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April 27, 2011

To those who are System Administrators...

How would you recommend getting a job in this field to someone who is young and has little experience?

Here is where I am at:
-Recent grad with a Bachelors degree in Management Information Systems from a university with a solid reputation
-I have done some basic coding over the years, but do not have the passion or desire to make a career out of straight up writing code
-I have used computers since I was a kid, and have loved virtually every minute of it. However, Windows has always been my primary OS with a somewhat recent switch to OS X
-Unfortunately, my interaction with Windows has mostly been through the GUI and I am not used to using command prompt for more than a handful of things
-I would consider myself tech savvy and have a strong interest in computers and other gadgets
-I have no problem being labeled a nerd. In high school, I spent plenty of time hosting and participating in LAN parties and still prefer PC gaming over console
-I am not socially retarded. Most of the time, I enjoy people. From what little experience I have had with an IT job, one of my favorite parts is being able to effectively match technology with the needs of an organization and the people who will be using it

As far as Linux goes:
-For various reasons, I am pretty much a complete noob when it comes to Linux
-I recently got a new laptop, which opens up my desktop that I built six years ago for messing around in Linux. Specs of the old computer are: Athlon64 X2 3800+, 2 GB DDR 400 RAM, 2 WD Raptors in RAID 0, nVidia GeForce 7800 GTX
-So far, all I have done is install Ubuntu along side a previous Windows 7 installation (which I might switch to a Windows server installation because I only have a small amount of experience with that also)
-I am thinking now that I might be better off installing Fedora just because I have heard most companies use Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Some other questions:
Where should I start?
Any good tutorials you would recommend?
Everyone was a noob at some point, how did you attain your vast Linux knowledge?
What other Linux or system administrator related forums/websites do you enjoy?

Feel free to move this post as I was not 100% sure where it fit.

Thank you for your help and ideas!

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