IT People - HeLp!!

@mzz663 (2775)
United States
December 1, 2009 5:06pm CST
I'm looking at different things to do to go to school. I visited a school today that has Comp TIA A+,Network +, MCP, MCSA, MCTS and MCSE certifications. What kind of job(s) will I be able to get if I take these classes? **I've looked for job postings and most say they are looking for someone with a Bachelors degree (Computer Science or Electrical Engineering) I don't want to spend a long time in school, and then not be able to get a job!!
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@jennybianca (12914)
• Australia
2 Dec 09
Im an ex teacher of 22 years. Plus my daughter, about to start her final year of high school, will be looking to go to University. So although I know about skills and qualifications needed for good careers, Im not familiar with coding you use. Are these course computing orientated? The way things are now, you need qualifications of some kind. But it doesnt have to be uni? Im sure in your country like ours, there are a lot of trade type courses. What you need to do is find out where the job skill shortages are, then go to a job service provider or shouls be able to direct you to the right courses. What would you prefer to do?
@b4balaji (410)
• India
2 Dec 09
These are certifications. And are given my IT majors such as Microsoft, Oracle and Cisco. These certifications have worldwide authority.
@mzz663 (2775)
• United States
2 Dec 09
jenny, b4balaji is right, they are certifications. I was wondering if they meant anything without a bachelors degree.....There's an IT Certification Institute near where I live and I need to find something else for work. I've debated this now for a few months on what I want to do...I've had factory jobs but now they're few and far between and the good paying factory jobs dang near kill you with smoke, fumes and chemicals. I originally wanted to be a teacher, but given my age, by the time I finish school for that, the chances of me being a full time teacher are pretty slim around here. I'd end up being a substitute or tutor. I've debated something in the healthcare field but it seems that everyone wants to get into that. Nurses, Nurses Aides, Health Information Tech's.....those people are going to end up being a dime a dozen. I checked into some of those classes and a lot of them are full already. I've worked in an office where I did payroll, kept track of vacation days, job revenues, truck driver logs (where they log their driving hours) and audited the logs as well. I did a lot of filing and answering the phones, etc....The most impressive thing I found in an office, was when someone was having a problem with their computer and I could help them fix a problem. I work a lot with computers, have torn my own apart in order to fix it, have done a lot of hands on that doesn't actually count for anything in the real world job market. After being in a bad marriage for 20 years and holding odd jobs (yes, one job lead to another where I ended up with a better job each time) I really don't have any job skill in particular and figure if I already like working with, working on and tearing up and putting computers back together, this is a field that interests me. All of that said.....I now need to figure out exactly what I need as far as an education to get me headed in the right direction. All of the schools and colleges around here all tell me that they are the best, but that's because they are like any other business, they want me to invest my future in them for $$ and I want the best investment to be my own.
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@jennybianca (12914)
• Australia
3 Dec 09
I went back and looked at your profile to see your age, as you are in a very similar situation to me. I am also looking for casual, part time work. Im nearly 52 years. My Degree in teaching may help a little but because I retired from teaching 9 years ago, that is now not an option. The government dont want teachers over 50 and to be honest, I dont think I could handle teaching nowadays. The job situation for over 40s here (same in your country I guess) is very difficult. I dont qualify for job search, which entitles me to free training ( I own a holiday home, thats why). I have very restricted hours, due to my daughters swimming & taking her to school. This will improve a lot when she has her P plates and a car. The few jobs I found that will train on the spot, have shift work hours which is hopeless at this stage. I have registered to do a tax agent training course, starting in Feb and it goes for 17 weeks. During the tax season there is a shortage of tax agents. This will qualify me as a tax assistant, and if I get 80% or higher, my chances of getting a job are good. This isnt going to happen until July, so in the meantime I need casual, part time employment. I have registered with DOME, an organisation for finding jobs for the over 40s. I go for an interview with them in 2 weeks time.
• United Kingdom
2 Dec 09
Those are good qualifications to study for and if you have a look at some IT jobs online these qualifications are mentioned. I have the A+, Network+ and MCP or Microsoft Certified Professional qualifications and yes, things are very difficult right now in terms of trying to secure a job! I'm trying to get into the IT sector myself but it's just not that easy. The good thing about having something like A+ is you can offer your services to others and try to resolve their computer related problems, A+ definitely prepares you for this. This is what I'm trying to do right now. The qualifications you have mentioned don't take that long to learn! I would study on qualification at a time before moving on to the next one. Good luck with whatever you decide to do anyhow. Andrew
@mzz663 (2775)
• United States
3 Dec 09
Thanks Andrew! So I don't actually need a bachelors degree right away?! I'm guessing it's tough right now to secure a job, but like you said, offering services to others could work for me, too!! My last job, even though I'm not a professional would come and ask me for help with their computers....this is something I could do and not be bored or lose interest in! Everyone here (where I live) that I've talked to keep telling me to get into a medical field but I'm not really interested in all of that and seems like that's what everyone else is going to school for so it'll be really competitive, too.....Don't want to be an LPN (low paid nurse) and don't want to go to school for 4 years to be an RN (rich nurse)
@kaylachan (4776)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
2 Dec 09
When and if you get your degree the door will open to all the different jobs that are out there. When you apply simply tell them the degree you majored in, people searching for possible employees will look at that. Besure sure to list all of them on your resume as well. That kind of stuff enployers eat up. The job market sucks, but if you put enough hard work into it the skies the limit.
@mzz663 (2775)
• United States
2 Dec 09
I am willing to work hard and get as much education as I possibly can. Right now I'm checking into different schools and seeing what they have to offer. I was trying to make up my mind at what I wanted to do, this is what I want to do....everyone was telling me I needed to get into the healthcare field but that's just not my cup of tea & so many people are going to school around here for the health care industry, it will be hard to find a job & I really don't want to learn about anatomy & meds, kind of bores me. I've been laid off my job for a while now and through the unemployment office, I'm being offered the chance to go to school in the field and school of my choice in Ohio or Pennsylvania....I want to 'do my homework' before I say yes to any school in particular.