Greetings from South Texas
Hey gang, I am new to Techist while also being somewhat green to the depths of the IT world. I am going to introduce myself and run something past you folks.
A little about me, I am 31 years old with no degree and no certs (yet). I worked as a tech support agent who took calls about a wide range of basic issues when I was 25, after 2 years I got an opportunity to get in the oil and gas industry but keep a hand on technology. I took the job and was then setting up remote dishes for rural internet, phone, fax and camera systems. I did this for over two years and really enjoyed this job, unfortunately it was a start up with alot of growing pains right before a huge bust in the oil industry. I caught wind of the looming times coming and decided to ditch technology for a couple years and work 'on a rig' to try and get up enough money to afford an education during this oil and gas downturn. Well now the bad times in oil have caught up to my company and everyone in my division has been layed off. While other guys were devastated, I am excited to pursue my education and get back to the IT world.
Now my current plan is to get my CompTIA A+ first, followed by the Net+, during this time I will also be enrolled in my local community college in one of their Computer Applications Specialist certification courses. Its an online course that gives you a certification upon successful completion and the credits also go towards an associates for Computer Specialist, which I am also looking to obtain.
So thats the plan for next couple years, after that I hope to keep going for the CCNA cert as well as a Bachelors degree in IT with the hopes of becoming a Network Admin or something of the like. If any of you have any opinions on this or pointers for me, any help is much appreciated. So far I like everything Ive seen on these forums and look forward to meeting all of you.