+ Reply to Thread
Page 2 of 2 First 12
Results 26 to 31 of 31
  1. Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Posts
    17
    #26
    Cert courses are usually pricey, but should be looked at as an investment per say. Ideally, you get your foot in the door somewhere, and they will pay for training, exam and bump your pay after you obtain the cert. I guess that's why places like NH have such high costs...because corporations will pay to fill a need without batting an eye. Those leads those of us that are flipping the bill ourselves carefully weighing the cost/benefit ratio.

    If you have toiled with computers, building your own systems and troubleshot computers for a while, you can self study the A+. If you have a strong interest in Networks, same with the Net+.

    Are you basing this 3 year period on your entrance to the WGU program? If so, I would just call someone in the admissions department tomorrow. You'd be surprised....some schools just want the money and might waive certain entrance requirements, and it would save you all the time [and money] on certifications/training.
    Last edited by JCGee; 01-12-2011 at 10:06 PM.
    Reply With Quote Quote  

  2. SS -->
  3. Junior Member kidjudge's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Pittsburgh Pa
    Posts
    22

    Certifications
    None
    #27
    Quote Originally Posted by JCGee View Post
    Cert courses are usually pricey, but should be looked at as an investment per say. Ideally, you get your foot in the door somewhere, and they will pay for training, exam and bump your pay after you obtain the cert. I guess that's why places like NH have such high costs...because corporations will pay to fill a need without batting an eye. Those leads those of us that are flipping the bill ourselves carefully weighing the cost/benefit ratio.

    If you have toiled with computers, building your own systems and troubleshot computers for a while, you can self study the A+. If you have a strong interest in Networks, same with the Net+.

    Are you basing this 3 year period on your entrance to the WGU program? If so, I would just call someone in the admissions department tomorrow. You'd be surprised....some schools just want the money and might waive certain entrance requirements, and it would save you all the time [and money] on certifications/training.
    No the 3 years is for me to get to Florida I just moved to PIT and the wife is not trying to hear about a move for at least 3 years. I was thinking abiout WGU but I really have no desire to get a degree I just want the certs. I have been trying to get a job in Florida for awhile and while I am stuck in PA for awhile I might as well get all the knowledge that I can while I am here and have this job.

    My field is aviation but the Orlando and Daytona Beach Area the airports are not hiring too many ppl in management in the aviation community. I have always loved computers and want to get into the field. In 3 years if all I can do is work at Best Buy then I am ok with that but I would think that with a 3 year window I should be able to get some certifications to help me out. Just dont have the most money to pay for all of them.
    Reply With Quote Quote  

  4. Cisco Moderator mikej412's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    Chicago
    Posts
    10,190

    Certifications
    CCNP CCIP CCSP CCVP CCDP CCDA CCNA CS-CIPSS CS-CIPTDS CS-CIPTOS CS-CIPCSS CS-CFWS CS-CVPNS CS-CISecS ISSP 4013 4011
    #28
    Quote Originally Posted by JCGee View Post
    I was in talks with a new horizon consultant 2 weeks ago after responding to a job posting they had on a site. Turns out it was a misleading ad and they wanted $19000 for a course where they pump out most base certs all the way to the MICTP or MCSE depending on path chosen.
    The problem with New Horizon is that you don't know if you're getting a good training center or a scum of the earth training center.

    The ones running the FAKE JOB SCAM to sell training are most likely the SCUM of the Earth training centers. They probably are "dump camps" where they teach you the answers to the exams. Those should be avoided at all costs. Those are definitely worse than the "earn the money you deserve" for-profit "training centers" that just target gullible people to sign up for student loans with false/hyped statements about their job prospects after training.

    Unfortunately even the "good ones" may pressure their instructors to keep an unrealistic certification exam pass rate if they want to keep their training job/contract. Or an instructor may decide on their own to get more training jobs by increasing their pass rate.

