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Career Change to IT

By eazy ·
Hello everyone,

I have spent several years working in financial services as both a manager and staff person. Along the way I have acquired a variety of IT skills as a necessary part of my job. My primary responsibility over the past several years has been general management rather than IT.

At this point I have no certifications. On the other hand, I have:

- administered a small Win2K network consisting of two servers and twelve desktops
- researched, proposed and acquired server and desktop hardware
- researched, proposed, and assisted in installing and implementing two separate information management systems. One of these allowed the company to reduce its required full-time positions from eight to six
- Developed and monitored financial projections, business plans, and financial reports
- Supported hardware and software for my office.

I think have a pretty good knowledge of IT management in a small setting, but this knowledge is more wide than deep.

- For what kind of positions should I look?
- What would be the best certification to pursue first?

Many thanks for the time.


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by InXale In reply to Career Change to IT

Hi Eric

ITIL would be a good cert to acquire if you want to stay in the IT Management arena. Also acquiring and MCSA 2000/2003 would not hurt, get the SQL exam (70-228), if you can continue get the CCNA.


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by O/Siris In reply to Career Change to IT

I would actually disagree at this point that MC* certs are a best first step. That is, if management is your goal, since you've already got some identifiable management experience.

For certs, ITIL sounds good, though. As does Project Management certs from PMI or other good agency. I would look for "big picture" certs like that. Cisco certs are almost all aimed at the actual I.T. workers, as are the Microsoft ones, IMO (of course). If you're looking to become an I.T. worker, then they are much more appropriate.

Now, having said all that, as tight as the I.T. job market is right now, you might not even be able to get into an I.T. management job without those certs. But it really depends on your goals.

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