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    Getting a job in IT

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    by edrew1994 ·

    Hey everyone,

    I am currently getting my AS in Computer Network Technology with a concentration in Network Security. I graduate in about 8 months and I will begin looking for a job.

    My question to everyone on here is: Do I need to get my certs (Network+, A+, Sec+, Cloud+, etc) on top of my AS or will the AS be plenty in order to land a job in the field?

    I ask this because I’ve had instructors give me different answers. Some say you don’t some say you do and some even say all you need are your certs. I do have an internship I will be completing in my final semester, I was hoping to land a job from that, but I can’t rely on that happening.

    I appreciate everyones input!

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      by birdmantd ·

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      The more you can add to your resume related to your field of choice is a good thing. I graduated from college in 1990 with an IS (Information Systems) minor (no major at the time at my university) and I believe it was a handicap for me to get into the field later on. I am not suggesting that you need too many certifications, just pick one or more to add to your resume.

      From my experience, even just one additional certification makes you more marketable to a future employer.

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        by mabnozicka ·

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        If you want a part-time job as an IT specialist, you don’t need proof of competence.

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      Depends on the qualification of your job

      by kepion ·

      In reply to Getting a job in IT

      Some HR or vacancies write the certs as ‘required’, however imho, I think better to attach your certs to show your capability

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      by Simply Shuvam ·

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      In the IT field, both degrees and certifications hold value, but they serve different purposes. An Associate Degree demonstrates that you’ve had comprehensive exposure to the field. Certifications like Network+, A+, Sec+, Cloud+ etc., on the other hand, indicate specialized expertise in specific areas of IT.

      While an AS degree can definitely help you land a job, the IT industry places a high value on certifications. They often serve as proof of your technical skills and knowledge, and can significantly boost your employability.

      My suggestion is to consider the job roles you’re interested in, look at their requirements, and use that as a guide. For example, if you’re looking into Network Security, a certification like Sec+ would be valuable. Your internship will also give you practical experience, which is highly regarded by employers.

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      by aairahn0 ·

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      Congratulations on pursuing your AS in Computer Network Technology with a concentration in Network Security! It’s an exciting field to be in, and I can understand your concern about the importance of certifications alongside your degree.

      In my opinion, having both your AS and relevant certifications can significantly enhance your chances of landing a job in the field. While the AS degree provides you with a solid foundation and theoretical knowledge, certifications demonstrate your practical skills and validate your expertise to potential employers. They can act as a distinguishing factor among candidates and make you stand out in a competitive job market.

      Considering that you have instructors with differing opinions, it might be beneficial to weigh the pros and cons of obtaining certifications in your specific area of interest within network security. Research the job requirements of the roles you aspire to and see if they place emphasis on any particular certifications. This will help you make an informed decision on which certifications to pursue, such as Network+, A+, Sec+, Cloud+, or others that align with your career goals.

      Additionally, having an internship experience in your final semester is a fantastic opportunity to gain practical experience and make valuable connections. It can certainly boost your chances of securing a job, but it’s always wise to be proactive and explore other avenues simultaneously.

      Best of luck with your studies, certifications, and job search journey! Feel free to keep us updated on your progress. Cheers!

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      by bensondoorrepair ·

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      Industry Standards: Some job positions in the IT and network security field may list specific certifications as requirements in their job postings. For example, many employers may look for candidates with CompTIA certifications like Network+, Security+, and A+ as a baseline for certain roles.

      Competitive Edge: In a competitive job market, having certifications can give you an advantage over other candidates with similar qualifications. Certifications demonstrate your commitment to learning and acquiring specialized knowledge, which can be attractive to employers.

      Practical Knowledge: Certifications often focus on practical skills and real-world scenarios, which can complement the theoretical knowledge gained through your academic program. This can be especially beneficial when applying for jobs that require hands-on experience.

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