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Oct 25 2010   1:11PM GMT

Please help me to help you if you need cert/career advice

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel

At least half a dozen times per month, I get e-mail, field postings, or otherwise receive queries from people seeking career and/or certification advice. Way, way back in August 2008 I wrote a blog posting here entitled “7 Questions for Highly Effective Career or Certification Advice.”  I’d urge any and all readers interesting in soliciting my feedback or input on their career aspirations, situations, and/or educational and certification plans or needs to read this over and to answer the questions outline therein. For convenience, I reproduce them here, too:

1. What is your educational background? High school diploma? Associate’s degree? Bachelor’s degree? Graduate degree(s)? Please also briefly describe any incomplete progress toward any of these items (for example “two years of computer science grad courses, 2/3 of MS completed”).

2. What is your prior work experience? How many years of work, and what kind of work have you done? Any volunteer work? Part-time work in school or elsewhere? (You’d be surprised how much value employers give to those who show evidence of being able to hold a job, and how much credit they give to people willing to work for nothing as volunteers or part-time to get experience in their chosen fields.)

3. Where do you live? What is the job market like there? How much opportunity for entry-level people? mid-career people? senior people?

4. Are you interested in working in management, or would you prefer to stay on a technical track? Have you ever done any project management (and again, school, part-time, and volunteer experience all help)?

5. What kinds of certifications interest you? Please describe any certification held, currency status (if applicable), and when earned.

6. Do your long-term career goals include staying in your current position (or in the same field as the next position you’re seeking, if applicable)?

7. What kind of job are you doing now? What kind of job would you like to be doing? How important is salary to you? How important is job satisfaction? If you could have any job at all, what would that be?

With answers to these questions, I get to know something about the person as well as the various options they may be pondering. This helps me to provide answers that have a better chance of helping both in the short and long terms, and that can be tailored to their specific location, circumstances, needs, and goals.

I hope this makes sense, and that future advice seekers will understand why it’s very helpful to me, and ultimately to them, to provide this kind of data.

Best wishes in your planning, hopes, efforts and progress toward a fulfilling and meaningful career.



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  • Txitninja
    1) Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Computer Info Systems, Master of Science with a concentration in Management Info Systems 2) I have a solid six years of experience in desktop support 3)Central Texas 4)Technical Track 5)Security, Microsoft Certs (Enterprise Desktop Support and Servers) Currently hold: A+ (2004), Network+ (2006), CCNA (2007), CWTS (2006) Working on: CCNA Security 6)Possibly... 7)Desktop and basic network support (switch configs, port-security, etc.) Don't know what job I really want...I like the network side of things, but I also like enterprise desktop support (more the deployment side of things, upper level stuff (image deployment, app deployment, server administration-though I'm a little weak in this category)...I'm sick of the little things...installing printers or reimaging PCs because of spyware! =) ) Job satisfaction and salary, I prefer job satisfaction...but wouldn't mind having a balance If I can have any job...working for the feds (great pay, secure job)...maybe it would be second-hand to help desk lead or second-hand to senior network admin...don't like dealing with politics. I like the private sector pay, but not the job security...
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  • Ed Tittel
    Dear TxITNinja: I will comment on your posting on Wednesday afternoon or evening. I'm frantically preparing for an out-of-town trip tomorrow (all day) and Wednesday morning. The quick, top-of-my-head response is to tell you to look for a network admin/IT position at a mid-size company where you can work with interesting systems and issues and learn about deployment, network and systems management, and virtualization technologies. Plenty of opportunities with the State of TX or UT if you don't mind a lower grade of pay. HTH, --Ed--
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  • Ed Tittel
    Dear TX IT Ninja: You've got a terrifica background to start from.. I'd urge you to get the Cisco CCNA Security cert, and then to go onto CCNP Security, and also the ISC-squared's CISSP. You should be able to parlay that into a senior security position either in the public or private sectors. I'd also urge you to join and become active in the Austin chapter of the ISSA (Information Systems Security Association) because the local group is very active, has a large membership, and will be a great way for you to find the perfect government or private sector job you seek. HTH, and thanks for posting so cogently and comprehensively. Makes my job much, much easier. --Ed--
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  • ResearchEngineer
    1.Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics and Communication,
    2.Computer Diploma in Advance Computing(CDAC)
    3.Three years Experience as System Engineer in Media Company where primary task is Desktop support and General Troubleshhoting, installation softwares and managing Antivirus Server Sysmantec Ebdpoint Protection for 100 users, little working on Linux Server and love to work on linux,
    4.  1.5 years experience as Research Engineer on Information Security project on Honeypot Raoming at IIIT.
    5. want to career in IT indistry in Networking field , not have any CCNA or other certification.
    6. as of electronics background all govt exam filled in electronics stream and due to lack of practice or not working on electronics from past 5 years so forget every  thing.
    7. Not good in programminf like C,C++,java, but good in Python scripting or love it to do as beginner level at present.
    8. do know what to do for beater career opportunity....
    please suggest what should i do....
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