IT certifications and training

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Please, I'm at a cross road. Can someone advice me about a good IT certification or training that I can acquire to become more marketable in the job market. Thanks!

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  • Subhendu Sen
    The city that you mentioned, we don't know the economical/ political condition of that city. While job market also depends on these factors. Also you did not mention what is academic/professional qualifications. Or are you working or not. However, you can consider for networking/security or cloud computing. These two are on high demand. For a global certification, you can go for either Cisco/Amazon AWS or Microsoft. There are also developer/software development certifications.
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  • Jaideep Khanduja
    IoT, Cloud, Security, Analytics, and Big Data. These are the top five teens across the globe. Decide and move in the right direction keeping the vertical growth in mind.
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  • ToddN2000
    What particular area of IT? There are some very good certification programs out there. We you looking to do this online or in a classroom setting? If so we need to know you location to recommend a training center.
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  • Subhendu Sen
    One more thing, if it is possible to change your country to another country/city, then your chance of getting jobs is more high. However, you have to gather more experience/ knowledge to work outside of your country.
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  • ToddN2000
    Look on line at some of the nationally recognized training schools. Schools Like ITT, DeVry for example. One good school I have attend for classes is New Horizons, they appear have locations everywhere.
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  • Kevin Beaver
    What do you like to do? What do you feel you're good at? What makes you happy and motivated? The important thing is that you're doing something you love so it doesn't feel like work.
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  • Jaideep Khanduja
    Two things are very important to understand for you. First, what is your educational background? That matters a lot. Second, IT is an ocean and there are thousands of certifications available in its various streams. You need to decide whether hardware or software. If hardware, then whether networking, support, deployment, security, etc. Similarly, there are numerous options in software.
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  • GeorgiaG
    Thank you everyone for the responses. I really appreciate it. I am in the Atlanta GA Area. I have my Bachelor in Social Work and my Masters in Information systems Management. I have worked as a Data Analysis within the Healthcare field for 4 years ( I enjoyed working within the healthcare field) but right now I find myself unemployed. I have been unemployed for awhile now, I believe I need more skills to become more marketable. I don't want to invest time and money on just anything. I want to acquire skill(s), training or IT certification that may or may not build on my prior experience but will almost guarantee that I'll never be unemployed again. Thanks
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  • Subhendu Sen
    For increase your skill in IT and as you mentioned, and based on current job market situation, you can consider for SAP ABAP/SAP Basis. If it costs more, you can also try for Cisco certification.
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  • Kevin Beaver
    By the way, I am partial to security and would recommend that path.
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  • Kevin Beaver
    One more thing: I saw that you mention that you are in the Atlanta area. There are tons of security-related job opportunities in that market. Security vendors. Big Fortune 500 companies. You name it. It's simply a matter of getting out and networking and people getting to know you.
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  • azohawk

    When I taught intro IT courses, an assignment I required was students to interview someone in the specific area that they were considering. Asking questions about salary ranges, working conditions, what the individual found valuable to know aside from the specific technical background knowledge (hoping that they would be told things like communication skills, project management skills, general business skills, etc.) that might not be part of the "official curriculum", recommended/required certifications, job market in the area.  I had several students find out that they didn't like the working conditions and drop the program (I said better to find out early than invest thousands of dollars to find out you don't like it.)

    If possible find several people to interview, see if you can shadow them for a few hours or a day.

    Make yourself available as an unpaid intern if need be.

    If I were starting over knowing what I know now, I think I might choose disaster recover and business continuity.  There are thousands of things that fall in realm of IT. System Architect, trainer, operations, programmer, business analyst to name a few that have not been mentioned. 

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  • Kevin Beaver
    What are you interested in? What are you good at? Figure out these things and you'll know your answer. I'm partial to information security but there are tons of opportunities in IT. You just have to make sure you're doing something that you like and can setup yourself up for success with. Best of luck!
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