new member looking for IT advise - Techist - Tech Forum

Go Back   Techist - Tech Forum > Techist Forum Information > New Member Introductions
Click Here to Login
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 05-21-2013, 02:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
Virgin Techie
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: USA
Posts: 0
Default new member looking for IT advise

HI Guys,

New here and i'd like to introduce myself briefly.

Currently located in southern california, 23 and hold a B.A. in History, working in the real estate industry (completely random, I know). I'd like to jumpstart my career in IT and I was wondering what entry level certifications are worthwhile? I've been looking into A+ and some Microsoft certs. I don't have any previous IT experience, but i've been using PC's my entire life. I'd like to get into the more lucrative IT positions after i've paid my dues in some entry level positions. Any advise would be greatly appreciated.
__________________

bchang89 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-21-2013, 02:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
Student & Lover of Games
 
XGC Forsakend's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: USA
Posts: 1,395
Default Re: new member looking for IT advise

Hello and welcome!
__________________

XGC Forsakend is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-21-2013, 03:59 PM   #3 (permalink)
True Techie
 
Reckless's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Canada
Posts: 188
Default Re: new member looking for IT advise

Welcome to TF.

As you do not have any previous experience in IT. Getting a college or University course might be your best option.

Depending where you may want to end up in the IT industry will depend where you want to focus.
What is your 10 year career plan for IT?
Reckless is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-22-2013, 01:09 AM   #4 (permalink)
Virgin Techie
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: USA
Posts: 0
Default Re: new member looking for IT advise

Quote:
Originally Posted by Reckless View Post
Welcome to TF.

As you do not have any previous experience in IT. Getting a college or University course might be your best option.

Depending where you may want to end up in the IT industry will depend where you want to focus.
What is your 10 year career plan for IT?
Thanks for the response. I want to get my MBA eventually and somehow integrate that into my prospective IT work experience + IT certifications. I want to know if my B.A. in an unrelated field and an entry level cert like the A+ can get me a decent entry level job. I've been working as an escrow coordinator for the past year, and I do a lot of work on the computer to perform daily job tasks.

What are some good entry level certs to start with, keeping in mind that I do not have any work exp/education in IT?
bchang89 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-22-2013, 04:56 AM   #5 (permalink)
Newb Techie
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 10
Default Re: new member looking for IT advise

Hi bchang89, welcome to TechForum, enjoy your stay and hope to see you around..
itrush07 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-22-2013, 09:17 AM   #6 (permalink)
Super Techie
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: USA
Posts: 405
Default Re: new member looking for IT advise

Some good entry level certs are the CompTIA A+ and Network+ and some Windows client certs. Any more than that may or may not be overkill. Your current BA will be fine for an entry level position; if anyone gets that picky at the entry level, it will be on experience more than anything else. You may want to get an IT degree later on.

You should also start thinking about what particular field you want to get into because it will only be to your advantage to start planning for it from the start.

The things that employers look for in order of importance is: experience > degrees > certs. Customer service experience is also almost always a huge plus. Bear that in mind when figuring out how you want to get into the field. These days even a lot of entry level positions want experience; if you can't get a paying position then an internship or volunteer work would be the next best thing. Experience is king. I'm not sure how true this would be for programming, though, since that seems to be more cut and dried; either you know the code or you don't. Maybe a programmer can speak more about that.
DistraughtSysop is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-22-2013, 11:16 AM   #7 (permalink)
Virgin Techie
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: USA
Posts: 0
Default Re: new member looking for IT advise

Quote:
Originally Posted by DistraughtSysop View Post
Some good entry level certs are the CompTIA A+ and Network+ and some Windows client certs. Any more than that may or may not be overkill. Your current BA will be fine for an entry level position; if anyone gets that picky at the entry level, it will be on experience more than anything else. You may want to get an IT degree later on.

You should also start thinking about what particular field you want to get into because it will only be to your advantage to start planning for it from the start.

