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May 26, 2009  4:09 PM

Tough Time For Recent Grads



Posted by: Ed Tittel
adult education, community college programs, continuing education, IT career planning, IT certification, vocational high school programs

This morning's NPR news coverage included a Larry Abramson story entitled "Job Training Makes Difference for High School Grads." His basic point was that if the job market is tough in general for all...

May 22, 2009  4:11 PM

Does IT Certification or Training Make a Difference?



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

One question that comes up all the time in reader e-mail and interaction, and in my "Ask the Expert" dialogs, is the one that entitles today's blog. Actually, this has been on a lot of people's minds lately--as a quick perusal of my earlier postings here and elsewhere will ascertain, and as many...


May 11, 2009  5:21 PM

MS Certification Profusion Leads to Confusion?



Posted by: Ed Tittel
adult education, continuing education, IT career planning, IT careers, IT certification, MC Master, MCITP, MCP, MCSE, MCTS, Microsoft Architect, MS certification

In the latest round of articles posted at one of my favorite IT Certification Websites, GoCertify.com, guest author and full-time trainer Brian Nelson raises some interesting issues about the latest...


May 6, 2009  1:52 PM

Bite Into These Free Windows 7 “Learning Snacks”



Posted by: Ed Tittel
adult education, continuing education, free Windows 7 learning/training, IT careeer planning, IT careers, Microsoft Learning, Microsoft Learning Snacks

As I cruised through the MS Learning site this mornign, I noticed a promo teaser for Windows 7 training. Clicking on their "You be the expert" link, I found myself on a page that included a heading that reads...


May 4, 2009  3:27 PM

Erik Eckel Opines on “10 Best IT Certifications”



Posted by: Ed Tittel
A+, adult education, CCIE, CCNA, CISSP, continuing education, IT career planning, IT certification, MCITP, MCSA, MCSE, MCTS, Network+, PMP, Secuirty+

In digging through some Microsoft PR materials recently, I came across mention of a Top 10 IT certification list that Erik Eckel put together for TechRepublic, later reprinted by big-time training company Global Knowledge. Though it's...


March 13, 2009  4:33 PM

Nearly Everbody Is a Winner! Cisco Flashcards & Simulator



Posted by: Ed Tittel
640-460, 640-553, 640-822, adult education, CCENT, CCNA Security, CCNA Voice, Cisco certification, continuing education, IT career planning, IT careers, IT certification

Cisco Press gave me 5 licenses for each item for the contest, so I'm able to give the first 5 posters a license for the 640-533 CCNA Security exam. That means the following posters should contact me to obtain their license keys--namely:

  • Rob M, Provo, UT
  • Kathy B, Twin Cities,...


March 11, 2009  4:13 PM

In Today’s Job Market, Prospective Employers Want It All



Posted by: Ed Tittel
adult education, advanced degrees, certification ladder, college degrees, continuing education, IT career planning, IT careers, IT certification, job experience, job seeking skills, soft skills

I was just musing on the state of the current job market, where it's not unfair to say that there are a lot more people chasing jobs than there are jobs chasing people. Once again, I find myself pondering the "Big Three' ingredients that all employers consider when selecting among multiple...


March 6, 2009  7:47 PM

Lots of Buzz, and Another Cisco Press Item to Ponder



Posted by: Ed Tittel
adult education, Cisco CCENT, Cisco CCNA Security, Cisco CCNA Voice, Cisco exam 640-460, Cisco exam 640-553, Cisco exam 640-822, continuing education, IT career development, IT career planning, IT careers, IT certification, IT certification study materials

We've gotten such a great response to my last posting, that I'm going to extend the contest for the Flashcards and Network Simulator through Friday, March 13 (duh! duh! DUH!!!)....


March 4, 2009  2:24 PM

Cisco Press Supplies the Prizes, I Decide Who Gets Them!



Posted by: Ed Tittel
adult education, Cisco CCENT, Cisco CCNA Security, Cisco CCNA Voice, Cisco exam 640-460, Cisco exam 640-553, Cisco exam 640-822, continuing education, IT career development, IT career planning, IT careers, IT certification, IT certification study materials

[Updated 3/11/2009: see update info at end of post!!!] On February 9, I blogged about Pearson/Cisco Press's CertFlashCardsOnline offerings. One of their publicists contacted me to...


February 27, 2009  4:42 PM

Does Certification Help? Some interesting numbers to ponder…



Posted by: Ed Tittel
adult education, Career planning, continuing education, IT certification, IT certification planning, skills development

A perennial question among IT job seekers might be succinctly summarized as "Does certification help?" Anne Martinez and the crew at GoCertify.com posted an interesting set of numbers in January, 2009 that tally the job postings at Dice.com and Monster.com that make mention of specific credentials....


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