Hello and welcome to your first step in a long and interesting journey! The IT Grunt is the versatile being
in his/her environment. Not quite a programmer, not quite an network admin, not quite a chimp, but with
the logic, easily annoyed nature, and poo flinging of all three!!
If you have any of these qualities you will make a great Grunt:
Do not mind being scoffed at by both users and more knowledgable guru's.
Enjoys the mind-numbing conversation of users.
Wants more skills in order to further your career, but wants a job that doesn't allow you enough time to
Enjoys fixing the problems that others create.
Likes working with errors and issues that make no sense and the feeling you get when you want to
skewer your eyes with salad tongs.
If you have any of these qualities you may be ready for something in this field, or perhaps, for indentured
Here's the best way to get your foot in the door. Acquire a personal computer. This is best done at a
young tender age when your brain is still malleable and can be shaped by the machine. Next you want to
isolate yourself from peers and work on it obsessively. Start simple, 10 goto 20 and all that, then
suddenly realize that yes, virginia, books are helpful. Your manual collection will grow and grow, until one
day you're 24 and wondering why in the hell you still have a PC-DOS or Commodore 64 book. Once
you've garnered all you can out of the metallic beast, take it apart, build your own, then mess it up and
build it again. Repeat as often as necessary. Soon your interests will wane, and you'll have to step up to
servers to feed your addiction.
This is a very fragile stage, if you go too far you will be a developer, if you don't go far enough, you will
be purely a helpdesk tech. (Not bad, just not the Grunt you're wanting to be.) Make sure to tiptoe a line
between brilliance and stupidity at all times. Work the system so you stay relatively anonymous, but
when name-dropped you seem necessary. Dance around budget cuts, failing dot-coms, and strange
economies like the little troll you are. Watch as you see your hours waste away in what may be a futile
attempt at bettering youself!
So join today!*
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