Becoming a networking or database admin with a business information systems degree

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I have a bachelor's degree in Business Information Systems. I can't seem to find a job in IT. I graduated in 2002. I worked as a security officer while going to college. I'm interested in networking or database administration. If you were me what would you next?
ASKED: June 10, 2009  6:52 PM
UPDATED: June 11, 2009  3:26 PM

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It is hard to find jobs with this economy, but larger corporations should have helpdesk positions available. You’ll be lucky if you find a low level technical support technician position (but sometimes they are the same thing). When you get 2 years of experience, you should be ready to advanced if your not already climbing the ladder.

The key is to start building your experience, and the only place to do it is at the bottom.

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  • Ed Tittel
    Dear Sir or Madam: How much training did you get in those subjects (networking and dba topics) when you were in school? If you got some, the previous poster is right to observe that help desk and tech support are now the traditional entry points into IT. If you got none, you may also want to consider taking that path, but also pursuing some certifications as well. On the networking side, Network+ is a good place to start, after which you'll want to dig into Cisco or Microsoft networking stuff, depending on which path appeals to you most (and is most germane to your experience base, and to prospective employers). On the database side, Oracle is still king of that hill, but the Microsoft SQL Server certs have some real clout, too. HTH, and thanks for posting. Good luck with your job search. One more thing: you'll need a good explanation as to why you got a degree in 2002 and are only looking now for employment in your field, seven years later. They're going to want to know why, and you'd better be ready to provide a sensible answer. Best wishes, --Ed--
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