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Career help!!!!

By Johnfinley ·
I am currently 21 years old and have four solid years of computer experience. I work for a computer consulting company making $15.00/hour doing system administrator work at three different locations. I currently have 24 college credits and have an MCP certificate. I am pondering on the thought of just going back to school full time for an E-business degree or looking for a better paying job. Any thoughts or comments would help me out big time.

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Go for it

by DC_GUY In reply to Career help!!!!

University degrees are a real paradox these days. On the one hand, there are quite a few people who have them and don't seem to have learned anything, tempting one to say that they're not worth the trouble. On the other hand, I believe you will find that it is not easy to get a good job without one, tempting one to say that you should get yours at any cost. The fact that you're considering going back full time implies that you have parents or some other means of support so it won't be a dreadful, exhausting, impoverished experience. You might even be one of the lucky students who have a really good time and emerge as a changed person. I'd say go for it. It's definitely one of those things that you should do as young as possible. Your brain is more receptive so you can learn more quickly and easily. Your body is strong so you can withstand the pace and the workload. You don't have a family of your own depending on your income (and your free time). Sure lots of people get degrees in their thirties and forties -- and every one of them will tell you how bloody hard it was. Do it now. Two words of advice: 1. Considering that many college graduates really don't seem to have learned much of anything, do your best not to be one of them. Choose the school, the major, the courses, and the professors, so that you will learn as much as possible. 2. Go back to the "choose your major" part of the previous sentence. Educational fads come and go, so don't get caught in one. I'm too old and out of touch to tell you whether e-business is a good degree with a high probability of retaining its value over time. Put the effort into acquiring a couple of really savvy advisors to help you with this decision. Don't assume that you should get a degree in what you're doing right now. IT changes so quickly, many people find that what they learned about it in school is irrelevant five years after graduation. A regular non-E business degree has always been an asset. Mine is in accounting, from the pre-computer days no less, yet I still use what I learned about business and economics in general almost every day, and it still moves my resume closer to the top of the stack. Furthermore, a four-year degree, in almost any field of substance, from a decent university, is simply evidence that you have an IQ of at least 120 plus the discipline and maturity to accomplish a goal. Given that, and your youth, you might consider whether there's something outside of IT that you love, and go study that. Hint: America is absolutely desperate for people who can read and understand Arabic and other Mideastern languages, for obvious reasons of national security. Yet American students steadfastly refuse to study them. This is a genuine crisis waiting for people to solve it and it's not going away soon. You could vastly widen your "opportunity wedge" and greatly improve your income prospects by being not only an IT expert, but fluent in Farsi.

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Great Information

by Johnfinley In reply to Go for it

Thank you very much DC_Guy. This is great information and I appreciate the time you have put into this reply. I think I need to start thinking outside the box(IT) and shoot for the college degree. You made some fine points and you really clarified many issues. I think many people will agree with your comments. Again I thank you.

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a better idea than IT

by ZenWarp In reply to Career help!!!!

get into BIO Tech more of a future in that at least until they bring the H1B's an L1's for those jobs too.

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versatility is key

by kevin In reply to Career help!!!!

Hi John,

Continuing your education is always very good and especially if the education is around your IT discipline. Become more versatile at your current work place, if your responsibilities involve doing installs, config, troubleshooting on systems then try taking on small project management tasks. Learn multiple systems E.g. Linux, Solaris, HPUX etc. learn kernel level languages such as C++. Work on being extremely valuable, diversified and versatile in your arena. I prefer to see practical experience applied when I recruit IT Professionals like you.

The better Job & Money will come, but first make yourself Marketable and Valuable.

Kevin

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