Hello all, man it's been a while since I posted in the forums.
Here's the thing, I'm in the IT industry(kinda). I work in a call center in a tech support role. I've been doing this line of work for 4 years for 4 different call centers. The past three have all been outsourcers and each of them treated their agents like crap. The vast amount of bullshit I've attained could fill a whole series of novells and novellas. Well, after my last gig in which I made(I thought) good money at supporting high-end servers, and I mean really high-end. I figured there was no where left to go but up, so I quit that place to work at a non-outsourcing call center. I now work for a companies call center, I have a badge with the companies name on it and am able to take advantage of all the perks that you get by working for
a company and not a company that's been contracted by the actual company......I sure you know what I mean. For some reason I'm actually getting paid more supporting high-end gaming PC's than I was supporting $20K servers, go fig.
I'm pretty fed up with call centers, I've worked for 4 and all of them do it wrong. Agents get burned out, get shit on and then expect to be happy about it. Well, I found out from my current manager, who I used to work with in the previous call center job, that I was considered to by a pretty angry guy back there. No hope for promotion, transfers to other departments sure, but no chance in getting out of the frontline role and being moved into something a little more lucrative. This information gave me much food for thought, and since then I've tried to be more satisfied/happy/whatever with my current lot in life. I know I'm going back to that because of the environment in which I work and the role in which I'm in. I expect very few chances of promotion or anything else with my current employer and I know I'm going to start giving off the same bad vibes here that I did at my previous work, if I haven't started already. At this point, I'm pretty fed up with the whole IT industry in general.
I haven't had that much of a chance to rant recently so I apologize for the above. Which brings me to: I'm thinking of joining the army. I've been told that with the 4 years of "IT" I can get a $10K, tax-free, signing bonus after basic training and mabye an automatic promotion too. I haven't gone to a recruiting office yet and I've really only looked at what info is on the army's website. So, my knowledge of the army is pretty limited right now, aside from being able to carry a big gun and talk loud. I need more information. I'm not asking for somebody to make my decision for me. I'm asking for any information you have on what it's like to work for the army, any experiences you've had, what the life is like(especially how it is on tour), the pay, if you actually like the army, that kind of thing. Keep in mind that I'm talking about the Canadian Forces army but I'm sure the majority of information is common for any military force out there.
Thank you very much for anything you can give me and I'll keep you posted on whatever I decide to do.
Sigs are fun.