At the time of writing this, I’ve spent 20 years in my career in IT and general technology. You could certainly say I’ve had a successful career to date; with plenty of ups and downs, I’ve capitalised on many opportunities in my career. I’ve succeeded and failed in many ways, and used those experiences to progress and constantly grow. The numbers truly speak for themselves if you have the same mentality around career growth and constantly learning.

I started my career in IT straight out of high school (year 12). I decided to get my degree in Information Technology and studied part time throughout my career, finishing some 11 years later! Along the way, I obtained a lot of on the job training, including industry certifications (eg. Microsoft, Cisco, etc). I also started 2x MBA courses and pulled out of both.

Job TitleCompanyRate/SalaryTime in RoleEducation Notes
IT Technician
Systems Administrator
ASX listed medical company$10/hour to $15/hour ($20,000-30,000 +super)
$40,000 to $50,000
4 yearsHigh school
Started University
2x Microsoft certifications
Systems AdministratorISP$55,0001 year1x Microsoft certification
IT Support TechnicianIT Support company$60,0001 year
Server & Storage TechnicianGovernment contractor$57/hour inc super (~$89,000 + super)6 months
Systems EngineerGovernment contractor$55/hour inc super (~$98,000 + super)6 months
Solution DesignerGovernment contractor$71/hour inc super (~$127,000 + super)6 months
Senior Consultant
Consulting company$90,000 + super + bonuses
$105,000 + super + bonuses
$132,000 + super + bonuses
4 years~10+ Microsoft certifications
Internal training programs
Completed Bachelors degree
Started Masters of Business Administration (MBA)
Support ManagerSoftware company$125,000 + super1 yearsPulled out of MBA
Infrastructure ArchitectSoftware consultancy$135,000 + super + bonuses3 years3x Microsoft certifications
Security certification(s)
ManagerBIG4 consulting$135,000 + super1 yearsSecurity certification(s)
Internal training programs
Systems AnalystInsurance company$858/day inc super (~$202,000 + super)6 months
Solutions ArchitectConsulting company$180,000 + super18 monthsSecurity certification(s)
Internal training programs
Chief Operations/Technology OfficerISP$235,000 + super + bonuses1 yearCisco certifications
+ other security certifications

The below graph shows my salary over time. While I generally moved up with most roles, I occasionally took “backward steps” in salary to chase new opportunities and job security.

All in all:

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