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By bobcatshef1 ·
I need help. I've been a CAD draftsman/Electrical Designer since 1983 and will now be changing career direction getting my A+ certification this summer. With no experience in the IT field other than basic Word and Excel, what kind of job should I belooking for now to begin my IT career (before I get my A+ certification) if money is secondary to career goals? Help desk, PC Technician...?

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by MooneyS In reply to Newer to IT, older in yea ...

I would suggest that with A+ certification you should be looking at positions such as Tier 2 Hardware support team at any of the larger or medium sized organizations, PC Technician at computer service centers (stores) or you could even offer services to homeusers - this may take long time to build clientele but you will be your own boss. So the choice to work for some one or your self is yours. If Iit was me - I would work for some and gain enough experience before striking out on my own. I hope this helps.

Good luck

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by bobcatshef1 In reply to Newer to IT, older in yea ...
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by Lizzy In reply to Newer to IT, older in yea ...

A Help Desk Technician does not give you as much hands on experience as a PC Technician would. If money is indeed not an issue, you can work for anyone who will hire you in an entry level position, but please do not discount your previous experiencewhen job hunting as it will be a major plus for you. You can also try volunteering for non-profit groups that help low income or disabled people obtain technology or even your place of worship. Good luck to you!

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by bobcatshef1 In reply to Newer to IT, older in yea ...
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by steve189 In reply to Newer to IT, older in yea ...

Most decent IT posistion require a minimun of 2 years experience. Helpdesk, PC Technician and even service rep positions are a valuable starting point to gain required experience. Since money is secondary and experience is paramont, seek a postitionthat you would enjoy. Sounds simple but it is true. Find a company and a position that you can excel in. Continue studies and shine. If you are any good, you will be in a position that matches your talents in no time. This industry is craving good people. You just need exposure.

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by bobcatshef1 In reply to Newer to IT, older in yea ...
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Newer to IT, older in years

by peter.hunt In reply to Newer to IT, older in yea ...

1. Get your foot in the door with a company that has both help desk and PC Technician! If they have network technicians and OS (NT, Novell, Linux, Unix, etc) specialists all the better.
2. Get your foot in the door!!
3. Where ever you start out in a mid to large size company you can usually transfer and try on other hats.
4. Get you foot in the door!!!

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by bobcatshef1 In reply to Newer to IT, older in yea ...
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