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By mallard68 ·
Hello Everyone,
I have a few questions, and hopefully, someone out there can help me.
My wife and I have just moved, and I'm looking for a change in careers.
My previous experience has been in Human Services, and I'm looking to break into the IT field. I have heard many people say that I need to get my MCSE course. Is this course worth my time and money? What are some alternate courses that I should look at if any? Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks in advance!
Cheers,
Josh

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by dknapp In reply to Help....Career Alert!

Experience is the best teacher. If you have the cash to take a crash course then that may help you get your first job, but I made my way by working part-time for a local computer shop, moving to full time, and learning on the job. Alternatives to the mcse are the comptia A+ cert, Novell CNA/CNE certs. The A+ is a basic cert as is the CNA. The CNE compares to the MCSE. Our local communities colleges have MCSE and Cisco routing classes, so that might be a place to start. The MCSE is widely derided asa certification because so many people are "paper MCSEs" and have no experience to go along witht their certification. In my opinion though, niether experience nor certifications matter as much as attitude does.

hth
dbk

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by william.r.gonder In reply to Help....Career Alert!

MCSE Cert. is important but experience is more important. Experience is the cake and MCSE Cert. is the icing. Without the cake the icing is not full value. I recommend setting up 2-3 computers and learning at home and self study rather than paying for courses. There are several good self study book you can purchase.

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by cozzoli In reply to Help....Career Alert!

Hello Josh,

If you do not have a strong background in the computer field, I suggest you get your A+ certification first. It will give you a foundation in hardware and software that will benefit you later on, especially when combined with the MCSE.

The second certification to attain is the MCSE.

After these, certifications depend on your area of focus, but the rule to follow is simple: the more certs you have, the more you stand out from the other person applying for the same position.

John

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by sh3th111 In reply to Help....Career Alert!

Josh,

The IT field is huge and it just keeps growing. I would also suggest that you get some experience either by working or doing some things on your own. Then you should be able to determine in what direction you do (or do not) want to go. You can get the certification(s) relevant to what you want to do.

Good Luck.

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by tbumpus In reply to Help....Career Alert!

Hi Josh,

Looks like you've gotten some good answers to your question concerning certifications. I agree with them - get experience first then work toward your certifications. As a job search coach and resume pro who specializes in working only with techies, I see the effects that certifications and experience have on job search success. "Paper MSCE's" are not worth the effort or expense. Get the experience first.

On a related thought, with a background in Human Services, you might find the best ITsuccess by taking a track toward Tech Support. That way you can apply your communication/people skills while working in a tech environment.

All the best,
Tracy Bumpus, CPRW
rezamaze.com

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