The things that employers look for in order of importance is: experience > degrees > certs. Customer service experience is also almost always a huge plus. Bear that in mind when figuring out how you want to get into the field. These days even a lot of entry level positions want experience; if you can't get a paying position then an internship or volunteer work would be the next best thing. Experience is king. I'm not sure how true this would be for programming, though, since that seems to be more cut and dried; either you know the code or you don't. Maybe a programmer can speak more about that.
I'm not entirely sure on which route I want to go yet. I think once I get a year or two in an IT position, that's when ill give the masters degree a shot. I know theres some MBA programs that integrate IT aspects, so i'll look into that further. My plan is to get the A+ cert ASAP (any tips on how to study/if those $2,000 classes are worth it would be appreciated) and maybe a few microsoft certs like MCA or something.

With that being said, what are the most in demand IT jobs currently? I'm looking into mobile tech, DBA, or some sort of IT consultant. I'm seeing that a lot of entry level jobs are in the desktop support field. Is this a good place to start?
bchang89 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-22-2013, 12:00 PM   #8 (permalink)
Super Techie
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: USA
Posts: 405
Default Re: new member looking for IT advise

What you need for A+ depends on how much you already know. Unless you know nothing about computers at all, you'll probably be okay with a decent study guide like the one from Mike Meyers or Sybex. Professor Messer's videos also come highly recommended. You don't need an expensive course for A+ even if you know nothing at all. Maybe for something like the CCNA, but not anything entry level.

When I took it, I had only ever swapped a few cards and drives and I'd looked online to troubleshoot problems. After taking the exam I realized that I probably would have passed without studying. Speaking of, don't let the practice exams discourage you. They are nothing like the actual exams.

Pretty much everything in IT is in demand; I can't think of anything that nobody needs right now. Security is in great demand but that's not entry level. That's what I'm working towards, actually. Right now everything is moving towards mobility and virtualization, so that's one thing to keep in mind.

Desktop support/help desk is pretty much the standard for entry level into IT as well as repair tech. There really aren't too many other places to start unless you get lucky or you have connections.
DistraughtSysop is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-22-2013, 12:20 PM   #9 (permalink)
Private Joker
 
carnageX's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: South Dakota
Posts: 24,506
Default Re: new member looking for IT advise

Quote:
Originally Posted by DistraughtSysop View Post
The things that employers look for in order of importance is: experience > degrees > certs. Customer service experience is also almost always a huge plus.
Adding onto this. I've even heard places prefer customer service experience over tech experience. You can usually be taught tech stuff fairly quickly on the job. But customer service experience is harder to learn. People would much rather deal with somebody who doesn't know as much, but is trying to help them (and wants to help them), rather than the "IT guy" that berates customers, or blames them for causing problems.

Quote:
Experience is king. I'm not sure how true this would be for programming, though, since that seems to be more cut and dried; either you know the code or you don't. Maybe a programmer can speak more about that.
Most places want a degree for programmers / software developers. At least a BS in Computer Science or something like that. I'm about done with my BS in CS, and the places I looked at all required a BS at minimum. Got my job already lined up after I graduate next semester though, so all good for me .
__________________
Laptop: MSI GT70 2OC-059us | i7-4700MQ | 16GB | GTX 770m | 500GB SSD / 750GB HDD | 17.3" | Win10 Pro
Desktop: 4690k | 12GB g.Skill RipJaws | GTX 970 | 520hx | Z87X-UD4H | Corsair Vengeance C70 | Corsair H110 | Acer 25" | Acer 22" | Win10
Mobile: Samsung Galaxy Note 5


If I help you, or you just like what I said, rep me by clicking the under my post
carnageX is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-22-2013, 01:00 PM   #10 (permalink)
Pushing Daisies on Saturn
 
Yevrag35's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Wisconsin, US
Posts: 1,118
Default Re: new member looking for IT advise

Quote:
Originally Posted by carnagex
Adding onto this. I've even heard places prefer customer service experience over tech experience. You can usually be taught tech stuff fairly quickly on the job. But customer service experience is harder to learn. People would much rather deal with somebody who doesn't know as much, but is trying to help them (and wants to help them), rather than the "IT guy" that berates customers, or blames them for causing problems.
If you have this skill (the ability to relate to people and understand their problems as if they were your own), it's is an extremely invaluable skill in the industry that is highly coveted by employers looking for new hires.
__________________

__________________


Yevrag35 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:03 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.