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Starting From Scratch

By Bulgaro_in_Biloxi ·
Hi all, thanks for reading. I'm a disabled veteran wanting to train in the Networking Technologies field.My question is what college courses and or any other certification one would need to be sucsesful in this job market? I would not mind going to college for four years if that's what it takes. I have to provide my V.A.vocational rep.Information gathered from my research if not they won't approve my schooling. So any help on how to get started on a new career in networking technologies will begreatly apreciated.
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Jorge Savoff
Biloxi MS
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by uffe.sommerlund In reply to Starting From Scratch

Hi there

If I where u and had the oportunity that some one
pays for the schooling I would first take the CCNA then CCNP then Microsoft MCP,MCSE

If you want a valid job in this business...
you can find a book CCNA at:

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From scratch

by DukeBytes In reply to Starting From Scratch

1st off - and you may have already answered this... Do you have an interest in computers/networking?? That better be a very big YES. This isn't easy. Most computer types that you know are people that have ripped apart a few computers and fixed them and wrote a couple of programs that are pretty cool and can burn anything that moves to CD. This is a very very narrow view of the computer world. But a popular one. Believe me - it is a lot more involved than installing NT and coming up with some cool Excel spreadsheets. A lot more involved. You?re going to HAVE to know all about this stuff to keep it online. And its very hard work most of the time. Weekends, late nights, all niters etc? It can be very fun ? I love it ? but this is the reality of it.

If you are serious about it and you are really into it - go to school. Get the 4 year degree. Find any local 4 year school around you and get the info you need from them for the VA loan people. Most schools these days have a networking option within the CS or CIS degree. During your 3rd or 4th semester start working on the CCNA certification from Cisco and the CompTIA stuff (A+ Net+ Server+ etc...).

The certification stuff is a big help - but I have been in the biz for about 18 years and hold several certifications - and have been snubbed for good jobs because I only have a 2 year degree. Please - get the BS - you need it.

If you?re not serious about computers and your just doing this because you think you can make a LOT of money in this industry. DON'T do it - period. Find something that you really enjoy doing and go to school for it - the money will come.

If you do decide to ?go for it? a four year degree and 3 or 4 certifications will give youa really good start. Experience is by far the best teacher ? so look for a school that has a good internship placement program. And you should be set.

I wish you well,

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Do what you enjoy

Networking technologies are very broad and no one can be an expert at everything. Select those areas that you find most enjoyable and become good at it. Look for areas that will grow in the future (growing job demand).

Being capable is the mostimportant (regardless of degrees or certifications).

Enable yourself to adapt quickly to new technologies and techniques (or you will find yourself obsolete).

Degrees and certifications will help in the job search because people will assess that you have the capabilities that are normally associated with them. There are some people that will discriminate against you if you do not have them regardless of your actual capabilities.

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How to be successful?

by JimBb In reply to Starting From Scratch

Hi Jorge,

It has been said here, you have to have a genuine interest in what you're about to take on. But I'm not so sure about the trainings and educations. Certifications and educations prove nothing more than that you have answered theoretical questions.

What matters is that you can show a company that you can help them become (more) profitable. A degree doesn't prove that. A certification doesn't prove that. Those things get you through HR's filter, and that's it.

Having said all that, if you want to start somewhere, you better do it with some solid theoretical basis. But what I mean is this: don't place your bets on just that. Certs and educ will NOT make you successful in this market. Play around with tools and technologies you like. Do some jobs on the side, that is what will give you the valuable experience that is the difference between someone with a certification, and an IT pro. Help some organisation for free. Build a website. Troubleshoot someone's mailserver.

It's those things that will, for starters, show you which part of Networking you like most. And second, it will give you the broad experience that will make the difference between a certification holder and an IT pro.

One more thing:don't listen to what you *should* do. Listen to your guts, and do what you *like* to do. Get experienced ?nd trained in that, and even if it is not a fancy certification, the nice jobs and money will come all by itself in due time.

Novell CNE
IT experience: 13 years.
Education: cookery.

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