This is lengthy but would like to paint a picture of my past in order to ask for advice on how to catch up where the world is today.
After a few bad job decisions, burnout, and views of greener pastures, my inner conscious continues to point me back to a profession in the IT world.
In 97 I entered the systems world as a self-taught desktop support tech with additional exposure to networking and light admin functions. At this point I had completed my MCSE for Windows NT. This led to consulting which provided me the opportunity to work with leading technology and administrative roles. I had acquired an MCSE for 2003. In 04,I took a position at a large corporation and assumed a admin role following corporate technology standards so my exposure became limited. I transitioned into a management role and the day to day support became less and less. I left there wanting to get back into the current technologies and took a position at a retailer of which was just emerging into the technology realm, only to find they did not really have the budget for it. By 2010 I was burnt out. I took a logistical analyst role at a company of which I have been since.
My desire is to return to the IT profession but after reviewing where tech is now and where I left off, I have much to catch up on.
In the days of old, I would load a copy of a necessary O/S or software and spend my evenings dissecting the functionality of each aspect to the point I understood the function and purpose for each. This in addition to books and calls to friends in the field.
So today, my IT friend pool is limited and access to software at a minimum. My previous knowledge is fuzzy but the more I read, it continues to come back. There is an abundance of resources available on the web, more so than 5 -10 years ago, but I still find myself digging for the right place to pick back up.
My initial thought is to download an eval of 2012 R2 and tear it apart. Get a good 70-410 book and put the time in. Find where my interests are after and continue perusing a current MCSE, if anything for the exposure.
I have had offers for admin roles as my resume and past experience could possible fit the bill, but I do not want to take on something I cannot live up to.
With all this said, I’m looking for advice on what you would suggest given the past experience and reality of today’s tech world.