+ 2 Votes There is no Or Tony Hopkinson 1 year ago and, and probably another degree, as well. Then in the current market you can get paid bugger all. If you are doing this for the money, you've gone well wrong mate. + 0 Votes Exactly ccietraininglab January 17, 2013 at 5:00pm PST If you think that IT is your passion then work towards that goal. Let me warn you though, this industry is no walk in the park. There will be time when you'd wish that you hadn't gotten your foot into the door so make sure this is what you want. Not for the salary, nor for the prestige but for yourself. Start with the certs and then get as much experience as you can. You see, these certifications are only 1/4 of the whole package. Most employers are looking for papers but nothing beats hands on abilities and the drive to learn and improve in your craft. Whichever path you choose to take, Good luck! + 1 Votes follow your passion and do not fear failure avtark Updated - 1 year ago Don't listen to what people say! no one knows what the next week in ICT land is going to be. It's going to be better for smart people and great for budding ICT geniuses. I have had similar concerns and learnt that employers don't really care about certification/higher qualifications. If you can prove that you have hands on experience and have the right attitude - world is your oyster. Certifications and University degrees have a very short redemption period if they relate to cutting edge specialist skills. You would find that every 6 months Java has a new release, .NET has a new release and same goes for other frameworks. Hence the chase is not a one-off but an on-going exercise. If I was in your situation, I would draw a Venn diagram 1. What Skills are you passionate about? 2. What Skills are in demand today and are likely to be in demand in 5-7 years time? (Programming is a skill, Java/.Net is not a skill --- very important understand the difference...) 3. What Skills are employers willing to provide intern-ships or traineeships on? (very important to understand the market) Focus on intersection of two or more areas. Start small and keep asking (yourself/peers) until you are satisfied... then take the leap of faith. Above questions can be hard to answer correctly, but once you can answer them you would find that no one can be a better guide than yourself. I would say do not chase the money but your passions.... you would realise that your passions take care of you if you exercise discipline in ICT industry! + 0 Votes Skills > Certifications brendanspaar 1 year ago There is a phrase in the IT industry called "Paper MCSE's." My former boss would actually look down on applicants who had MCSE behind their name. The point is, anyone with enough time and money can obtain a certification. Two months after you take the test, I bet you forget half of what you learned. Instead of investing $5k in certification boot camps, why not build a development lab in your home. Get a high end cisco router and license Server 2008. If you still have your .edu email address you can get a lot of these for cheap. I gaurentee you that a hiring manager will score you higher if you have applied your knowledge (even at home). Experience always trumps certifications. Experience and certifications are one two punches. - Brendan Spaar, Alpharetta, GA + 0 Votes IT Certifications VS Skills ohios 1 year ago From my personal observation, A person with IT skills who is continually updating himself on the long run will will be most preferred over one who has just education or certifications. It is important that the job gets done especially in a business setting. Nevertheless, for a good public profile and to earn good ratings of professionalism in an organisation, certifications will come in handy. Everything has its place and it is not a bad idea after all to have the Skills backed up by Certifications! + 1 Votes Don't do it for money... tech 1 year ago This has been said here before, but it bears repeating. DON'T GET INTO IT FOR MONEY. If you do not have passion and skill for IT, you won't last. You will be a 5 year burn out. IT is no longer the ultra high paycheck it once was, IT requires, long hours, continual learning, and is more often than not a thankless job. That is true for programmers and SysAdmins alike. Remember, IT is a Cost Center to business, not a Profit Center. If you are in it for the money, you need to choose a profession that falls in the Profit Center side of the equation. The Cost Center side of the equation will always be subject to cuts, economies of scale... If you have a passion for IT, follow that passion. If you enjoy programming, then be a programmer. I got in early, and am a jack of all trades. I do SysAdmin, DBAdmin, some programming, but I am probably the exception, and not the rule. Follow your passions and you will be a lot happier in the long run. + 0 Votes I Feel Your Pain... info 1 year ago That's what I hit through high school. "Which way to turn? Which path to take?" In the end, I went IT, because I had a natural gift for it. Now I regret it. You actually have a good head start. What you want to do is take your psychology/education background and lever that HEAVILY into IT. Slip yourself into a niche that your 'off the mill' IT person couldn't do... As for programming or support, I've been torn, too. There's a future in both, although one that's seemingly more limited due to outsourcing and 'Cloud'. You'll probably see the numbers of IT personnel decrease somewhat, but be sucked into more centralized locations for IT and cloud 'shops' with lower pay. If you're GOOD at programming, I'd say that way can lie greater dividends overall if you can be idealistic and creative (I'm not) to come up with some hot new psychology app that makes you a small fortune. Otherwise, the path you mentioned (A+, etc.) is the one to go down. Pick a specialty, network or security, for example, and work your way into it. A lot of it is time, and a LOT of times it's dumb luck... The only thing that limits you is your vision... Then your attitude and skills. + 0 Votes Well... Sebzor1986 1 year ago WEll... I see alot of negativity about certs. But some certs are highly regarded. I just did my CCENT and am about to take my CCNA next. I am not just doing for the cert name on my CV, but rather/also because it is possible to LEARN soemthing here! I have alreayd learnt way more about networking than I knew before my CCENT, and I am learning a great deal more studying for my CCNA. This info is not irrelevent or usesless. Use these as a tool for yourself, so that you can pout those certs on the wall, and show yourself that you do know something! The Cisco Certs are extremely diffcult coming from no networking background and braind dumps and these things won;t help! You actually need to know what you are doing! It has also helped me land an internship this year, where last year I was studying Molecular Biology! I also think showing your intentions to do certs is vital, and approach companies and show them how willing you are to learn and work for them, and how you will add value to the company once you have spent some time there. Do the certs, or do a degree, or buy and online programming course, and then write some programs, make some websites! Whatever you do, do something! Show you willingness to learn and learn from the beginning. Its a long road, but when you look back you will be major proud of what you already have achieved and you will feel more confident moving forward! Good luck! + 0 Votes Exactly ccietraininglab January 17, 2013 at 5:00pm PST If you think that IT is your passion then work towards that goal. Let me warn you though, this industry is no walk in the park. There will be time when you'd wish that you hadn't gotten your foot into the door so make sure this is what you want. Not for the salary, nor for the prestige but for yourself. Start with the certs and then get as much experience as you can. You see, these certifications are only 1/4 of the whole package. Most employers are looking for papers but nothing beats hands on abilities and the drive to learn and improve in your craft. Whichever path you choose to take, Good luck!