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Am I wasting my time, should I quit?

By kj7gs ·
I'm an AF retiree, trying to make a career change. I have an Associate's in IM, and a Bachelor's in Business Info Systems.
I'm currently working on a Master's in Info Systems through UoP, interning with a Technical Support section at the local college, and studying for my CCNA.
This is all very expensive and time-consuming for me, but I'm looking for -- and counting on -- some renumeration in future for all of my efforts.

Or am I wasting my time? What are the hiring prospects for what I'm doing & the way I'm doing it?

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Education is never a bas investment

by jmgarvin In reply to Am I wasting my time, sho ...

I think the main question is, what did you do in the Air Force?

To get into IT you'll need 3 things
1) Certs
2) Experience
3) Education

Sometimes a masters degree will count for certs or experience, but don't count on it. However, keep in mind, education can NEVER hinder your progress.

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Sometimes it's a trout investment.

by stress junkie In reply to Education is never a bas ...

JMG, I hate to point out that you misspelled bass. Hate it, but I did it. I don't really get the connection between education and fish anyway.

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Most times we older guys tend to carp about the cost.

by Too Old For IT In reply to Sometimes it's a trout in ...
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Okay. That explains it.

by stress junkie In reply to Most times we older guys ...
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Sounds like you've come too far to whale out now

by N3K3D In reply to Most times we older guys ...
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I really meant blue gill

by jmgarvin In reply to Sometimes it's a trout in ...
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Correlation

by Jellimonsta In reply to Sometimes it's a trout in ...

What... how did you miss that???

It's the 'school' dummy!!

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You have three things going against you ...

by Too Old For IT In reply to Am I wasting my time, sho ...

1. Age. You are over 30, so you are over the hill.

2. Military. You think that Islamic fascist hate the US military, you haven't been in front of a HR manager recently.

3. IT is a niche market. Try something with a future. Coffee shop owner. Suttler at civil war reenactments. Ferrier. You get my drift here.

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rotlmao

by jmgarvin In reply to You have three things goi ...

Oh man...I'm glad I'm not the only one that is cynical about the IT mess.

1) Ya, if you are over 30, not only are you going to die any day, but it is possible you'll give the "old" to the other folks at the office

2) Military can work against you..or it can work for you. Apply at the national labs (Sandia and LANL are in New Mexico and quite good about dealing with ex-military)

3) IT seems to have no place in the corporate world any more. Things just magically work...isn't that what MS and IBM tell us?

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On the other hand ...

by stress junkie In reply to rotlmao

... since he doesn't have any real experience the HR managers will put him at the head of the line. I think that the real problem with age is the expectation of having experience in the field. Managers hate to hire people who know what they are doing so an old newbie might be almost as appealing as a young newbie.

I think that the master's degree has some potential for providing new opportunities. If you think in terms of management then any master's degree qualifies anyone to be the manager of any department. Well, that's the corporate thinking anyway.

Edited for spelling correction only.

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