    For a noob to take a 5 day course and pass a certification exam is at best a short term "CRAM JOB" -- not a long term solution to gaining the knowledge and skills to perform on the job. Worst case it's a "DUMP CAMP" teaching people the answers to the exam questions to earn a useless piece of paper that they can't back up with knowledge and skills.
    Reply With Quote Quote  

  5. Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Posts
    273

    Certifications
    CCENT, CCNA, CCNA Voice.
    #29
    I decided I didnt wannt to be a civil engineer for the rest of my life back in january 2008, and I order Todd Lamle's CCNA book because getting the CCNA certification was "a sure way to get my foot in the IT world" here in my country.

    After reading that book labbing a lot and reading both interconnecting Cisco Devices 1-2 and The official certification guides (and about 8 months later, because I got a job in early april of that year) I decided I was ready and took and pass both exams in my first attempts.

    I went gladly to modify my resume to add my newly acquired CCNA cert with some certainty the phone was going to ring soon and repeatedly, with lots of great companies requiring my sevices. It didnt happen, but I had already started studying for both BSCI and a few weeks later the CCNA Voice...

    I had a job and then a business startup...it wasnt easy but I kept on reading, studying and labbing, realizing that IT was the career I had to pick from the day one. I had access to the full TestOut training material and watching some of the Microsoft Server 2k8 training got me very interested in that. I split my time betwen Cisco (BSCI, CCNA Voice -actually passed the exam for that one-, SWITCH, CCDA, CCNA Security lots of design documents from the Cisco Website) and Microsoft (Active directory, Network infrastructure) and never took any exam besides the CCNA Voice, mostly because of my personal economy was too bad to do it.

    During that period I was contacted by Preplogic and I was contracted to write the CCNP SWITCH Mega Guide (they havent paid me and refuse to even reply to emails or calls, btw, i think you people should stay away from that company). I'm really proud of the work I did for that one. I think it is a great guide...

    I went to about 3 interviews with all of them showing a lot of interest and even greater respect for my determination, but in all cases they needed experienced professionals in areas that I personally considered myself weak (wireless and security)

    I went to an interview about 3 weeks ago. Almost 3 years after deciding I was going to change careers and was going to become a network engineer. They had me solve some minor issues with Active Directory and ISA server. They also had me install a network drive.

    The job is mine now and I am the network administrator for a 3 servers, 45 users domain under Server 2k8, with a couple routers, several switches and 4 Access Points. They will be installing a very expensive datacenter soon and a lot of contractors are going to come in to help, but I will be there too, working directly and mainly in the design and also in the implementation.

    That long story was to let you know that times are hard and that a a start in IT is not something that comes from 3 months of studies and gaining a CCNA. It used to be, not it's not.

    If you think you have the passion to keep on learning for a very long period of time then go for it because i is a win-win situation. If you really need to be optimistic and think about 3-6 months before you get your first job i would strongly suggest you keep looking for your passion. You need passion to reallly shine at whatever you do. You simply CANNOT compete at the same level of someone who feels passion about what he does...

    Now I am in a situation where all the work Ive put can show. And I am in a situation where a little effort to get microsoft certs like MCITP: SA can really make a difference because I will have the experience to back it up. But it took a lot of time and more than being optimistic. I knew I was going to push through it because i am passionate about all this. It wasnnt optimisn. It was knowing for a fact that I was going to do whatever it took to get there.

    I hope you feel the same way and i really really hope it is easier for you!!!
    Reply With Quote Quote  

  6. Junior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    Location
    Salt Lake City, UT
    Posts
    12

    Certifications
    CompTIA Security+, Network+, Project+ CIW Web Design Specialist, CIW JavaScript Specialist, CIW Database Design Specialist.
    #30
    I just finished with Ashworth with my AS. It's a good starter online school but I am much more excited (and comfortable with employ-ability) with WGU. Ashworth is only nationally accredited (similar to most community colleges or trade colleges). It is affordable, online and work at your own pace. The materials are outdated (but you're learning only some Gen Eds and some basics) and it takes a week for books to ship. I didn't have enough experience to get into the WGU without the AS so it worked for me, but would not recommend it to others if they had other options.
    Reply With Quote Quote  

  7. Junior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    Michigan
    Posts
    18

    Certifications
    None Yet
    #31
    Just starting out myself, can't wait to take the A+
    Reply With Quote Quote  

+ Reply to Thread
Page 2 of 2 First 12

Social Networking & Bookmarks