A Letter From A Reader
– Certification Smart, Experienced Challenged
By Douglas Chick
After reading your article’s I found it most helpful as I
really hope to get a Job as a Network Administrator one day.
Although I know I'll have to start at the bottom and work my way up.
I’ve worked full time since I left school and I’m know 22 years
old, I’ve always wanted to work with computers since I got my
first one when I was 9. So I've decided to do some ICS courses,
which are sponsored by CompTIA.
* A+ Certification
* Network+ Certification
After doing these Two courses and passing the exams I plan to do a,
But before I can do the third one I know I'll need at least one
years experience as a PC Support/PC Technician.
What I wanted to ask you is do you know if the qualifications Ill
get will be recognized by employers, is there any help you can give
Any response to my letter would be gratefully received.
Mr. Mark C.
I've read where lions are born with 95 percent of
all the knowledge that they will ever have and are only capable of
adding 5 percent more from experience. The opposite of this is true for
people, who must learn everything from experience and are born with
very little instinctual knowledge. This is especially true for
people that have repeated printer problems. Regardless of how much
you prepare yourself for a job in computers, (College, night
classes, certifications or self-studying.) you will still come to
your first computer job knowing only 5 percent of what you should,
the rest of what you will learn comes from pure gut wrenching,
staying all weekend rebuilding a server, know that the cap locks are
Those that don’t have experience want it and
those that do just want to forget it.
The number one question that I get from those
seeking a career in computers is if they can get a computer job with
no experience, and the good news is yes. In fact, I’ll go so far
as to say that everyone that has a job in computers right now was
hired for their first job with absolutely no experience--Perhaps
everyone that has ever had a job anywhere.
How much time you are willing to invest into
learning will determine just what type of computer job you will get.
A+ Certification and Network+ Certification may get you a helpdesk
position. An MCSE and CCNP may get you a Network Analyst
position somewhere. It also may get you a helpdesk job; it depends
on the person and how much you can learn with no hands on experience
because everyone’s different.
When looking for a job with no experience you are
telling a potential employer that I have prepared myself as much as
I can without having an actual job. And of course it wouldn’t hurt
any to be sporting a The Network Administrator Pocket Protector too.
No, I mean it. Buy a Network Administrator’s Pocket Protector.
As for what certifications are more recognized by an employer
than others, I’ll give you the short list;
There are more, but no one really cares…There is one though. If
you could get this certification you wouldn’t have to waste your
time on the others. Go here and check out this Certification.