Heres the deal, Im 28 married/kids and this summer Im going to college for the first time. I have a couple questions if you guys would oblige me
Im planning on going for a assosciates. But Im wondering if its needed for IT work? Will I have trouble getting work if I only have certs and no schooling?
After school was finished I was planning on shooting for a help desk, networking position. Are there any other fields I should be looking into for certifications, or any other schooling I should be taking a closer look into I might have overlooked?
Ive read alot of you say on these forums that its best to be specialized. Would anyone like to suggest some specialized fields and how I could go about becoming "specialized"?
Last but not least, are there any specialized fields, I might be able to use as a small business? I ask that because Im a self employed kind of guy and ideally I would like to take what I know and make a small business out of it.
Any and all sugesstions, links and comments are welcome and appreciated. Thanks for your help.
CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!! You will never, ever regret going back to school for higher education!
I finally decided at the ripe old age of 35 to go to college, and I just finished my second quarter. markmark69 has offered some great advice in this and other threads about higher education.
ITT had what was best for me. I can't at this point in my life go to a university(too difficult for me to work the school schedule times and distance together in addition to a full time job), so I had to start somewhere. My plan is to get an associates in computer networking and finish with a bachelor's degree in ISS, which I would not be able to do at a university and I really have to get out of the profession I am currently involved in. With my associates degree I should be able to get my foot in the door and get some entry level experience under my belt while I finish my bachelors degree(and with a little luck get a perspective employer to help pay my way). In the past six months of school, I find that I've already changed what I really want to do, so I think I'd like to go the teaching route while I pursue at least one masters degree. I'd like to pursue two separate ones, one in business administration and one in electrical engineering as I'm considering more education after that(I know what a masters degree and a PhD program entails as far as pursuing one, but who knows what the future will hold). When I talked to my wife last week it seems like I wanted to be a professional student for the rest of my life!
Everyone that I've spoken to at school has told me that associates degrees are ok, but you'll always go further with at least a bachelors degree(so far, every one of my teachers has at least one masters degree). As far as the term "IT" is concerned, I've learned that it encompasses many things and is not limited to any one specific area. Programming, networking, web development and database administration are considered "IT" by many people. I suppose it really depends on what you really want to do. The more I read, the more I tend to change what I want to do in the future.......I went from wanting
a government system administrator job to wanting
to teach because of two words: FREE TIME. Getting winter break, spring break, summer vacation and every stupid holiday in between and getting paid for it appeals to me
As far as owning a small business, take business courses, even if they aren't in your curriculum and don't count towards a degree in your chosen field. Community college is CHEAP and a damn good place to start. You may like taking HTML and web development courses in addition to taking your core courses. If you want to start your own networking business(whether home networking, business networking, consulting or a combination of all three) I would imagine that you would need ALL aspects of information systems, of which community college would offer just about all the courses that you would need to get started(I said start, not finish
). I can only guess at this point, but I would imagine small businesses would tend to gravitate towards Microsoft GUI applications(ease of application, larger pool of available Microsoft certified engineers, etc.) while larger businesses would lean towards higher end network operating systems(AS/400, Linux, Unix, etc.) and programs with fewer networking engineers in available employment pools that can administer these systems. Again, I'm only guessing at that, but if I was pursuing a small networking business that's what I would guess and prepare for.
As far as getting hired, that's hard to tell. But I would imagine if someone with a high school diploma and no college education that has some tough to get certifications under their belt and a stable employment history were applying for a job versus someone who graduated a major university yesterday, I would imagine they would pick the person with experience first.
I hope I could at least shed some light on what you want to do in the future. Best of luck in college and never give up!