IT Career JumpStart:

June, 2009


June 29, 2009  9:50 PM

The Lessons of History



Posted by: Ed Tittel
adult education, continuing education, IT career planning, IT certification, IT training, soft skills development

I find myself in a very interesting work situation right now. Because of a couple of books I wrote in the mid-90s — those halcyon days when computer books flew off the shelves, and good writing work on relatively advantageous terms was easy to find by today's standards — I find myself now...

June 26, 2009  2:57 PM

A Pattern Emerges from Recent CCNA “Specializations”



Posted by: Ed Tittel
CCDP, CCIE, CCNA, CCNA Security, CCNA specializations, CCNA Voice, CCNA Wireless, CCNP, CCSP, CCVP, Cisco certification, IT career planning, IT careers, IT certification

I'd been wondering recently why Cisco is expanding its ever-popular CCNA certification to include CCNA Security, CCNA Voice, and CCNA Wireless. Now I get it: Cisco also offers various professional credentials, including CCDP (Design), CCNP (Networking), CCSP (Security), and CCVP (Voice), as well as...


June 26, 2009  2:41 PM

Cert Success Story Contest Closes Next Week



Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT career development, IT careers, IT certification, MCP exam, Microsoft Dynamics exam, MS certification, MS exam vouchers, SearchNetworking contest

OK readers, this blog is just a quick reminder that we started a contest on June 11 in a blog entitled Share Your Certification Success Story, Win an MS Voucher. You can click the...


June 22, 2009  2:41 PM

EU in more or less the same boat as the US, employment-wise



Posted by: Ed Tittel
2009 IT job market, IT career planning, IT careers, IT employment situation

Just for grins, I decided to jump over to the other side of the Atlantic to take a look at the employment picture over there to see how we stack up against the world's largest aggregated economy. Given the state of global markets and economic trends, it should come as no huge surprise that things...


June 17, 2009  3:37 PM

Wireless# Makes Way for CWTS



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Certified Wireless Network Professional, Certified Wireless Technology Specialist, CWNP, CWTS, IT career planning, IT careers, IT certification, Wireless#

My buddies over at Planet 3 Wireless, the organization behind the Certified Wireless Network Professional (CWNP) certification program, are making a change in their entry-level certification. The current and soon-to-be-prior credential,...


June 15, 2009  10:57 PM

AARP: The New Face of 50+ America



Posted by: Ed Tittel

Hey! One of the new rites of passage in our country is joining AARP (the American Association of Retired Persons) when you turn 50. This is true, even though most of us are retiring later and later, and for some — including me — retirement often seems more like a distant fantasy than an...


June 11, 2009  7:29 PM

Share Your Certification Success Story, Win an MS Voucher



Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT career development, IT careers, IT certification, MCP exam, Microsoft Dynamics exam, MS certification, MS exam vouchers, SearchNetworking contest

[updated 6/19/09]

Have you ever earned an IT certification? Do you know...


June 10, 2009  5:14 PM

Everybody’s going Green: Where’s Kermit?



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Green IT, Green IT initiatives, Green Technology, IT career planning, IT careers

Everywhere I turn these days, and in much of what I do, green initiatives for IT are springing up like mushrooms after the rain. I recently wrote a white paper for a major messaging security service vendor that explained how using SaaS (Software as a Service) helps companies green up, and save on...


June 8, 2009  12:49 PM

Citrix Adds Advanced Virtualization Certs to Its Lineup



Posted by: Ed Tittel
CCEE, CCIA, Citrix Certification, IT career planning, IT careers, IT certification, virtualization certifications

Last October, my good buddy and Citrix maven, Jeff Rohrer, blogged to report that Citrix Education announced some new credentials as part of its looming lineup. In that discussion he introduces the CCIA, or Citrix Certified...


June 6, 2009  5:54 PM

Another Answer to an Age-Old Question



Posted by: Ed Tittel
adult educuation, Certification Magazine, college degree in IT, continuing education, IT career planning, IT certification

I'll kick off this blog with a snippet of self-disclosure. I was on the masthead at Certification Magazine from 1999 until 2007 as a contributing editor and then as technology editor. During the glory days from 1999 to 2003 or so, the magazine...


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