IT Career JumpStart:

Career planning


September 29, 2008  7:20 PM

The Next Microsoft Cert Generation Takes Wing



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Career planning, Database, IT careers, IT certification, IT salaries, MCITP, MCP, MCPD, MCTS, Microsoft Windows

To me, some of the most interesting things abut the recent article in Redmond Magazine entitled "IT Salaries on the Rise" appeared in the various charts that accompany the story. Today's blog springs more or less...

September 26, 2008  4:37 PM

The Other CompTIA Certifications



Posted by: Ed Tittel
A+, Career planning, CDIA+, Convergence+, CTT+, DHTI+, e-Biz+, IT careers, IT certification, Linux+, Network+, PDI+, Project+, RFID+, Security+, Server+

OK, so everybody knows about the Big Three certs from CompTIA: A+, Network+, and Security+. A+ and Network+ are more or less checkbox items for aspiring entry-level IT, help desk, and tech support workers. Security+ is fast becoming a stepping stone to other, more senior, well-recognized and...


September 24, 2008  3:16 PM

What Makes Cert Programs Succeed?



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Career planning, IT careers, IT certification, soft skills

I drop in on CertCities.com pretty regularly, to catch up on IT certification news, reviews, and opinions. Of the last variety, my old coopetitor, Emmett Dulaney, often has some pretty good ones. Today is no exception as he digs into an interesting and wistful illustration of the old principle...


September 19, 2008  3:05 PM

Time for a sanity check: How am I doing? And yourself?



Posted by: Ed Tittel
A+, Career planning, IT careers, IT certification, Microsoft Windows, Security, Security+

This is my 18th entry for this continuing "IT Career JumpStart" blog. I'm about six weeks into the process, and both I and my masters at TechTarget are reasonably pleased with the way things are going so far. I've managed to get some discussion going on over half of my posts, and have fielded at...


September 17, 2008  3:15 PM

Security+: Third Time Lucky?



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Career planning, IT certification, Security, Security+

At the end of August, CompTIA announced that its Security+ certification had passed a significant milestone, as the total count of credentials granted topped the 50,000 mark. Over the past six years since this certification made its initial...


September 12, 2008  5:49 PM

“Why Certifications Matter…”



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Career planning, IT careers, IT certification, soft skills, Work background

In my previous blog, I started digging into a recent article from Redmondmag.com entitled "IT Salaries on the Rise." Here, I'm going to continue that excavation by exploring and commenting on the section in the story whose...


September 10, 2008  3:40 PM

New IT Salary Survey Available



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Career planning, IT careers, IT certification, IT salaries, MCP, Work background

In the latest issue of Redmondmag.com, you'll find a story entitled "IT Salaries on the Rise." It begins by observing that in times of recession, as goes the economy, so also go salaries--namely, down, down, down. But...


August 27, 2008  2:17 PM

7 Questions for Highly Effective Career or Certification Advice



Posted by: Ed Tittel
A+, Career planning, CCNA, IT careers, Network+, Work background

When people ask me for career advice, especially as it touches on IT certification, their questions often cut straight to the subject of interest as in "If I earn a A+, Network+, and a CCNA can I get a good job?" Alas, I really can't provide meaningful answers to such questions without a fair...


August 25, 2008  2:44 PM

Despite the cautions, and the evidence, hopes remain unfounded and unbounded



Posted by: Ed Tittel
A+, Career planning, CCNA, IT careers, IT certification, Network+

This morning I found a message in my inbox from one of the readers of these blogs. I will paraphrase its contents as follows: "I am interested in a career in networking. I am taking A+ classes, after which I plan to earn Network+ and then the CCNA. Please tell me I am on the right track: although I...


August 18, 2008  3:23 PM

Understanding what drives IT salaries



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Career planning, CCNA, IT careers, IT certification, IT salaries, MCSE

On the IT Knowledge Exchange, I recently fielded the following question "What is the basic salary given to a starting network employee with CCNA and MCSE...


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