IT Career Advice

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  1. RynoISU

    RynoISU New Member

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    My wife and I are moving back to Des Moines in the next few months, and I am looking to get a full time job in the IT field. I do not have any formal education or certifications in IT, but I do have a degree in another field. My current job requires me to do a lot of IT-related tasks, (dekstop/server management, hardware/software troubleshooting, etc.) so I would say that I have more experience than the average joe, but still have a ways to go. Hopefully, I can get a decent, entry level job that allows me to get more experience and eventually some certifications. If anyone has any advice, suggestions, or job leads, they would be greatly appreciated as I am relatively green when it comes to this field.

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    cs6804 Member

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  3. azepp

    azepp Well-Known Member

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    Weren't you looking for an insurance job recently? Are you looking for an IT job in the insurance industry?
     
  4. 3TrueFans

    3TrueFans Well-Known Member

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    I would think you'd be able to find a help desk type position without certifications and what not, maybe an IT job with a company related to your degree.
     
  5. RynoISU

    RynoISU New Member

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    I apologize if my posts are too self-serving for this board. If they are, feel free to ignore them. I just feel like this is a good community of people in Central Iowa to gauge some opinions.

    I have insurance experience with a former job, so I am still keeping that option open, but recently I have been thinking about parlaying my experience into an IT job, since most companies seem to have plenty of IT jobs available. An ideal situation would be one where I can take advantage of both skill sets.
     
  6. Wesley

    Wesley Well-Known Member

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    Get some certifications.
     
  7. RynoISU

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    Are there any that you suggest? I don't even know where to start.
     
  8. HandSanitizer

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    #8 HandSanitizer, Mar 18, 2011
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    Here is what I wouuld do.

    Get A+ and Network + Certified. It will cost you some time and a couple hundred bucks, but will get your resume higher in the pile if you know what I mean.

    If you want a leg up you may want to look at MCTS Win7 also.
    Lots of companies wanting to upgrade to Windows 7 soon.

    I have hired entry level IT jobs in the past and the 3 things I looked for were education, A+, N+. I would use those items to get 500 resumes to a few.
    Then I create a list of 3-5 to interview.
    Then make the decision on all items combined. (along with the panel)

    Good luck man! Sell yourself and be confident.
     
  9. RynoISU

    RynoISU New Member

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    Thanks for the info. That gives me a good place to start. Are the certifications you mentioned ones where I need to take a class, or do I just get the study materials and take the test?

    My wife already has a job lined up, and if I end up being jobless for a while, I might try to knock those out sooner rather than later.
     
  10. greatshu

    greatshu Well-Known Member

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    You def need some type of education or certification if you want real IT job. Employers may go after newly IT related grads with less experience because they can hire them cheaper. You will need to match your experience with education/certification.
     
  11. azepp

    azepp Well-Known Member

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    No apology needed. IT is a big field and I was trying to get a feel for what you might be interested in.

    I agree with what the others said about getting certifications. Not only will it help you market yourself, but it will also help you identify specific areas you enjoy or want to avoid. Browse available online job postings and see what certifications they're asking for to help you identify what the market demands.
     
  12. Cy4Patriots

    Cy4Patriots Well-Known Member

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    Every company is different, but the company I work for doesn't care for certifications, obviously they're not a bad thing, but not something that really is a make or break.

    They live by the, "you may be good at taking tests, but can you handle the real world" motto. Which is true to an extent, you may be able to study given problems, but not all problems can be studied before hand. Also, much of the "helpdesk" jobs are working with customers and you have to be really good with people, which believe it or not is not always a given.

    Also, lots of PATIENCE are necessary. :yes:
     
  13. tec71

    tec71 Well-Known Member

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    This is good advice. There are lots out there with education and experience in that particular field. You will need some certifications, not as much to prove that you knwo the stuff, but more so to show that you are indeed really trying to move into that field.
     
  14. TykeClone

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    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nn2FB1P_Mn8&NR=1]YouTube - IT Crowd - Have You Tried Turning It Off And On Again?[/ame]
     
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    My brother in law makes a pretty good living at IT work without a degree at all. My wife has another cousin with a 2 year degree in a similar situation. Degree requirements don't seem to be quite as high in that area as some.
     
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  17. brianhos

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    Certifications are nice, but one good thing to do is get hooked up with a temp agency and have them toss you into some basic servicedesk/helpdesk type positions to get some experience. I have hired 2 temps this last year and then offered them full time positions once their temp contract was up. It is a great way for me to try before I buy.

    IT is a good field if you can handle the 24/7 workday and being on call all the time. It is stressful, but pays well.
     
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  18. bos

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    To me, there arent a whole lot of certs that mean anything. You have to have proven that you have performed the tasks behind it and so many applicants havent. Cisco certs will get you higher paying jobs it seems and look better on a resume. A+ really is a worthless cert anymore. I was lucky enough to get my foot in the door on my first IT job without the need of certifications. My boss at the time was more interested in my know how and ability to find answers when I didnt have them. As mentioned before, dont underestimate the power of people skills. If you can communicate effectively and have a decent set of computer troubleshooting skills you should be able to find a help desk job if they are available.
     
  19. HandSanitizer

    HandSanitizer Well-Known Member

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    When I said I looked at certifications....It was one of the ways I took a stack of 500 to 10 for a PC Tech job. Then you have to talk and get a feel for the person to make a hire. You can pretty much tell if someone is a "Brain dump and test taker" by talking to them for an hour.

    So if you wanted to make the cut at the place I was working for you needed to have an A+ Cert and some education in the field.
     

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