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I am going to school in the summer and hope to start on my Microsoft Professional Certificate, and also eventually getting my LAN Specialist Certificate, do you think this will help me get an entry level position in the IT field as opposed to getting an associates? id like to be tech sup post.. Please give me your advice.. Thanks Here are details.. LAN TECH CERT This certificate prepares students for entry-level positions as a data communication specialist in the information technology profession. Common career titles include LAN specialist, LAN system administrator, LAN design specialist, LAN engineer, and many others. The LAN Technician certificate prepares students for rewarding careers at the forefront of the information technological revolution. Students will examine the installation, maintenance, repair, and design of local area networks. Students receive hands-on training in network operating systems, user administration, network security, and LAN switching and bridging design. This program also helps students prepare for N+, CAN, MCP, and CCNA certification. Graduates of this program possess a wide range of product knowledge as well as hands-on experience in hardware and software installation and support. This program is intended to lead to employment. If you are considering transferring to a four-year college or university to obtain a bachelor's degree using the courses from this program, make an appointment with an academic advisor to review your options. MICROSOFT CERT This program is designed for individuals just beginning training to pursue a career in Microsoft LAN (local area network) management, as well as those already working in industry who need to upgrade their skills for on-the-job tasks, new supervisory responsibilities or career growth. This program is intended to lead to employment. If you are considering transferring to a four-year college or university to obtain a bachelor's degree using the courses from this program, make an appointment with an academic advisor to review your options. Nature of the Work—This program prepares you for an entry-level position in the information technology field. Graduates of this program may administer, install, maintain and troubleshoot data communication systems. The program includes operating systems, server, directory, and TCP/IP Microsoft introduction and the integration of the Internet in the corporate enterprise network. Job Related Titles—LAN Technician, Cisco service representative, Technical support specialist, Network or computer system administrator, Computer support specialists I think I will work on the certificates, then once I can get in the door of an IT position, work towards my degree... Just want to get in the door so I can learn while working towards a Degree. Hoping Certificates can get me in the door though!

Asked By: Lisa M - 4/9/2009
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I have worked as an IT Manager, as team lead over a group of data center sys admins, as a technician in two enterprise Network Operations Centers, and I started in consumer tech support (Linksys... More
Answered By: Aaron Patton - 4/9/2009
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yes,let me tell you of my history,i am retired now,my training was for the telephone switch,i went to school in dallas tx for years and years,also plano texas for years and years,have 16 certified copies,my training was on the nortel switch.SL1 and SL!-100-200 switch,it is just like a computer but much bigger,you can... More
Answered By: MrZip - 4/9/2009
 
These certs would probably be very helpful to you. However, I recommmend that you also consider some of the CompTIA certs like A+, Network+ and Linux+. These would give you a more basic and generic kind of knowledge that would be applicable to more than just Microsoft platforms... More
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Answered By: seronac - 4/9/2009
 
seriously, to be honest, certifcations dont mean you know how to do the job it just means you have certs, just, honesty. [opinion] i have the a+ certification due to money reasons now but i do want to get the net+ and mcse and mcsa + cisco certs but the best..honest...advice i can give is to do it..yourself..if you... More
Answered By: jesse - 4/9/2009
 
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