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Which Path To Take?

By harry.kazarian ·
Hello:

I currently have a BSEET degree from DeVry and 5 years experience as an Equipment Technician in the Semiconductor business. I want to pursue a career in IT as a Network/Systems Engineer or Administrator. I have no formal experience. ShouldI go back to school and get a BSIT, or just an MCSE Certification, or even a MSCIS? Would I be wasting valuable time getting another BS degree when I already have one? Would an MS degree overqualify me? Every non IT person has a different opinion. Ihave been racking my brains. Can someone please set me straight on which path to take? I would really appreciate it.

Thank you,

HK

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Here is what I have done:

by Shanghai Sam In reply to Which Path To Take?

I only have a year of college under my belt. I wanted to have a career without spending another 4 years in school, scraping by. I heard about MCSE a little over a year ago, and thought this might be the answer I was looking for. So I took the plunge, and spent $6500 for classes. I think the classes were good for me since I had no real experience. However, now that I know what I am doing, I would not pay for them again. (I would go to more classes if an employer paid for them.)

Despite all the hype about how much money you can make with MCSE and others, I went into this with a more practical outlook on what it would take to make "the big bucks". I started out working in a server room, monitoring servers. (very basic and boring) This gave me a start and after 6 months I started working for a contract company at HP doing desk side support. I have been here for 8 months and now I support 120+ users by myself. I now have enough on my resume that I am looking to find the next jobto compliment my skills further. I figure that within the next year I will be very close to $50 G's a year, and it will only get better from there.

To make a long story short. If you want to make a career out of networking, I say DO NOT discredit the proper certs. However, you must realize that they don't hold much weight until you have some good hands on jobs experience. The two together can be very powerful when looking for a job. You also have a tech related BS. This will also help you get the higher paying networking jobs.

It is hard work, and you have to be motivated to personal study. But you will be able to have a nice, stable career in much less time than it takes to get a 4-year degree. (not that college is bad). I has worked for me and it can work for you.

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