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I plan on transfering to UCF in 2 semesters to go for an IT Degree. I live in Daytona Beach, so it's kind of far and i was wondering if yall knew any closer colleges that are good for my future. Also what on a resume looks better, UCF of a technical college? and last (i'm new and eager so have lots of questions) Should I be going for a IT degree or and IT with concentration on one thing? Thanks alot everyone!
 
To answer the first quetion. No one and i mean no one will know what is 'good for your future'. That is something you are going to have to decide for yourself based off your career and life goals.

UCF will look better on a resume IMO. Most IT degrees require some type of concentration. Larger schools will offer networking, administration, etc. But most (at least when i went) just offer a generic 'IT degree'. Mine was CIS (computer informaiton systems) which encompased programming, networking and server administration.

Honestly most of these questions should be geared towards your advisor because only they will know what your school offers.
 
To answer the first quetion. No one and i mean no one will know what is 'good for your future'. That is something you are going to have to decide for yourself based off your career and life goals.

UCF will look better on a resume IMO. Most IT degrees require some type of concentration. Larger schools will offer networking, administration, etc. But most (at least when i went) just offer a generic 'IT degree'. Mine was CIS (computer informaiton systems) which encompased programming, networking and server administration.

Honestly most of these questions should be geared towards your advisor because only they will know what your school offers.

Yes you are completly right in all that. I just emailed my advisor and she usually gets back to me soon. The UCF degree is Generic I believe as well and focuses on all of them and thats what i asked her. How did the Generic work out for you? Can you join any of those fields without additional schooling or was it just an overview? (From your experience)
 
No, if i want to get into networking or a specific field i will need to either get a certification or work my way up from the bottom. With a 4 year bachelors in computers (any field of ocmputers really) you are going to be able to get any / most entry level positions in IT.
 
I have no literall college or university Degree. I carry no IT Degree or certifications of any sort BUT.

I have worked with AOL Canada as a troubleshooting specialist on their software.
I have worked for SIS Strategic Information Systems Inc. as a Information Technology Specialist.
I have worked with X-Wave as Help Desk for NB Power. (The power company in my province)
I have also worked as Help Desk Specialist for Exxon Mobil.

I was to supposed to work for the Canadian Government but because of my non University Degree, they could not get them to let me in.

I still get emails and sometimes call from RIM (Research In Motion) the ones who make Blackberrys to go work for them.

Now, I am in knee deep in computers all day long. I have my own company, I am partenered in a computer repair company in which I make 70% of everything and I work as Computer Technician.



I have done all this in the course of 5 years. I am now 21 years old.


Anything is possible if you put your mind to it. Set a goal and go after it.
 
No, if i want to get into networking or a specific field i will need to either get a certification or work my way up from the bottom. With a 4 year bachelors in computers (any field of ocmputers really) you are going to be able to get any / most entry level positions in IT.

Ahhhhh so the degree is just to be an entry-level with anything IT then the certificate is what will get me higher in a certain field of IT?





Strikr- Yuh unfortunatly for me i need the schooling to learn this stuff. I am not a computer genius like most in this field, just love them and want to become one hah :).
 
Certifications aren't required. They help, but aren't required. It has been my experience that a degree goes much further in the IT field than certifications when compariing apples to apples.

No i'm not saying that a bachelors will ONLY net you an entry level position, i'm saying that getting a bachelors will almost guarantee you CAN get an entry level position in most areas of IT.

The bigest factor is making the most out of your time. Employers look at experience more than anything. If you have a degree they aren't going to expect you to have experience but it helps. Make the most of your time in college by studying, getting good grades and get some hands on experience. Even if that means working at Geek Squad or some mom and pop shop on the weekends for next to no pay. It isn't the pay you are worried about it is the experience. MOst colleges partner with local businesses to offer internships for seniors. Also try to get some very basic certifications while in school (A+, Net+, ect). Doing these three things will ensure you have the highest chance of getting a good paying job (or a job at all in this economy) when you graduate.

So to recap:
1. study, do well in school, get good grades
2. get experience, whether internining or getting work experience at a shop. employers want experience.
3. get a few certifications

Again, this is all about maximizing your time and ensuring you can 'hit the ground running' once you graduate.
 
Hey thanks! thats great information you give me! Thats what I plan on doing and I am going to do a A+ cert and waiting for a book to start. Now,
I have looked at University of Phoenix and I am pretty impressed with what they have and obviously the location near me. Do you guys know anything about that college or maybe any employers that would look at that university and throw away the Resume?
 
Others will disagree with me - but if you can afford the time I would choose a 4 year university over an online university any day. I realize online universities have their place and some are good. But others (and i've spoke to employers and college professors about this) beleive they are just diploma mills and aren't worth the money (which is usually a ton compared to a traditional school).

Some employers will throw away a resume if it is from Devry, ITT or Pheonix, some won't. Just like some people won't even look at a resume if you don't go to a well known school - it all depends on the employer.

Weigh your options, but for my money i would choose a 4 year university.
 
Others will disagree with me - but if you can afford the time I would choose a 4 year university over an online university any day. I realize online universities have their place and some are good. But others (and i've spoke to employers and college professors about this) beleive they are just diploma mills and aren't worth the money (which is usually a ton compared to a traditional school).

Some employers will throw away a resume if it is from Devry, ITT or Pheonix, some won't. Just like some people won't even look at a resume if you don't go to a well known school - it all depends on the employer.

Weigh your options, but for my money i would choose a 4 year university.

Yuh and the extra 45 minutes of driving will take me to one of the top schools in technology in the state of florida... UCF so i guess you can say thats not a bad pass off :) Thanks for the help!
 
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