Unix Systems Administrator 

(Male, Age 24) from Bentonville, AR

This is a REAL-LIFE job profile written by a Male aged 24 who works as a Unix Systems Administrator in Bentonville, AR. We have removed all names and personal information in order to protect privacy. This professional kindly spent a bit of their time to complete one of our job profile surveys so that prospective job seekers like you could read their insights. Please excuse any punctuation or grammatical errors in this profile.

At a Glance

Current Job

Basic data on your current job

Job Title Unix Systems Administrator
Salary $110,000
Other Compensation None Set
Company Size (not answered)
Location Bentonville, AR
Years Experience 4 years

Career Ratings

Opinions on your CAREER overall (i.e. not just your current job)

Years in Career 0
Education (not answered)
Income Rating 0 / 10
Interest Rating 0 / 10
Work-Life Rating 0 / 10
Fulfilment Rating 0 / 10

Current job Q&A

Describe the type of organization you work for.
I work for IBM. Enough Said. lol

Describe your job role and responsibilities.
Assist the level 1 help desk with any issues they may have, scripting, and developing new systems.

Please list an additional benefits (beyond compensation) that you receive.
401k, 2 weeks vacation, aetna insurance

Do you feel you are under/over or well/fairly compensated at your current position?
under compensated

Does your job entail you working with others on a daily basis? Is this something you like/dislike about your job? Please explain.
Yes, I work with level 1 helpdesk, and with my team to discuss who/what will be working on the new issues.

Do you work collaboratively with supervisors/managers?

Do you work collaboratively with your co-workers?

Describe your work location (e.g., office, home, theatre, in the field) and what you like/dislike about working in it.
Office during the day, and on call at night/weekends one week a month.

Please rate each of the following aspects of your current job on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the highest/best):
Income: 3
Benefits: 5
Hours: 4
Co-Workers: 2
Supervisors: 1
Job Title: 8
Level of Responsibility: 6
The Actual Work: 7

Table of Contents

How you got your job

How did you get your current job?

What was the application process?
Submitted resume, interview, hire.

Did you have to interview for your current job? If yes, what did the interview process entail?

If you can remember, what questions were you asked during the interview?
Why I would be a good fit into the job, what applications/OS’s I knew, and if I would be willing to travel.

Do you feel your employer properly prepared you for your job? Explain.
Yes, they told me exactly what was in entailed in teh job I started in, I have them moved through the ranks to get where I am today.

Was there training for your current position? If yes, what did it entail?

Do you feel your educational background prepared you for your job? Explain.
nope, it did not, I learned as I went, started as a entry level, and worked up.

If applicable, do you feel your internship experience helped you prepare for your job?

If someone wanted to go about getting a job similar to yours, what would you recommend for him or her to do?
Lots of schooling, and teaching yourself all you can about anything computer/networking related!

What skills do you think a person should have if they want to pursue a position like yours?
You must be able to set up 20k line scripts, and organize it to work properly. Be able to talk to co workers, and actually explain the issue you are having/fixing.

Do you feel that you need a certain level of education or training to be successful in your job?
of course.

What advice would you give to someone who was about to start work in your position/ line of work?
Keep your head into it, and don’t let the stress get to you!

Long-term career plans

Is your current employment part of your overall career plan? Why or why not?
Absolutely, I am working through the IT infrastructure to get to where I want to be 🙂

What are your current career goals?
I would like to become specialized in more fields than just AIX/Bladecenters.

Is there anything else you would like to share about your career?
This is a great field if you can seem to wrap your head around all concepts/ideas, I have seen a lot of really talented and smart people come in these doors, and not be able to handle the stress or environment due to the constantly changing, and fast paced learning.

Prior work history

Please list your most recent jobs prior to this current job:

Title Length Salary Description
Prior Job 1 Helpdesk 1 600/week Helpdesk assisting with registers
Prior Job 2

Educational background

Please list your educational background:

High School GPA:3

GPA School Degree
College (Undergraduate)
or Technical/Vocational
Graduate or Professional
(Masters or Doctorate)

Ask a Question of this Mentor

This mentor has opted to receive questions from people interested in this career or job position. Please be respectful of their time and willingness to help. Include some basic relevant background so they can intelligently answer your question.