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› Is computer work for you? Listen to the voices of computer workers as they tell their career stories in their own words:
I welcomed the puzzle of isolating an elusive bug or finding a workaround for a hard-to-solve problem. On the other hand, I believe most analysts are frustrated by ever-changing requirements; that is like trying to navigate a journey when handed a completely different map each day.
My parents had great work ethic, despite working at jobs that were far less desirable in my estimation, so I try to emulate what I learned from them. Any seemingly impossible task is inevitably accomplished through steady progress, one day at a time. Many coworkers seek the recognition that comes with winning awards, and though I was fortunate to earn some high profile awards, I took more satisfaction out of earning the respect of customers and colleagues by consistently performing at a high level.
My job is to make sure all our servers are running and healthy, and that all the major network applications that our users need are always up and running. This job definitely makes me feel great, especially when I accomplish a major task such as when I complete a high level project or fix a major problem with our systems. That sense of accomplishment can’t be beat.
My work entails maintaining a computer local area and wide area network. Our agency consists of 17 offices, approximately 75 computers, 7 servers, and numerous other pieces of network equipment.
I am responsible for troubleshooting and monitoring performance of servers, printers, desktop and laptop computers, network switches, routers, and more. I maintain an ongoing scheme of file back-ups to provide for file recovery and disaster recovery. My job responsibilities also include installation, implementation, and maintenance of operating systems, and software packages, as well as database management.
My job as a Personal Computer Network Administrator moves my heart because I am able to help others. I help co-workers be able to complete their jobs, help them learn about computers and computer-related hardware and software, and correct problems they have with computer equipment. I very often feel appreciated. I do feel like I have found my calling in life.
What I do is very diverse. I maintain about 25 different websites, updating content, HTML, and search engine optimization as I go. I also make sure that my different clients' traffic is making the most possible money for them.
Working from home as a webmaster is great, but it can get lonely. Make sure you know this going in. Try to make time every day to get out of the house and visit friends, or at least do something active like take a walk.
I create databases that report information to researchers. I make interfaces for entry and design the reports. It really is a "people" job, which has to be one of the major misconceptions. I have to work very closely with database users to find out how to make their jobs easier or get the data to do what they want. I couldn't do that if I only hid in my office at the keyboard.
I have a degree in Classical Studies. I am proof that Liberal Arts majors are employable and useful, even though I had to struggle to prove it to my first employers. I feel that I'm better at my job for my experience translating Latin. It makes me very detail oriented.
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