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From the Navy to the IT world.

By rastazion23 ·
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Hello everyone,
I was wondering if ya'll could provided me with some information on entering the IT world with a military background but with little IT experience and how that would affect my chances of getting a good job as soon as I get out the Navy. I am looking to specialize in networking. I am going on 8 yrs of active duty and I am a meteorologist and a E6. I know the jump from weather to IT is huge lol. With me being an E6, I am in a leadership position as well as management. So maybe that would have some type of effect that works in my favor. In my line of work we have to have at least the basic knowledge of how a computer work due to the fact that that is all we use to gather our data for weather and formulate a forecast for our missions and operations at the moment. My knowledge of computers go as far as being able to install an OS. And at a couple times, had to connect 2-3 computers onto a LAN. And that is about as far as it goes.I am currently working on my BS of course. I have been looking at jobs online to see what they will require just to get an idea of the road ahead.Pretty much all of them require work experience, atleast a BS in CS or IT, and plenty of certs. How difficult is it to achieve the certs such as CompTIA certifications, CCENT, CCNA R&S, and CCNP? Last but not least is there any advice that ya'll can provide for a newcomer in this field of choice? Thank you very much in advance.

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If I had to select programmers, said Dijkstra,

by john.a.wills In reply to From the Navy to the IT w ...

I would choose them on excellent mastery of their native tongue. You have that, pretty much. As for the certificates, they should really come only on top of degree-level work in mathematics (including computing theory). Of course, I am not sure it is programming to which you aspire, as you say you propose to specialize in networking, but I recommend taking every math and computing-theory course your degree structure allows. Particular languages are not important, so do not bother taking a lot of courses in various languages (an exception to the rule in my previous sentence), just enough that you can take a quick course easily when you have to (making sure you get a paper manual - you will find lots of things you didn't learn in the class). If one of the languages is an assembler language, even though you are unlikely ever to use it, you will learn something important about the nature of computing. I myself have worked in 4 assemblers, 7 command languages and 7 algorithmic languages, but you do not need that kind of knowledge to start. Dijkstra recommended starting with a language not provided in the teaching institution. If you can get into a course using his minilanguage you will probably soon be able to grasp all kinds of fascinating ideas about this field.

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