Looking to enter IT field

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I am a college grad but I have no IT experience and I am looking at pursuing at Networking career. What is the best way for me to break into the industry? Should I get a Network Admin. certificate or should I go for an Online Masters Degree in IT? Or should I get another bachelor's degree in IT? Any advice would be great!
ASKED: September 25, 2008  12:03 AM
UPDATED: October 16, 2013  12:25 AM

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On the job experience is the best way to get a Networking job. Start with help desk and technical support positions in your area. After some time in these positions you can work to move up in the company into a sysadmin or network admin role.

It will take a least a year or two for this move to happen.

Trying to get a position with a degree and/or certs but no work experience won’t do you much good. You probably won’t be able to keep the job very long.

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  • Flame
    If you can manage it, getting your Comptia certs is a way to get a level of credibility in short order. Of course, you will need to have something of substance to show IF you do manage to land an IT job. Experience is really what will sell you at the interview. "Soft Skills" such as being able to deal with users and co-workers, in addition to being able to communicate clearly with suppliers and support techs, is almost as important as having the technical skills. Getting a job at a consumer electronics store can help you develop the skills of explaining technology to not-so-tech savy users. It takes time, go after the certs, keep up on current technology, and with a little luck you could get your foot in the door and land an entry level IT job. Good Luck! -Flame
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  • Kevin Beaver
    Get hands on experience! Get to know operating systems, network protocols, and even the OSI model as well. Programming is good too.

    Here are links to previous articles I've written for TechTarget on IT/security careers:
    www.principlelogic.com/careers.html

    Best of luck!
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