Silly Question?

By Anpadh ·
OK. Here we go. I am not a techie and never have been. I do enjoy working with computers and learning about them but I know zip about hardware -- and when I say zip, I am probably overstating my knowledge. I know a little bit about software but only a little more than the average non-techie, not nearly enough to be considered anything near being a software expert.

Now, here's the thing. I want to change my field. I am an English teacher. I want to switch over to the computer field. Money is the main reason. I won't deny that. But also, over the years, I have been failing to develop crucial educational tools simply because I don't understand computers. My research tells me that the future lies, not so much in a particular software, but in managing systems and networks. All software, ultimately, needs to work with the hardware, while the hardware can always adapt or ignore most types of software.

I have decided to work toward the CCIE certification. I know it takes a great deal of knowledge and several years of work. I know it is fairly expensive too. I know I need to get CCENT and CCNA certification and other certifications, en route to the CCIE. All of the comments I have read on this board state that it is damn near impossible to pass the CCNA test without actually working in the field before taking the test.

And that is what leads to my silly question: How do I get an IT job without any certification? It seems to be a Catch-22 situation. I need certification to get the job but I cannot possibly pass the certification test unless I already have a job.

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What exactly did you do in the print trade, both b4 and aftr IT change?

by Slayer_ In reply to Those who can - do. Thos ...

I am curious.

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Have a read at my Profile ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to What exactly did you do i ...

It's a bit like Google for TR.

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Wow, lets recap.

by rob mekel In reply to Silly Question?

What previous posters are trying to say to you is: It's not easy to get into IT at the moment. That is ... not even to skilled IT-staf.

They're not saying it's impossible but ... hard to do.

As you say it's a catch-22 situation ... wel it's worse then that ... it a death-end-catch-22 situation.

Maybe in a few years time it will be ok ... as if you're willing to wait an other 2 to 4 years ... meanwhile you can catch up on your lack of knowledge ... be our guesst.

And as Old Mycroft said:
"better to be a has-been, than to be a never-was"
Meaning, as I see it, by all means do try to purchase your dreams ... go for it.

edited for a cruelty on the underlining

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looking for pipe dreams, not reality

by jdclyde In reply to Wow, lets recap.

I gave him a very clear outline of what it would take to ATTEMPT going for the CCIE, but it didn't matter.

There is a reason there are not a lot of CCIE's running around.

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by SKDTech In reply to Silly Question?

You get an IT job the same way as you get any other. Look for entry level opportunities and submit your resume. Meanwhile, take classes and start studying for the certification exams. When you feel comfortable with the subject material go out and actually take the exams. If/when you should fail the exams go back to the books and study some more.

Good luck and godspeed, if you truly have the inclination for IT you can go far. If not you will be miserable til you can change careers again.

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My 2 bobs worth

by Jacky Howe In reply to Silly Question?

From what I see you are going for IT for the wrong reasons. Computer Systems have been around for a long time now and it seems funny to me that you just picked IT and not Accounting or Law for that matter.
I started out labouring, building fences, digging ditches and moved on to plant and machinery. I have always been mechanically minded and restoring old vehicles took up a lot of time in my younger years. I found myself retrenched and was given a choice to do a course in electronic book-keeping.
I suddenly found another interest and that was with Computers. I never was backward in coming forward when it came to stripping something down to see how it works and with some guidence from my father inlaw it was no time before I was repairing Systems. I never in my wildest dreams ever thought that I would be involved in IT.
It actually started for me as a hobby and then it took over. Now I have a passion for what I do and achieve and all of it came about because I volunteered my services. I was offered a part time job which I gladly accepted and it went on from there.
It's nice to earn money for what you do but if your heart isn't in it you won't get far. As for qualifications I have completed a couple of basic courses at the local TAFE so I'm basically self taught. I do a heck of a lot of reading and experimenting on test Systems. I try my best to keep up with the current trends. Whatever you decide to do it will be a hard slog with no real experience. Good luck.

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It is dumb

by jdclyde In reply to My 2 bobs worth

It would be like me saying I want to be a surgeon because I hear they make a lot of money....

The wrong reason to pick a high end job.

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Oh no - and there was me thinking it was because ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to It is dumb

They could spend their entire lives playing 'Doctors & Nurses'.

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]:) That would be

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Oh no - and there was me ...

the only reason I'd want to be a doctor. Or a nurse for that matter...

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the reason to be a nurse/doctor

by jdclyde In reply to ]:) That would be

to fill my fantasies of having the hot nurse, for a change.....

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