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How do I start?

By saginawj ·
Hi all,

I am interested in becomming an IT professional, specifically a systems analyst/engineer. Only problem: I have no idea where to begin training. I currently have a bachelors degree in psychology (hardly worth the paper its written on).Is it worth going back to school for another bachelors in MIS or CIS? Should I invest time and money in getting certified in A+/Network+/MCSE, or is there a better route? What about getting a masters down the line? Is it possible to get the big money jobs without a bachelors/masters in the field? I obviously am very confused and would love any imput. Thanks a lot.

Jon

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Computer Literacy is First

by Al Macintyre In reply to How do I start?

I make a good living as a computer programmer analyst & the highest academic degree I have is AA ... you have a better degree than I do. Why did you select that as your major if that was not your chosen profession?

Lots of people leave high school & go into computer science because they believe that there are big bucks to be made there ... I think there are bigger bucks to be made in Engineering or Management. Then they drop out fast when they discover that computer science is not the subject they thought it was.

But we have to start somewhere, and very few people have the talent to start at the top.

Would you take a series of classes in Political Science & expect that when you graduate you could immediately move on to become President of the USA?

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Starting

by jaley In reply to How do I start?

I have a degree in Political Science, but made the choice to pursue IT instead. I think that more importantly than training, is just getting your foot in the employment door. I started out with good basic computer knowledge, as a Help Desk coordinator in Chicago. But, along with that duty, I was able to get involved with network installations, NetWare 5 upgrades, etc..., and before I knew it, I had my CNA, and am pursuing my CNE. Basically you just need to get your foot in the door, and usually the chips will fall for you eventually.

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Never Too Late!

by www.bob2k In reply to Starting

Asking a question like you did will always get two responses. The good, the bad, but I believe that you should good for it, because it's always go to go where you are going to be happy. I changed my career into computers six months ago; and I might not be a expert on it yet, but I do feel that I'm headed in the right direction. Yet, remember in this field you never know it all. Good Luck.

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Never Too Late!

by www.bob2k In reply to Starting

Asking a question like you did will always get two responses. The good, the bad, but I believe that you should good for it, because it's always good to go where you are going to be happy. I changed my career into computers six months ago; and I might not be a expert on it yet, but I do feel that I'm headed in the right direction. Yet, remember in this field you never know it all. Good Luck.

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Been there

by DrDan0 In reply to How do I start?

I to am in the process of changing careers to I.T. After talking with a lot of different people on how to "break in" to the buisness it seems starting out with A+ may be a good place to start. It's not really that hard, and helps to open doors if only a crack. You may want to discuss it with a carrer counseler as to various coarses you can take without going the whole degree route to achive your goals. It amazes me how many schools offer coarses in A+, programming etc. That plus your degree mayhelp you land an entry level position (you have to crawl before walking) and many companies out there have continued education programs.
Never give up! If one company is not interested go to the next, and keep pestering every company you apply for,and don't be disappointed if the first company you get your feet with is not a fortune 500. If you keep your determintation you can only succeed. (sorry if I sound like a motivational coach)
Good Luck.
Dan

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