+ 0 Votes I think you have answered your own question... OldER Mycroft 6 years ago Having honed your IT qualifications to the point you have, you are ONLY proficient in the theory of the job, the practical is still lacking. I would suggest one of two things: 1. Revise and redraft your CV to present your willingness over your theory abilities. 2. I would aim lower in the food-chain, rather than applying for IT posts you continue to be unsuccessful at. When I left college I had a string of 'letters' after my name but soon discovered that in the real world letters is all they were. They really only prove that you can learn - not that you are already proficient. Just wait until someone is paying you to perform a task, under a strict deadline, with no possibility of any "resit" if you fail! Pressure is a big factor here - and one you do not have a qualification in. I would suggest you set your sights slightly lower. You may also be failing due to your interview techniques. Your former college lecturers would be a good source of information in this respect. + 0 Votes Older but new to IT nickholloway 6 years ago I did a similar Swap, Having completed a full military career I transferred from Aircraft Engineering to IT Engineering with no real world experiance ina commercial enviroment and with little in the way of IT certs. It has meant that I have taken the plunge and have accepted that transferable skills does not equate to transferable wage bracket. Im not sure how it would work for you in the states and Im not sure what the salery rates are there. By my own reckoning and feedback from the team Im in I expect to be back up to the same responsibility/wage level I am more used to in another 18 months. That means it will have taken me 3 years to go from entry level with transferable skills prooving Im an Engineer not just a manager back to an upper middle management role. I am lucky mind I work for a large international company that has a set of work Values and actually stands by them. I was expecting to be very fluid and moving on frequently in this new career path but at present I have a long term home that seems as eager for me to progress as I am eager to succeed. + 0 Votes My route Langlier 6 years ago I went from college to a dead end job as a PC Tech, then to a better PC Tech job that involved networking. Now I'm working as an assistant Systems Coordinator (basically admin for this area) and this job should be a launching pad for bigger things.