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leaving army ! integration tips for IT

By gonzo31u ·
Greetings from Baghdad!!
i have been working as a signal system support specialist in the army for 4 years now, i am going to be residing in the canton/akron area in ohio. i have a lot of experience setting up networks in all types of terriable places and i hope to be doing the same work when i get out in feb 04. i have no certifications and im wondering where i should start, and if they are any good companys in my area, i am studying for my network+ but i would like to ask if there is more i should look at first. thanks in advance!
-GONZO- 4/2 ACR US ARMY

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by sgt_shultz In reply to leaving army ! integratio ...

netwok+ very good place to start. then for for mcsa. i would try applying at banks.

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by pittman_jeff In reply to leaving army ! integratio ...

Hi, from Cleveland!!!!!!!!!!

Don't know if you are home yet, and I hope you found some work around here if so (I'm still stuck temp'ing around the area)

I would go for CCNA, it's a well know Cert, right now broken up into 2 managable tests and leaves the door open if you go work for a non MS shop, ( ie... telco, cable internet or a Novel / Linux Shop) and then you can go take Net+ if you wanted to and not need to study much if at all.

Try to find out when the Companies show up at UAkron to recruit and sneek in.

Good luck and feel free to e-mail pittman_jeff@hotmail

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by RknRlKid In reply to leaving army ! integratio ...

Although this isn't a popular subject around here, I will tell you from personal experience is an important factor.

Get some basic certifications. I would suggest A+ and Network+ to start, maybe add Server+ and/or Security+. You can study for these on your own time, then when you get back you can take the tests.

I retired from the military after 21 years. I had been working with PC's since 1987 (I retired in 1999, so I had 12 years experience in hardware and software). Regardless of what anyone else tells you, the goal here is to set yourself apart from the rest of the herd looking for work. Certs are not THE answer, but they are part of it.

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