Systems Administrator Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Systems Administrator in Morristown:
"Identified expectations."
Make sure you know exactly what is expected of you.

Systems Administrator in Seattle:
"There Are No promotions At Oracle, Only Lateral Moves."
Fight for absolutely as much up front as you can, because at least at oracle, raises and promotions amount to squat, and there sure as heck aren't bonuses and this from a consistent 4/5 team lead.

Systems Administrator in Chicago:
Must be available 24/7/365. Lab all work first before putting into production. Keep up with current technology. When in doubt, Google is your friend, and so is labbing.

Systems Administrator in New York:
"Systems Admin."
Negotiate a salary based on your experience and then negotiate for more. Systems admin is a vital position in every organization.

Systems Administrator in Tukwila:
"Certification Is More Important Than Education."
Get every certification that you can. Start with CompTIA A+, Network+, ITIL, then move on to a more specialized subject like CCNA, MCSE, UNIX, DB2, etc. Managers want someone with specialized skills more than generalized skills.

Systems Administrator in Dallas:
"Diversify Your Experience."
Finish school. Get certs. Change jobs to get a more broad experience. Don't pigeon hole yourself to one OS, language or piece of hardware.