Changing Career to IT, Where Do I Start?

By fstich ·
Just retired from the Navy after 22 years and I want to start a career in IT. I have a degrees in Chemical and Environmental Engineering. What certifications should I pursue to start my career in IT?



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by dspeacock In reply to Changing Career to IT, Wh ...

There is no right answer to this question. What is right for one is not for another. The first thing you have to do is sit down and figure out which PART of IT you want to work in. Once you decide that important part, you're halfway there. You have the degrees, now it's just a matter of the hands on experience and the certs in your chosen field.

Personally, I think the security and audit field is the place to be, and that's where my focus has been for many years (with numerous detours along the way).

Think of what you like to do, ask questions and go from there. This forum is a good place to ask specific questions, or even start a discussion on the relative merits of various parts of the IT field. People here are NOT shy about putting their $0.02 worth in. (and this is a good thing). If I can answer any specific questions, send me a message.

Good Luck


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Thanks Dave

by fstich In reply to Where Do I Start


Thanks! What I really like to do is write code. But my guess is that I will need some certifications to get my foot in the door. I'm thinking of starting with the Cisco CCNA and Microsoft MCSA and MCSE certifications.

What do you think?


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by dspeacock In reply to Thanks Dave


I'm not a programmer/coder so I'm not really sure what direction that path should take you as far as training/certs go.

As regards the MS certs, the MCSE seems to be the one most employers are looking for, more as a benchmark that anything else, for anything from helpdesk on up to network admin. (I'm still not a fan of either due to the way they were in the past..paper certs needing no experience, but supposedly that has changed). The CCNA is a good cert to have as far as networking, and admin go, as well as a good start in the security side. It is one of the harder tests out there, so if you are going to try it, learn TCP/IP and subnetting until you can do them in your sleep. (and make sure your reference material is for the current test...they change quite often)



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