+ 0 Votes Where do you want to go? JDSAL 3 years ago You have to find what in the information technology profession you like the most. The functional areas like network, server, storage, database, etc are all very different skillsets. I personally acquired MS certs back in the late 90s and worked through sysadmin career paths. After that I changed gears and went into networking (Cisco). Straight network admin jobs are few in comparison to server. There are generally far more server admins than network people. Unless of course you seek out network carrier opportunities. + 0 Votes the basics.. tuningmycivic 3 years ago I would start with the very basic ones: CompTIA Network+, A+, and Security+. If you can get those out of the way before 1 January, you won't have to re-certify every few years. Those three will give you a basic groundwork and understanding of how IT tests work and what to look for. They will also give you a bit more insight on what path you enjoy more and should work toward. After that, the choices are almost limitless and totally up to you. If you like desktop/server stuff, go with MS certs. If networking is your thing, CCNA is a good place to start.