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What would be the best start for someone trying to enter IT field cheaply?

By ed13l4 ·
I have lots of experience with computer building and software. I read up and learn as much as I can about computers and networking. I have been unemployed for a while now, and am thinking of switching to IT. Unfortunately, I have used up most of my rainy day funds. I need to figure out best courses to take to get into field, and then take more afterwards to build up resume. What is the best? Take on a certification, then find work there, then add another? Or do you have to actually take on a full AA to start out? I really can't afford that right now... Thanks for any ideas or suggestions. Ed

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A+ Certification would not cost too much

by robo_dev In reply to What would be the best st ...
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Good start

by unhappyuser In reply to A+ Certification would no ...

After I got laid off in 2001, and the economy was in a rut, I had a hard time finding another job. There were few jobs but a lot of people looking. I had several years of IT experience but it wasn't getting anyone interested.

I decided to go the A+/Network+/MSCE track. I worked out a plan with a local training company to take a load of courses over the next 12 months. I got a great deal and even took extra courses when available. It wouldn't have happened if they hadn't pointed me to a student loan program where the courses were paid up front but I didn't have to start paying until after I was done taking the classes.

During that time I worked on the side, subcontracted odd jobs and, finally, got a job near the end of the classes. It was good timing as I was done getting unemployment, had learned a lot and got a good paying job (very close to home).

Look everywhere you can because there are many options out there for you. I wish you luck and hope you find success in getting a job!

EMD

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Consider voluteer work

by CharlieSpencer In reply to What would be the best st ...

Talk to the local United Way office, or tech school IT departments. Ask if they know any charitable organizations that need volunteers to assist with their computers. You'll be able to hone your skills and meet other IT volunteers who are still employed and maybe even looking to hire.

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