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Recovering from a brain injury, need avice on restarting my career.

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Recovering from a brain injury, need avice on restarting my career.

Locrian_Lyric
Hi folks, I used to be a regular here, going WAAAAAAAAY back to Y2K

Five years ago I had a brain injury that rendered me incapacitated, I had to re-learn many things. Now I have progressed to the point where I *CAN* work again, but as you know, 5 years in IT is just short of a lifetime.

I feel as if I am starting from scratch and am not sure where to go from here in terms of restarting my career. Should I go back to school? Should I try a junior level position? Should I do both? Are there any resources out there that would be of any use?

I'm working in retail now, which has proven that I can once again be employed but now I would like to get back to IT. I am in my mid 40s and have a lot of experience prior to my injury.

Any ideas?
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    OH Smeg

    Though some including myself will insist that wanting to work in IT is proof that you have not yet recovered from the Brain Injury as you need one of those to want to work in IT anyway.

    I used to do IBM Mainframes years ago and moved to doing work for small to medium business which was an area not being adequately covered by the Big End of Town and relying on the High Volume Domestic sellers for all their support.

    While that works for me I'm lazy and the first to admit it but it does require that you run the business or at the very least find some other idiot to setup the business and work for them. Being the owner here I have a unique way of looking at things and I never actually got to be only working part time which was what was intended when I started this place. I may as well be working for a boss now and have some spare time instead of worrying constantly about having enough work for the staff so that they get paid and more importantly no time to spend with my Play Toys.

    You can however start in something like this fairly easily and you don't need masses of paperwork behind you but if you want to work in the Big Business IT Section they mostly now rely on lots of Certs and not overly worry about any experience you may have.

    So it really depends on where you want to work and what it is you want to do things like Forensic Recovery and so on tend to require lots of both Experience and Certs not to mention constant relearning things as Laws change but if you want to work in small business and just keep Networks up & running then other than knowing the currently used OS's and so on there isn't much else required.

    Col

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    Locrian_Lyric

    Thank you. Thats some good advice. I will look into it.

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    scottcp36

    HI Locrian_Lyric,
    First off congratulations on your recovery and getting back into the workforce! I can't imagine how much of a challenge that has been but it sounds like you are pretty motivated to getting back to what you enjoy doing.

    In my opinion, since you already have a background in IT, a formal education may not be the best bet right now. Most of the academic programs are not at the bleeding edge of technology and it sounds like that's what you may need to focus on. Of course, only you can decide this - I'm not sure how the injury may have affected your previous knowledge or what you've retained.

    Possibly spending some time looking at online training in whatever specific field of IT you're interested in getting into (if you know what that is) might be a starting point. This could be a good way to fairly quickly become familiar with the newer technologies and ideas. If you can manage it, landing an entry-level type position would be a good "foot in the door" and will also help you network and brush up on skills.

    If you were to go back to school, you might want to look into doing an internship - this would be a great way to get some more recent experience on your resume and will be more "real-world" education rather than purely academic.

    If you have a specific field of interest within IT, you may want to share that here and the community could point you to some tutorial/training resources if available.

    Wishing you the best!

    -Scott P

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    Locrian_Lyric

    thank you, very much

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    robo_dev

    Besides the fact that you can learn just about anything online these days, the other wonderful thing is how many things can be had for free.

    I work in a security/governance role but I need to keep my IT skills sharp.

    So at home I have two VMware ESXi servers (free licenses from VMware), cheap eBay servers to run it. On those boxes I have everything from a full content management system to Unix and Windows servers, web servers, VPN servers, etc.

    Online, there's a cloud-hosting company called Bitnami.org which will give you a single server instance in the cloud for free, and you can load up (automatically) whatever Web application platform or stack you like (Joomla, Drupal, Workpress, Concrete5, etc, etc) They use Amazon Web Services (AWS) on the backend which gives you a year of a free micro-instance.

    So based on all that, I have full-blown web application dev/test envionment on my home VMware servers, and the production web servers are based in the cloud. Other than the $12 to register the domain and perhaps some higher electric bills, it's all free.

    The point to all this rambling is to 'try this at home'.

