What is the best way to break into a career as a Network Administrator?
I am looking for a career change into an IT field. I have a Bachelors in Finance, and have a beginner/intermediate level of knowledge in computers. I have been researching several different fields over the past several weeks and Network Admin has caught my attention. It also seems that certifications will open opportunities for job prospects. Another 4 year degree is out of the question. So, what paths would you IT professionals recommend? Would you entertain an Associates Degree and then move towards becoming certified in A+, CCNA, etc? Another option that is less expensive and would be a faster transition that I have come across is Ed2Go that offers a series of classes that prepares the student to take different certification exams. Obviously, the most important factor is to understand and be able to solve the issues in a job environment, as well as being qualified and marketable to re-enter the job market at an entry-mid level position. Any advice will be appreciated. I would also be interested to here about any specific certifications that are projected to be in higher demand that someone at my level would be able to attain within 2 years. Thanks!
Asked By: Brandon - 1/25/2013
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I have some suggestions for you. I have a number of certs so I am not down on them but I don't think I have ever gotten a job because of them alone. Employers were always looking for a Bachelor's degree and a 3.0 and above GPA. So I'm not sure certs alone are the best path for you but I'll talk about these in a minute... More
Answered By: Richard L - 1/25/2013
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Look at getting a 2 year degree from a technical trade school and forget the A+ . Also technology specific degrees may not open doors to all companies - only the ones that use that product. I suggest getting your CISSP - its not product specific and will give you a broad base including security concepts
Answered By: Tiger by the Tail - 1/25/2013
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