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What Colleges Did You Go To?

By bleslie5 ·
Hey everyone...
I am a high school student and I have started to look at colleges that I may apply to...
Does anyone have suggestions at what colleges to look at
(northeasten part of the u.s.)

Or is college really neccesary? Could I get a good job if i had a CCNA
certification and A+ which i plan on having by graduation?


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So what do you want to do with your life

by Vanderlay In reply to What Colleges Did You Go ...

In the words of Mat Foley (Chris Farley Motivational character), "What do you want to do with your life...?" Sounds like you enjoy computers. Do you want to go into Development, DB, Administration or Networking? Answer these questions and then determine what school or path would best fit those needs. There are lots of great Computer Science programs at Universities located in the North East. The hottest debate you will find here is whether or not it "pays" to go to 4 years of school. My opinion is yes it DOES. Good Luck!

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by jjffdd In reply to So what do you want to do ...

I am now >40 and have had quite a variety of jobs. It has been my experience that you will go farther (and faster) if you have a degree. I strongly recommend going to college!

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Go, Go & Go Again

by dickensr In reply to What Colleges Did You Go ...

A well-rounded education from a reputable institution will take you far, no matter what your discipline, and it doesn't necessarily have to be IT-related.

Yes you might get a good job with those certifications, but that should only be a short-term goal. As the years go by, you will find that it's your peers who do have degrees which are the ones being selected for management positions or given increased responsibility for the overall IT architecture. That's why people who have bachelor's and master's/MBAs are generally considered by employers to have better critical thinking skills, and more able to take a larger perspective in making strategic and tactical decisions.

Bottom line is that it's much easier and quicker to train someone in a specific technical skill that is needed, than it is to give them a well-rounded education. An employer wants reliable, smart, trustworthy employees that they can grow over time to lead their company. If they want specific IT skills, chances are they will use contractors.

Hope this helps!

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Excellent statement.

by Vanderlay In reply to Go, Go & Go Again

I couldn't agree more with this statement.

There are some companies (larger fortune 500 types) that will not even consider someone for upper-level management (if this is something you may consider) positions without the BS credentials (at a minimum) with most probably requiring the MS checkbox. As shallow as this may seem, it unfortunately is reality.


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Education is NEVER a waste of time

by T. E. Walker In reply to What Colleges Did You Go ...

Get a degree. As mentioned earlier, it is a pre-requesite in many companies for management. You may think you don't want management now, but if you want any position in the future which requires a degree you will be glad you got it when you did. Certification is being questioned as an indicator of knowledge right now by many managers, and does not provide a lot of background knowledge which a degree would. A degree also shows at least that you have the wherewithal to persevere in obtaining a goal. A technical degree, a business degree, or a management degree would all be good.
In addition, a degree will serve you will in ways you may not anticipate.
Example: At the office holiday party, when your boss is making small talk about therelative values of Kafka and Machiavelli in keeping up company morale, you will know to laugh at his wit. He will appreciate this and you will have gained valuable information concerning his interests and the way his mind works.
Finally, a degree which is obtainable now may be very difficult for you to obtain later. Once you have family responsibilies, or even just a mortgage of your own, returning to obtain a degree you find you need after all may be very hard indeed. Get the sheepskin now.

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Go for the Degree!

by AV8Orr In reply to Education is NEVER a wast ...

I spent most of my time just trying to figure out what I wanted to be when I grew up. I am now 36 and still wonder occasionally. You seem to be ahead of me on that score. I just finished a Masters in Computer Resources and Information Management last May. It is not easy to manage a career (US Army) and family and still attend school.
If cost or grades are not issues, I would recommend a BS and (long term)an MBA with an IT emphasis. Some of the best schools in the nation are in your area... MIT (Sloan school of Business) or Harvard (Both in Boston)are considered to be among the best. If you cannot afford those, any accredited IT program is money well spent. Best of Luck!
Get the accreditations on the side as time permits. Don't fear the long road, the journey is its own reward!

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