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#1 buckeye45690

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Posted 21 April 2008 - 07:40 AM

Hi I know this is probably off topic but I,m trying to get the biggest response I can. I am a 40 yr. old male who is about to be laid off from a manufacturing job. My plant is closing. Part of our severance is 2 yrs. of paid schooling along with 2 yrs. of unemployment. I would like to study in the computer, i.t. field. My question is which way to go. I have been told that a 2 yr. associate degree is worthless, and that I would be better off to be Microsoft certified. I really do not know what all the qualifications for that program are. I do not live in a big city area, so I would be looking to get into schools,hospital, or manufacturing plant to use my degree. I could commute to the city , but its about 85 miles away, so I would if I had to but would rather not.
So, which way would someone in the computer field advise someone in my situation? I have never been to college before, but believe I would do fairly well.
Thanks for the advice
Waverlybuckeye

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#2 garmanma

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Posted 21 April 2008 - 07:53 AM

Being able to diagnose and change parts, security, and networking are all three important things to know and understand
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#3 nigglesnush85

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Posted 21 April 2008 - 08:25 AM

Hello,

Have you considered networking or system administration? cisco and microsoft do courses. CCNA and MCNA there are others too.
http://www.cisco.com/web/learning/le3/le2/..._type_home.html
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http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/mcsa/Default.mspx
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Posted 21 April 2008 - 09:51 AM

Hello,

Have you considered networking or system administration? cisco and microsoft do courses. CCNA and MCNA there are others too.
http://www.cisco.com/web/learning/le3/le2/..._type_home.html
and
http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/mcsa/Default.mspx


I was going to say that :thumbsup:

What sort of IT do you want to do, though? Editing/Graphics, hardware/software support, general support, fixing computers, get rid of virus stuff, admin jobs, hardware/software design, games, databases.. the list is very long..

I'm sure you can do microsoft courses from home, dont know if niggles' links say anything about that though..

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Posted 21 April 2008 - 10:15 AM

You almost have to decide which field in IT you want to specialise in:
1. Hardware: these folks generally do the connecting and maintenance of computers.
2. Programming and Code maintenance.
3. Software: these folks generally do the user training, development, and administration of software applications and programmes. Of the three groups, they are more "generalists" than specialists.
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Posted 21 April 2008 - 01:25 PM

It takes a long time to go through most solid computing degrees. IF you have just two years, you are best off taking some sort of course and getting yourself a certification. There may be some courses at your local communitty college that can help you out though. The best thing is experience. If you do go to college you should definitely look into student aid or internship jobs in any type of IT. Most communitty colleges have jobs for students in their own IT offices.

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Posted 21 April 2008 - 01:52 PM

You might like this article: Top 10 Certifications to Begin Your IT Career

http://certification.about.com/od/entrylev...topbeginner.htm

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Posted 21 April 2008 - 02:40 PM

HI! Thanks everyone for your suggestions. It looks like the certification would be the best bet based on everyone's input. I'll have to find out if the gov. sponsored TAA program will pay for that. I will read every article listed here.
I kinda like fixing things, I like to come onto these boards and read thru to try to maximise and fine tune my system. I'm thinking about the repair, clean up route, but not sure. I will have to check into what is the most marketable computer fields and of course, the highest starting pay for my area. My local college has a decent i.t. program so I'll run down there and talk to them.
Again thanks for all input. If anyone has ANYTHING at all to add or suggest I'll follow any lead.
Thanks Again
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Posted 28 April 2008 - 04:58 PM

I knew a guy, his name was Neal, who used to install computer systems. I don't know what you call a person who does work like that. Lets say you had a little business or something that you just started. You rented a business office and you needed to have 10 or 20 computers set up and running. Neal would be the guy to do the job for you. I don't know what Neal's job category is called, but he made a lot of money and I don't think he went to school for it.

Neal was a friend of a neighbor named Laura. Laura used to live in my apartment complex. At one time in her life, Laura used to work as a hooker for Heidi Fleiss. Neal caused a little trouble and the cops came for him on several occasions. Laura was also a person of interest when the cops came to our building. Neal had a drug problem. He was a little zany, a little crazy, quite the character. Actually both Neal and his friend Laura had drug problems: heroin and methamphetamine.

Neighbor #2, Robert, is an aquaintance of mine who used to work with computers. Robert became aware of the shenanigins going on in our building as it related to Neal and 'tested' Neals computer acumen by asking him several tough questions about networking or something like that. He said that Robert, though he never went to school, passed with flying colors. Robert said he asked him one question inparticular that pretty much told Robert that Neal was indeed good at what he does. I guess Robert had a knack for computer related things.

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Posted 28 April 2008 - 05:34 PM

And the moral of the story...??? (Or am I missing something?)




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