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Is there a future for IT in North America?

By Bojangles1 ·
I keep hearing mixed sides of the argument on the state of the IT industry. I hear arguments such as there will no entry level jobs in the future due to outsoucing, while some others suggest when the economy improves then there will be a demand for IT professionals.

I've been recently laid off and plan on going back to school. My hope is to get into Network Administrator.

Am I making a mistake and the IT industry is dead, or will there be hope in the next few years?

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The industry is not dead

by SKDTech In reply to Is there a future for IT ...

My bet would be that the short term savings are going to come around and start biting companies in the rear before long. You can only outsource so much and there will always be a need for people who can be on location in relatively short notice. In the meanwhile I recommend going out and getting the experience where you can.

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I keep hearing this but..

by Bojangles1 In reply to The industry is not dead

It sounds mostly theory craft to me. Is there any concrete evidence that companies are shifting this direction?

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Not sure but RRC emails me new starter jobs daily

by Slayer_ In reply to Is there a future for IT ...

Perhaps move to Manitoba, there is lots of programmer jobs here.

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good idea

by kentontator In reply to Is there a future for IT ...

From what it seems like to me(fresh college graduate degree in IT) everyone looking for the entry level programming jobs is out of luck, however I focused on networking/web development and I had no problem getting a job that requires my networking skills

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How much programming is required for network admin?

by Bojangles1 In reply to good idea

Programming was never one of my strong points and I have about 5 months until I go back to school.

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Programming versus software development

by JamesRL In reply to How much programming is r ...

Depends on your definitions.

Network admins don't write software. But many people use the term "program" to describe the setting up/configuring of routers, which network admins do all the time.

Some Network admins may script a repetitive task but thats not like coding in C.

James

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What are the most common certificates for a Network Admin?

by Bojangles1 In reply to Programming versus softwa ...

I understand certificates won't land you a job, but at least they demonstrate you have workable knowledge of whatever the certificate represents.

From the information I gathered, Network+, A+, Security+, CCNA.

Any other certificates? And what about Linux and Novell certificates?

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Primarily Cisco certs

by JamesRL In reply to What are the most common ...

And since so many people are getting them, hopefully some experience in actually doing. Find a place like a non-profit that will let you work for experience (no $$ volunteer) and get some hands on.

James

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Certs are Easy...

by cfrond In reply to What are the most common ...

Work Exp. is hard. I don't place a whole lot of value on certs any more as I can get any cert that?s out there (that doesn't have a lab involved anyways) in a matter of a few days whether or not I've actually messed with the technology or not. So as a hiring manager I don't place much value on them. It's work exp. that counts.

Any decent hiring manager is going to see through your knowledge anyways and what is going to look better?

1.) A person who is certified out the yang but gets stumped on a very easy real-world problem he has never encountered.

or

2.) A person who knows how to handle those problems but doesn't know the "webster's dictionary" term for what he is doing.

I'll give a quick example I used to catch people with at Interviews. Many times I'd have MCSE's, A+, CNE's and yes even CCNA's that I would stump with this one question.

What is the difference between a hub and a switch?

You would be surprised at the amount of those "certified" people who could not really answer this question. However the person who's job it was in the past to take care of these devices would know it instantly whether he was certified or not.

This is just my opinion however don?t let me discourage you form achieving some of those certs if you want to get them. Some jobs will require you to have them anyways.

You want a challenge though go for CCIE, RHCE, CISSP, GIAC, these ones will test your ability to learn AND do.

Have Fun, there is no disadvantage to learning no mater what I say :)

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