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By mnikolica22 ·
I'm contemplating a job to career switch. Right now I hate my job, and want to delve into the world of IT. I volunteer part time at a friends computer shop and I am learning quite a bit. Although I am not exactly sure which way to go as far as education/entering the field.

Is a degree/diploma the best thing, or is a MCSE type certifcation signifigant enough to open that initial door?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated..

In addition, I am a Canadian resident willing to relocate anywhere jobs may exist.

Thanks

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My experience !

by mm63 In reply to What to do? What to do.. ...

Hi there,
I personally started in IT in 89 by helping out at Xmas in a local dealer. Same story - hated my job and liked tinkering with stuff. After a couple of weeks I got a full time job with them and progressed through several roles, moved to France to work for one of our clients. Spent 10 years in France and am now in Spain looking for a job elsewhere. I dont know about today but when I started most of the people who left Uni with Computer Degrees were useless and we had to untrain them before re-training them in the real world. About 5 years ago I tok a year off and did my degree - just to have the bit of paper.... Depends what you want to do really. What turns you on/what dont you like etc. If you can get yourself the MCSX then you are immediately marketable but look at the redhat certification too. Linux/UNIX is still the professionals choice unless you want to do EndUser (in my opinion - but then I dont like Bill very much!!!) Other thing to think about is a general networking course and then one of the Telco courses(Nortel/Lucent etc.)

GOOD LUCK !

Matt

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my 2 cents...

by webrageous In reply to What to do? What to do.. ...

Do you have a college degree? If so, I don't
see any point in spending 2-4 years of your
life getting another one. It's great that
you're getting some experience working at a
computer shop, certification would be a
perfectly logical step.

If you don't already have a college degree,
then get one! In the long run you will be
better off, the diploma counts for something
when it comes to career advancement and
promotion in a firm.

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