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« on: September 10, 2005, 03:26:09 PM »

Hi, Im 23 years old, and have a 2-year computer diploma in CISY. I'm kinda stuck in limbo not knowing where to go from here Sad Should I try to get some certs or go back to school and get a bachlors, or just leave IT altogether? It seems I always make the wrong decisions, so I would value  anyones suggestion(s). Thanks.
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« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2005, 12:17:52 AM »

Well, quitting the industry before you ever get into the industry doesn't sound like a wise choice.

Get a job on a helpdesk, computer repair store, or as a technician. While you're getting real world experience, get some certs. A+ is always useful for people just starting out. Take at least one Microsoft exam so you can put MCP on your resume. After a year or two, start looking for a better paying job. If you have the moxy, work on getting your Bachelor's degree part time. Once you have a Bachelor's degree, some certs and a few years experience, you should be in pretty good shape.

Just my two cents. Good luck my friend.
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« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2005, 09:23:24 PM »

4 yrs degree is important in long term...

School, experience and certification make you most valuable than other..
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« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2005, 11:00:47 PM »

DO get your degree. It DOES matter. From what I have personally seen, an Associates really is only effective for local-area jobs.  

For example, an associates from Mobile, AL won't get much respect from a company located in San Jose, CA, whereas the qualification of a Bachelor's is immensely more powerful.

Local job-wise, an associates will still not compare to a Bachelors. Whether you see the value in a degree 1 or 10 years down the road, it does matter.  Definetly finish the Bachelor's, and do what you can in the meantime, i.e, part-time job, certifications, or both if you can.

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