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Systems Administrator career direction

By genebygenegerrit ·
Thanks in advance for any helpful replies to my question. I'm trying to make a career change to working in IT, potentially as a systems administrator, and I would appreciate any feedback in terms of advice on how to do this and if my plan is "do-able". My plan in short is to get enough certifications until someone will hire me.

I've been learning to work with servers on a virtual lab I set up and I passed the CompTIA A+ and Microsoft Technology Associate - Server Fundamentals certifications. I should be able to get the MCSA certification in the next few months.

Is it likely to get a systems administrator job with certifications alone and self-training? In terms of certifications, would it be more likely with MCSA in Windows Server 2012, CompTIA A+, and MTA than just CompTIA A+ and MTA? I'm still relatively young though I have a Master's Degree in Molecular Genetics, and not much IT job experience. I tried to get help-desk jobs but I am guessing I'm over-qualified as they don't respond. Thanks.
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by Mike_Cartwright In reply to Systems Administrator car ...

Here's a helpful Youtube video I found for you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JK4LdOhcNHI

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by Lisa_TEK In reply to Systems Administrator car ...

Hi Gene, I asked one of our network infrastructure recruiters about your question and here's what he said: While nothing trumps work experience, taking initiative to get IT certifications with your own time and money shows you're serious about making a transition. In terms of certifications, if you can achieve MCSA in Windows Server 2012 without any experience, that would definitely turn some heads. I'd recommend finding a creative way to highlight any work done in a lab setting on your resume. While cover letters aren't typically needed for IT jobs, yours is a case when a letter could help employers understand why you're pursuing jobs unrelated to your degree. Working with a recruiter who can tell your story to employers helps, and you might consider contracting as a way to break into the field. Finally, reach out to your network and let them know your goal. Nearly 80% of jobs are found through networking and not job boards. Best of luck to you!

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