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By twimo ·
Hi out there, I've recently completed my diploma in computer systems management (3yrs) and I'm returning in a couple of weeks to do a degree in IT management. My question resides around the fact that the course is academic and covers a large amount of general information, which although providing a basis into the IT industry, not all of the course content will be greatly applicable in the real world. My question is what specific area/s of the IT environment are most essential to be knowledgableabout, in order to get a better start in the real world.

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Read up on CISSP certification

by ghstinshll In reply to IT information

Read up on the CISSP certification as you decide what courses to take, and pass the certification by your time of graduation. These topics will provide you a great guideline for managing in technology, and the certification will prove you have experience to back up your credentials. I believe experience levels are required to achieve CISSP, so that may be a hurdle. Regardless, this is a great guideline for managers.

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All of them.....

by LordInfidel In reply to IT information

There is not just one area that you can concentrate on unfortunately.

IT pro's, at least the good ones, are very well rounded. There are just too many different areas to cover.

The trick is the ability to learn new areas on your own. (which is one of the main reasons I really dislike IT schools, they can not teach you how to teach yourself, a necessity in IT)

If I had to pick one area, it would be Problem Solving.

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It would depend on what you like to do

by SusAlt In reply to IT information

It would depend. What are your interests, or perhaps more importantly, what type of business is most successful in your area (or the area in which you'd like to work). After you figure out where you'd like to work, try to figure out what would be most valuable. For instance, if you are in the Bay Area and want to work for Cisco, study networking and Unix.

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