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July 23, 2009  3:14 AM

MCP Exam Voucher Winner John C.



Posted by: Ed Tittel
A+, adult education, CCNA, continuing education, CTT+, IT career development, IT career planning, IT careers, IT certification, MCITP, MCP+I, MCSE, MCTS

John C, Virgina Beach, VA 1. What do you currently do for a living? I am a Systems Engineer and work with databases – primarily SQL Server but some Oracle. I started on SQL Server version 6.5 and have tested on all versions since then. This has been my work for the last ten years. Prior to...

July 6, 2009  4:50 PM

Comments Always Welcome! Choose Your Programs Wisely!!!



Posted by: Ed Tittel
A+, adult education, CCNA, continuing education, IT career planning, IT certification, IT certification degree plans, MCDBA, MCSD, MS certification

Recently, I received a comment from a reader on my August 18, 2008 blog entitled "Understanding What Drives IT Salaries," from an astute young reader named Ronald Moore. He...


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...


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...


April 24, 2009  5:08 PM

Is Now the Time to Buy a CertPack Deal?



Posted by: Ed Tittel
CCDP, CCENT, CCNA, CCNP, CCSP, CCVP, CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, IT career development, IT career planning, IT certification, MCITP, MCSA

In handling a series of reader questions recently here on the ITKE, somebody raised the question of whether or not it was worth spending $15,000 to sign up for a combination cert training package that would help him acquire A+, Network+, MCP, and MCSA certification. This is an interesting question...


December 24, 2008  4:01 PM

More on Entry-Level Certs from the Trenches



Posted by: Ed Tittel
adult education, Career development, Career planning, CCIE, CCNA, CCNP, continuing education, IT careers, IT certification, job seeking skills

I play pool two nights a week on leagues that belong to the American Poolplayers Association (APA). My Thursday night 9-ball team is composed primarily of people who work in IT. Of the seven people on the team, one is a paralegal, another a hairdresser, and the other five work for Dell (1),...


November 12, 2008  4:47 PM

TechKnight Does It By the Numbers, Gets a Complete Answer



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

Looks like some people actually do their homework here. I got this comment posted to my "7 Questions" blog, wherein I laid out some queries to enable advice-seekers to get...


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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