Want to get into IT industry

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hello all, I'm sure you've guys have heard this a million times so here i go. I'm a 31 yr old male who loves computers. I could work on them day and night. I've swapped out hdd's, I've installed various OS' and I've also dabbled in Linux. like i stated i love working on pc's. i have no certifications and i would like to start my career in the IT world. Is there anywhere I could find a job without any type of certs and take the certs while I'm gaining experience, or would getting the certs be my first priority? currently I'm trying to study for my A+ and then N+. thanks for your sincere replies.

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I asked that question to someone in the industry 12 years ago, and was recommended to get my MCSE. Your potential A+ and N+ are both great, or you might be able to get your foot in the door somewhere based on your existing knowledge & enthusiasm….good idea to try and work up some connections in the industry, or find people that have connections in the industry – you never know where the tip that gets you your first position might come from! Good luck

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  • TomLiotta
    It's nice to have certifications and whatever. But if you seriously want a 'career', start with proper punctuation and grammar.You might get a 'job' by visiting places like any local PC recycling sites. It's probably not a place to stay for a 'career', but it can definitely be a place to meet people who might be able to help; and you have a chance of getting a spot if there's an opening. The variety of people who come through those places can provide exposure that might not otherwise be available. Engage people and work conversations around to your goals.In the meantime, get whatever training you can. And work on details such as "I'm" or "I am" instead of "im" if you want to be taken seriously. Those who don't are a penny-a-dozen. (A "dime" is overpriced.)Tom
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    And I should have remembered to enter that comment in IE rather than FF. I knew that paragraph formatting isn't working in this editor for FF. Details, details... -- Tom
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  • carlosdl
    Real work experience weighs more than certifications. If you can have both, that's very good, but certifications without experience won't have much value.
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  • itsjustLenny
    What kind of job titles can I look for to get my foot in the door? I have heard help desk is where to start but when I look for help desk jobs they require 2 year AA degree to start?
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  • James Murray
    Lenny,If you want a career in IT Support you'll need about 5 years experience before you are seen as credible.  The number of jobs are also drying up as the support opportunities are moving into the cloud or contracted IT service providers.Here's how I got my start.  I went back to school at 27 and learned about being a workstudy.  I spent two years working as a workstudy while working on my degree.  then with two years, I found a non-profit to work for.  In my case a chamber of commerce.  There are lots of non-profits who can't afford good people, who would love to give you some experience.  Then government... Large City and Counties hire people to work on thier systems.  Again they don't pay much but the benefits are very good.  The opportunity is to build experience.  With 2 years of Workstudy, 2 years at a non-profit (while working on a degree) and 2 years with a civil governemnt position... you have the skills, education and experience to go whereever you want in IT infrastructure.
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  • CompleteITProfessional
    Hi, I think you could start by getting some certifications - they are good for getting your foot in the door, so to speak - getting that initial first job. If it's something you like doing, then you'll find it easier to learn and work there. Experience becomes more necessary when looking for jobs later in your career, which means that you shouldn't stack up on certifications and expect a great job. I wrote a post on this topic recently that goes into more detail: http://www.completeitprofessional.com/career/how-to-start-a-career-in-the-it-field/ Good luck!
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