Pros: experience, benefits, work diversity, gear
Cons: extremely long hours, manual labor, uncertainty
I am lucky to have been given the opportunity to serve as a Data Network Technician. It was a very versatile position that always kept me learning although I had little experience to begin with. I was constantly sent to classes and given new gear (servers, routers, switches, computers, software, storage devices, etc) with hours to test different possibilities, sometimes in a production environment and sometimes in a test environment. The job also consisted of being a Marine, which would often include going to the field multiple times a year. In the field our unit would set up enterprise level networks within 36 hours to allow for live fire operations to occur, while working under harsh conditions. This was the hardest part of the job yet the most enjoyable. Nothing feels more accomplishing than to go to an empty desert and set up a tent, transmission pieces, routers, switches, servers and computers from scratch to allow one unit to communicate with another. I also loved the help desk side of it. I was at the point where I could identify almost any problem just by hearing the description. The other Marines I helped were so thankful of my assistance which made assisting them that much more enjoyable. I was given a great opportunity with a chance to learn and amazing experience I could not have gotten anywhere else right out of high school.