    In other words the best way to learn to be a car mechanic is to have a garage at home stuffed full of broken cars, so by building/experimenting/tinkering on your gear at home, you can learn a LOT.

    One other thought is that to transition to the workforce, perhaps some charities, churches, or non-profits could use a bit of IT help. This could be a good way to get your feet wet whilst bringing your skills up to date (and do a good deed at the same time).

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    Locrian_Lyric

    Thank you, I will look into it!

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    OH Smeg

    Though some including myself will insist that wanting to work in IT is proof that you have not yet recovered from the Brain Injury as you need one of those to want to work in IT anyway.

    I used to do IBM Mainframes years ago and moved to doing work for small to medium business which was an area not being adequately covered by the Big End of Town and relying on the High Volume Domestic sellers for all their support.

    While that works for me I'm lazy and the first to admit it but it does require that you run the business or at the very least find some other idiot to setup the business and work for them. Being the owner here I have a unique way of looking at things and I never actually got to be only working part time which was what was intended when I started this place. I may as well be working for a boss now and have some spare time instead of worrying constantly about having enough work for the staff so that they get paid and more importantly no time to spend with my Play Toys.

    You can however start in something like this fairly easily and you don't need masses of paperwork behind you but if you want to work in the Big Business IT Section they mostly now rely on lots of Certs and not overly worry about any experience you may have.

    So it really depends on where you want to work and what it is you want to do things like Forensic Recovery and so on tend to require lots of both Experience and Certs not to mention constant relearning things as Laws change but if you want to work in small business and just keep Networks up & running then other than knowing the currently used OS's and so on there isn't much else required.

    Col

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    Locrian_Lyric

    Thank you. Thats some good advice. I will look into it.

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    scottcp36

    HI Locrian_Lyric,
    First off congratulations on your recovery and getting back into the workforce! I can't imagine how much of a challenge that has been but it sounds like you are pretty motivated to getting back to what you enjoy doing.

    In my opinion, since you already have a background in IT, a formal education may not be the best bet right now. Most of the academic programs are not at the bleeding edge of technology and it sounds like that's what you may need to focus on. Of course, only you can decide this - I'm not sure how the injury may have affected your previous knowledge or what you've retained.

    Possibly spending some time looking at online training in whatever specific field of IT you're interested in getting into (if you know what that is) might be a starting point. This could be a good way to fairly quickly become familiar with the newer technologies and ideas. If you can manage it, landing an entry-level type position would be a good "foot in the door" and will also help you network and brush up on skills.

    If you were to go back to school, you might want to look into doing an internship - this would be a great way to get some more recent experience on your resume and will be more "real-world" education rather than purely academic.

    If you have a specific field of interest within IT, you may want to share that here and the community could point you to some tutorial/training resources if available.

    Wishing you the best!

    -Scott P

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    Locrian_Lyric

    thank you, very much

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    robo_dev

    Besides the fact that you can learn just about anything online these days, the other wonderful thing is how many things can be had for free.

    I work in a security/governance role but I need to keep my IT skills sharp.

    So at home I have two VMware ESXi servers (free licenses from VMware), cheap eBay servers to run it. On those boxes I have everything from a full content management system to Unix and Windows servers, web servers, VPN servers, etc.

    Online, there's a cloud-hosting company called Bitnami.org which will give you a single server instance in the cloud for free, and you can load up (automatically) whatever Web application platform or stack you like (Joomla, Drupal, Workpress, Concrete5, etc, etc) They use Amazon Web Services (AWS) on the backend which gives you a year of a free micro-instance.

    So based on all that, I have full-blown web application dev/test envionment on my home VMware servers, and the production web servers are based in the cloud. Other than the $12 to register the domain and perhaps some higher electric bills, it's all free.

    The point to all this rambling is to 'try this at home'.

    In other words the best way to learn to be a car mechanic is to have a garage at home stuffed full of broken cars, so by building/experimenting/tinkering on your gear at home, you can learn a LOT.

    One other thought is that to transition to the workforce, perhaps some charities, churches, or non-profits could use a bit of IT help. This could be a good way to get your feet wet whilst bringing your skills up to date (and do a good deed at the same time).

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    Locrian_Lyric

    Thank you, I will look into it!