates are not in line with the market. While I do try to keep my rates as low as possible so that I can offer a great value for the price, I'm cheating myself and my customers out of the greatest value of all.

Today we're just doing a quick update on where things stand and what some future plans are.

 

I might be spending a lot more time here working on the website than I have been in the past and trying to make a push for self-employment.

It has been a little while since I've posted, but in this case it is a good thing.

You may be reading the title of this post and wondering "Why would you be talking about personality conflicts when you work with technology?" There is an answer to your question and it's quite simple.

I've not been keeping up with my blog or weblinks much of late, but there has been good reason for this. At my day job I have been extremely busy, regularly working 45+ hours, taking work home, etc. All of these are things that I wish not to do. I can now say that my hard work is paying off.

Over the past few weeks I've been considering different approaches to technical support, most specifically in relation to end-user support where the end-user may not be as versed in the area they are requesting support. I've had some experience with various methods of support and started tailoring my own approach to support over the years I've been in IT support positions.

While I have been absent from updating my website for quite some time now, my career has been progressing. I've now been at Röchling Automotive USA, LLP for nearly 3 years and my responsibilities have been gradually increasing over that time.

I started as just an IT Technician to handle daily end user support tasks and setting up new computers. Since then, I've taken on the responsibility of not only managing thee Help Desk, but implementing a ticket system to be used in North American operations for IT.

My current role with the company is still titled IT Technician, but my responsibilities have increased to encompasses AD and GPO management, server maintenance, hypervisor administration, network administration, and all of my previous responsibilities.

With the direction my career has been going, I have decided to begin working on my MCSA and begin setting my career path for a position as a Systems Administrator. Whether that position will be with my current company or another remains to be seen, but I am very excited for the direction my career is going.

Blog Plans

Since I am rebuilding my website from scratch, I'm also going to try to post to my blog on a regular basis. Tentatively I am hoping to post every Saturday. Check back regularly for updates.