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I need some advise on retraining for an IT career

By natepickle ·
I have been told certifications are more important than a college degree in this area. How does one get started training for an I T job?, if you go certification route you have to have the experience first correct? What are the entry level salaries?

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Not correct...

by jmgarvin In reply to I need some advise on ret ...

I'd say when people are hiring they look for:
1) Experience
2) Education (including formal education and certs)
3) General business knoweldge
4) Personality
5) Work ethic

To break into IT you need to eat it for a few years in a crap job. You gotta start somewhere, think of it as a resume builder. Make sure you have a title that is close to what you really want to do.

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by natepickle In reply to Not correct...

how much does a crap job pay i am 38 with 2 children? and what is the best field to go in? I think security might be interesting but i really dont know whats out there.

you need to eat it for a few years in a crap job. You gotta start somewhere, think of it as a resume builder. Make sure you have a title that is close to what you really want to do.

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It won't pay much, at best $40k/year (YMMV based on location)

by jmgarvin In reply to reply

As for the best field, decide on something you like. If you like security, get into it. Just be advised it may be a little hard to break into.

Don't pick the job based on entry pay, pick the job based on what you want to do.

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for security positions in I.T.

by Jaqui In reply to reply

The college / University training is only a foundation of the technology, the real security training is all certification type.

a "bootcamp" style conference course, building on existing IT knowledge, starts at around $3,000 US for a 5 day course.

The type of knowledge that will best fit the security work is network / system admin / engineer. Security is focused on securing networks or systems, or both. Usually both in practice, even if only designated for network.

A good source of information about security, and a guide to getting the knowledge and skills needed to start training is sans.org

They are a training organization for security.

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how to find what i like

by natepickle In reply to for security positions in ...

I am just starting to look into IT and dont know all the different areas of possibilities. Is there a place to find out what diff. types of careers there are in IT? How do I find out if I like them ? just trying them ?

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well, the options

by Jaqui In reply to how to find what i like

for the tags for discussions and questions here on TR are broad categories for what is in I.T.

Read the blogs here on the different topics, while most aren't technical, they cover the issues faced in each area.

which ones actually catch your interest gives you something to use as a jumping off point in a google search for more detailed information.

My own definition of what constitutes I.T. is pretty broad, since it includes the "help desk" for software support, systems level programming, application programming, website DEVELOPMENT [ design is the artist, and is NOT I.T. in my opinion. ] Network design and engineering, Database design, administration, and it includes maintaining everything in these areas.

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