Trying to improve my IT skills

Hello,

I have been going to school for just over a year now and have gotten my network admin degree and am now working towards IT management. I feel like I should be doing something at home to improve my skills and to better prepare to enter the job industry. Maybe setting up a server and playing around with it, getting a switch and configuring it, or building something. I just feel like I can better myself by doing something at my house while I am in school. Any recommendations? Thanks
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  1. Getting experience at work is the best thing you can go even if its working for free as an internship. I have got my A+ N+ and I'm looking for a part time computer job to get some computer experience too.
  2. Why don't you try the Microsoft qualifications?
  3. phil_livesey said:
    Why don't you try the Microsoft qualifications?


    What are those?

    Alvine-I know that is best but I am looking for something to do while I am at home.
  4. Alvine is correct. That is about the best preparation a person can have. I learned more in my first year of work then I learned in 4 years at school.

    With that being said, If you have the means a small mock system (server, switch etc) would be ideal just to start playing around with things like server 08, Active Directory, Etc.

    Phil is recommending Microsoft certifications. Here is a nice little sight with some mock study tests for such certs.
    http://www.accelerated-ideas.com/aiMExamsChoose.aspx

    Here is another for other Certs such as your CCNA which i assume you'll want to work towards being geared towards a network admin and management.
    http://www.techexams.net/

    My suggestion is after school. Get a job starting out as like desktop support or something just to get your feet wet and while doing that start studying for your certs. Getting your A+, N+, Sec certs like Alvine did would be a great start and help you identify what your truly interested in and work towards bigger and better things. There's so many roads you can go down. Best of luck!!!

    Right now focus on school!
  5. unoriginal1 said:
    Alvine is correct. That is about the best preparation a person can have. I learned more in my first year of work then I learned in 4 years at school.

    With that being said, If you have the means a small mock system (server, switch etc) would be ideal just to start playing around with things like server 08, Active Directory, Etc.

    Phil is recommending Microsoft certifications. Here is a nice little sight with some mock study tests for such certs.
    http://www.accelerated-ideas.com/aiMExamsChoose.aspx

    Here is another for other Certs such as your CCNA which i assume you'll want to work towards being geared towards a network admin and management.
    http://www.techexams.net/

    My suggestion is after school. Get a job starting out as like desktop support or something just to get your feet wet and while doing that start studying for your certs. Getting your A+, N+, Sec certs like Alvine did would be a great start and help you identify what your truly interested in and work towards bigger and better things. There's so many roads you can go down. Best of luck!!!

    Right now focus on school!


    Thank you for the advice. Yeah I think I am going to build a mock system like you said. Our school has a few of those and I think it would help me a lot to learn more about the components. There sever racks have a server, switch, security appliance, router, and one more thing I can't think of. I would more than likely just use a computer as a server and get a switch to play around with.
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