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Back on the career path, advice needed

By dmaher1890 ·
I have been in the industry for over 5 years, doing desktop support, server support, network administration on NT4, Windows 2000, and Windows XP. I have touched everything except Windows 2003 Server (yet). I have been at my most recent job for almost 4 years now and it has been very stable but now things aren't looking good for down the road (out of a job in a year or two). Everything has been so stable and so busy I have ignored keeping up with my certs. So now I am looking to be out of a job with just an MCSE+I (NT4), CNA and an A+, with just some collage (no degree) behind it. I am also in NYC so while there are a lot of jobs, there are three times as many people looking for jobs. Any advice on what I should start with to help me land a job quicker when the time comes. Upgrade MCSE, Network +, Server +, go back to collage, any thoughts or ideas are welcome. Thanks

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First things first

by w2ktechman In reply to Back on the career path, ...

First you need to decide an area of expertise, and the type of position that you want to be in. There are many areas of IT and each has a different set of things to learn. Even a netadmin needs to decide sometime, which areas of study they want to persue the most.
Just getting a job is very generic. Having a goal is the way to go, and helps in motivation and learning. So, are you looking to be in a position like the one that you are in now (deskside, light server/networking), full netadmin, or more specialized, like network security? You need to decide on your goal before anyone can help you better.
If you just want a job, then renew your MCSE and call it a day. If you have a specific area to expertise in (email server, etc.) then you can more easily decide on how to persue it, and better advice comes faster.

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Take advantage of what your current situation offers

by RB_ITProfessional In reply to Back on the career path, ...

Does your current job offer tuition reimbursement? If so, utilize it now before you are laid off. Pick a course of study at a local community college or university and go for it. See how far you can get in a year or two. It's sad that most IT jobs these days seem to be really hyped on the "Experience" + "Degree" + "Certs" combination. This only excludes many talented people who got their start in IT without having the degree, or the heavily experienced IT person without the certs. Sad but true. I say utilize all your resources to your advantage now before you are forced out of your current job.

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What's in demand

by Kelly2121 In reply to Take advantage of what yo ...

I'm in the process of trying to hone & acquire new skills as well. One method I'm using to narrow down my options, is to browse Monster.com and other job posting sites to see which skills & experience are most sought after as well as highly compensated.

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