October 15th, 2008, 04:46 PM #1
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Jumping into IT A+ best way to go?
I have nothing but management experience in food service. I've always enjoyed 'working' on computers, but have no real experience. I've signed up for A+ classes with New Horizon's I was wondering how hard it is to get the A+ certifications and with 10-15 hours a week and a weeks worth of classes would it be possible to knock out essentials A+ in two-three weeks? The course I have plotted out for myself is to get A+, Net+, then work on a Microsoft server certification. But will anyone hire me with 3 certifications and no work experience and if I take the classes does anyone think its doable before the end of the year? I'm motivated, I'm tired of working 50-70 hours a week with a small family and a baby on the way and I want a better paying jobs. Words of encouragement or advice would be appreciated.
October 16th, 2008, 03:43 AM #2
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Hey man hang in there. I'm 21 and I already have an 18 month old daughter. I'm going into the computer field too and right now I'm going to school majoring in Information and Computer Science. Having just certificates won't land you a $25-$30/hour job because when you apply for those jobs, people with college degrees will compete with you. Taking class is a good start but I've been using Mike Meyers A+ book and I'm almost finish after two weeks. Here in Orange County, CA, having A+ and Net+ will land you an average $12-$14/hour job on the entry level, meaning having little experience. I don't know much about the MS certificates but I think those are pretty hard to get and when you try to apply for a job with a MS cert, more than likely someone with a cert AND a degree will apply also. I'm guessing you're not going to school cause working overtime is impossible for school.
Here's an advice and some encouragement, even though I'm only 21 and might not know much. Education is one of the most important thing in your life. You are making a good decision to try and better yourself by taking classes and achieve greater success. Just because you have a baby coming doesn't mean you're worse off than everybody. I don't know how old you are but having a baby at age 20 ain't a walk in the park. I'm struggling too but I am confident and motivated. Always try and better yourself, don't be at a stand still. GOOD LUCK MAN!!
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