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hi i am looking into the it field to start a career. i am very knowledgeable about computers and the o/s systems that windows has. i have looked into the microsoft certs. and found the one that i want(mcdst) but the programs and test are way to expensive for me ant this time. does anyone know where i can get free or next to nothing training in this field? my goal is to work for microsoft(dream).

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by CG IT In reply to carreer start

well there's always college and financial aid. Overall "life" wise, getting a bacholars degree [assuming you don't have one] and following up with a post grad degree will benefit you throughout your life than any other form of post high school education.

Most people don't spend their entire lives in the field they pursued in college [scientists, MDs, tend to be the exception but even then some follow other interests either midlife or after being in their field 20 to 25 years]

bottom line, Get a degree.

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by tigers7612 In reply to carreer start

thank you very much. it is just harder for me to go to school for something i love to do with the five kids i have. i guess for now i will keep reading on the materials i find and reading everything on microsoft.

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by DC_GUY In reply to carreer start

There are many people who disagree with ADUDE about the value of a college education. For the greatest chance of a six-figure income with the lowest risk of being automated or offshore-outsourced into unemployment, your best bet is to apprentice yourself to a plumber -- an occupation that doesn't even require a high school diploma. They're desperate for apprentices; American kids all think they're going to be investment bankers even though they can't make change for a one dollar bill without a calculator.

For what a university education costs, a person could start a small business. (Like a plumbing shop, many of which are for sale.)

Get a college education if you want it, if you think you'll enjoy it, if you're passionate about everything you'll learn there. But don't become one more of the endless string of burned-out twentysomethings who don't really like school but keep going because they hope it will make them successful and/or rich later. There are lots of people with impressive educations and no jobs -- particularly in IT (in the USA). They're all wishing they'd spent their 21st birthday skiing the Alps instead of dissecting a fish brain.

Frankly I am very reluctant to recommend an IT career to young Americans. IT in the 2000s looks like automobiles in the 1960s. An industry that the USA dominated for decades has matured to the point that it is arguably no longer viable here. The improvements that IT needs to grow from a medieval craft into an engineering discipline -- such as reliability, standardization, and upward compatibility -- are the same things the auto industry needed 40 years ago, and they're not things that we American cowboys are good at.

As for Microsoft, be careful. To me it looks an awful lot like the Detroit auto factories in the 1960s. You're going to start seeing entire countries dumping the Windows architecture.

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