I'm looking to make a career switch. I have a assoc. Degree in horticulture right now. I work for a tree company as an Arborist. I'm 29 years old. I've always been a hobbiest in the computer world. Many years ago I started taking a mcse course. Then decided I didn't want to work inside in cubicles. Regretting that now. Anyone here go/went to ITT Tech or ECPI? More expensive then regular college but faster graduation? Would you go to get a degree or just take some certifications to enter the industry. I'm looking to get into network security. Linux certification would be something I'm persuing. Maybe some mac certification as well.
I guess I was lucky and got my 4 year right out of high school, but this is what I've been told.
If you have almost no real world experience, a degree is almost a must. Certs can help, but solely relying on them will severely limit your opportunities.
You mentioned you want to get into Network Security. My guess is get a 2yr+ degree in networking and get a cert in security.
A Cert is more of a complement to what you already know, not a class in that area.
From personal experience from classes and working as IT and working with people in Networking and Security, that's a good route to go. You're not stuck in a cubicle and you get to meet people. Like any IT job, it's not really social, but you get to be more social than a programmer and more walking to boot.
I went from working at a warehouse on my feet all day to programming and not moving. Not sure which is worse, standing or sitting all day.
January 11, 2010 1:36:05 PM
First - Good for you, that's wonderful that you are considering advancing your career!!
I've heard a lot of good things about ECPI, especially with IT related programs. yeah, i heard that might be higher cost, but faster to get your degree. I agree with Kewlx25 that a degree will help you be more competitive in the long term than only a certification.
I considered ITT when I was younger and never went. I didn't have any idea what I wanted to do, and the tuition was above 20,000 which turned me off.
I've been at my current job as a network administrator for almost 3 years. When I started, I had limited experience and I was probably midway into my associates degree : network admin and support w\ a focus on cisco systems.
Anyhow...I've currently got an mcp cert and my ccent and am taking the icnd2 test next month to complete my ccna. I'm pretty confident that after I have my ccna, I'll have alot more job opportunities, especially if I extend it and get my cvoice or another specialized cert.
Certs will look good and help get you interviews and call backs but you'll need experience to land a good paying job.