Job Title: Systems Administrator
Type of Company: I work for a financial services company that owns a controlling interest in twenty affiliates. Together, these companies represent a diverse cross-section of the portfolio management business.
Education: BA, History, Clemson University BA, English, Clemson University
Previous Experience: Network Administrator - Clemson University Career Center (First job) Technical Implementation - eXperience Inc (This was a post sales technical setup and support) IT Consultant - NSK & Associates (3 years of IT design, implementation, troubleshooting for small companies in the Metro Boston Area) Manager of Network Operations: Sentinel Benefits (5 Years in charge of Network/Server infrastructure) Systems Administrator: Old Mutual Asset Management (2 years of Infrastructure / End User Technical Support)
Job Tasks: My primary job responsibility is to make sure that all of the computers are working. There are two types of computers that need to work together to allow our employees to run our company. The first type is the typical desktop computer or laptop computer that you probably have used at school or home. These computers must be working correctly and be able to communicate to the internet and with the second type of computer we use, the server. A server is typically a more powerful computer that is connected to the local network and that serves a specific purpose (i.e. email, databases, file storage, virus scanning, etc.) Both of these types of computers break for one of three reasons: 1.) the hardware fails or isn't working properly; 2.) the software that runs on the computer is either configured incorrectly or has gotten corrupted; or 3.) the connection to the internet or local network is not working.
The other function of my job is to provide answers to employees on how to use their "working" computers. These types of questions typically fall into two categories. 1.) They are trying to perform a new function that they are unfamiliar with. For example, someone may ask how to change the background color on a presentation because they have never done it before. 2.) They are trying to do something that they used to be able to do but it is not working. This is usually because the software version changed and there is a new way to do the task, or the software is not working correctly.
Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my job is being able to help someone perform their job function in a more efficient and quicker way. There is nothing better than seeing the look on someone's face when you help them figure out a way to make a process go from a "pain" to "no big deal"
The worst part about my job is answering the same questions over and over to the same person.
Job Tips: The biggest thing that I recommend is that you find out what the person is trying to accomplish with the technology before you try and solve the problem. You will soon learn that much of the frustration people have with their computers "not working" is they are trying to utilize a piece of software to do something it wasn't designed to do. If you find out what it is that they are trying to do first, you may find that the issue is in the process and not the software.
Click the Visit School Site buttons to go directly to a school's website and learn more about the school and programs it has to offer. School website will open in a new tab. .
Click the Request Info buttons to request more information from a representative at the school
ABCO Technology is an accredited computer training academy that offers diploma programs for individual students, professionals and companies to learn different areas of Information technology and seek gainful employment.
Get Matched to the Right IT, Computer Science, Cybersecurity, Software and Application Development, Web Design or Technology Management Degree Program for YOU.
Why earn your degree at Grand Canyon University? GCU is a regionally accredited university offering graduate and undergraduate degrees in Business, Nursing, Psychology, Education & more. Apply today!
100% Online & No Standardized Testing
The Secret to Getting Ahead is Getting Started
Recognized by the U.S. News and World Report for: Best Online Programs, Bachelor’s 2017, Best Online Programs, Grad Education 2017 and Best Online Programs, Bachelor’s for Veterans 2017
Established in 1901, the College of Engineering and Computer Science has built a vibrant community of leaders with a reputation for responsiveness in meeting regional, national, and global needs.
What They’re Known For
Founded in 1946 and located in the heart of central New York, Utica College is a regionally accredited, independent, private institution that features many of the advantages of a large university — such as undergraduate and graduate degree options, excellent academics, and outstanding faculty — with the intimacy and high degree of personal attention more closely associated with smaller private institutions.
50 Years of Excellence In Education
The Forbes School of Business® combines the power and flexibility of online learning with high-quality, topical Forbes content.
The inside stories from people actually working in the field.
Click a story title to show the story, and click the title again to hide it.
Career Stories are concise, real-world career overviews written by people relating their personal career experiences and wisdom. They provide invaluable insights and mentoring advice to students and career changers.
Most stories include:
Please also see our detailed information about Network And Computer Systems Administrators, including: