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By kptclutch ·
Hey there,

This is my first post and I'm looking forward to spending a quite a bit of time here reading up a lot of the subjects found here. I've spent the majority of my 23 year life on computers doing graphic design and learning as much as possible about computer systems and security.

I have been working in the graphic design world getting out of debt for the last year. As of earlier this month, I have succeeded in just that. I am now in the process of returning to school, which brings me to my first question:

I am looking into attending Kennesaw State University for IT Security. Should I continue forward with this, or should I be looking into certifications?

Any and all advice would be greatly appreciated!

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Just Advice

by edwardspratt In reply to Education Advice

You will find that an education is great and helps move up in a business...

let's say you get a degree in computer science, where is that job?

If your business is likely to need your new skills, certifications would be the answer. If your business is likely to want you to move to management, a BS is better.

The truth is that certifications carry more weight than a BS if you are looking for an entry level position.

Having a BS allows you to continue to the management fields but who would hire a new student to run their business?

I have hired people in the IT field and to me, an entry level position needs to have a person that knows the basics... certifications show that knowledge. If I hired someone with a BS, I would be doing so in expectations that they would become management but would want them to have certifications anyway as that helps the business name *certified personnel onsite* means a lot more for a business than *um... we have some people with a BS*

Tell me if I am off the wall.

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I like off the wall

by kptclutch In reply to Just Advice

All great advice. This kind of stuff is exactly what I was looking for!

I've been trying to find the strengths and weakness of a BS vs Certs. I would honestly like to move forward with both but now am trying to find the first step toward my goal of Security expert.

Although I'm pretty scared. This is the first time i've ever really stepped out of my 'comfort zone' and into the real world. Education that is.....I've lived in a small town in North Georgia where I haven't ventured into the city very often.

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Does the school offer certificates along the way...

by NI70 In reply to I like off the wall

to your degree? I had been working towards an associates degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, from their Information Technology Specialist program. Within that program they offer courses that you can earn CompTIA certifications, such as the A+ and Network+.

I've got along way to obtain my goal, as I've been taking classes when time allows. In the mean time my employer offers to pay for training, and I attended Network+ training and a few weeks later I earned my Network+ Certified Professional certificate. I attended Security+, but failed the exam.

Any way look into seeing if the college offers something similar to where you can obtain professional certification while attending.

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Welcome to TR

by NickNielsen In reply to Education Advice

Given your interest in security, you may wish to sign up for the IT Security newsletter. Just click on the "My Newsletters" link at the top right of the page, make your selections, and click Update at the bottom of the page. Don't forget to clear the checkboxes for newsletters in which you aren't interested.

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Thanks

by kptclutch In reply to Welcome to TR

I appreciate your reply. I am almost beside myself at how both of the replies to my request have been constructive!

I'm pumped to have found a forum where I may actually be able to ask questions and learn from the replies!

Thanks again,

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TR is special

by NickNielsen In reply to Thanks

It's not only a site for tech, but a site for techs, and probably the original social network. If you have the time, spend a week or so just browsing the forums. We have a very active off-topic forum here at TR, so don't be surprised at some of the topics you might see.

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Variety vs. Timing

by b4real Contributor In reply to Education Advice

My thoughts are to continue on the curriculum in which you are currently enrolled; and possibly concurrently get certifications, training and experience in your area of interest. Maybe also supplement that with a minor or elective courses in the area of interest.

Finish the program you are in as quickly as possible.

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