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  1. Senior Member shimasensei's Avatar
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    (love me some Popeye's...)
    Don't forget the freshly brewed sweet tea + cajun fries!
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    My personal weaknesses are red beans and rice, along with mashed potatoes with cajun gravy.

    So much yum.
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    Not sure what the normal protocols are, but I found that Intro to IT (C182) was activated for me today.

    I have knocked out the pre-assessment, and am currently working through the modules, until I get a course monitor assigned, so I can take the actual assessment on 7/1.

    Is it fairly normal to have access to the pre-assessments and all of the course modules, once orientation is completed?
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    Yes. You should have full access to your entire degree plan. I was able to spend the second half of December prepping that class then took the final in the first or second week once school officially started on Jan 1st. Take advantage of the time!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rylee1246 View Post
    Yes. You should have full access to your entire degree plan. I was able to spend the second half of December prepping that class then took the final in the first or second week once school officially started on Jan 1st. Take advantage of the time!
    Doing exactly that. Just got the notification that I passed Orientation, and I got a mentor assigned. I should be through all of the modules for Intro to IT today, and will start working on the next class. It would be nice to line up assessments in the first week.
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    #56
    With your Security+ cert, in the Hampton Roads area (with all the DoD contractors), I would think you'd be an easy hire as the DoD contractors have to fill seats to meet their contract requirements. I've seen quite a few contractors just put people in seats (who had certs)...just because they met the DoD 8570 requirement but did not fully understand the job requirements - and then they'd be trained up quickly.

    Looking at job sites such as Indeed, Glassdoor, etc....Security+ jobs are all over the Hampton Roads/Tidewater area - Is the degree holding you back that much?
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    Three months of effort, and no luck in the DoD or private sector. The bigger holdup is the lack of a clearance. Degree, CISSP and clearance. At least two are required.
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    6/18 update...

    I finished working through Intro to IT (C182), and started working my way through Critical Thinking and Logic. After a few hours, it seemed like a great deal of common sense, aside from some vocabulary pieces. This afternoon, I decided to try the pre-assessment, and just see where I landed.

    Yeah, I'm fine.

    So, here is where we are:

    Completed:
    Orientation (ORA1)

    Waiting for Assessment:
    Introduction to IT (C182)
    Critical Thinking and Logic ( C168 )

    Working on:
    Spreadsheets ( C268 )
    Web Development Foundations (C779)

    Next up:
    Business of IT Applications (C179)

    Now that I have some exposure, I am feeling pretty confident. I think my biggest challenge will be the CCNA and CCNA:Security stuff. I am pushing everything else hard, to give myself plenty of time for those.

    Quick note: I was already studying for the CIW test for Web Development Foundations, before getting access. I still have a few things I want to review prior to the test, but it is pretty much waiting for the assessment as well. I will say that the Web Development Foundations covers a LOT of material. Not sure how the assessment will be structured, but the material is a lot to cover.
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    Really interested in how accelerating the CCNA stuff goes. LMK
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    Really interested in how accelerating the CCNA stuff goes. LMK
    I think that will be the most interesting part. I don't know that the CCNA will accelerate well. Instead, I am accelerating everything else, to give the CCNA as much time as possible.
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    Definitely. Still curious how long it ends up taking!
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    Laying out a full update here, with the general plan I am using. As stated above, my impression is that the CCNA exams will require the most prep time, so I am working to knock out as much as possible early, to give the CCNA classes as much time as possible. I also just had the first call with my student mentor, to ensure he was on board. We just scheduled our second call for Wednesday, so we can get all of the pre-assessments unlocked, etc.

    With that said, here is the plan:

    Completed:
    Orientation (ORA1)


    Ready for Assessment:

    Introduction to IT (C182)
    Critical Thinking and Logic ( C168 )
    Spreadsheets ( C268 )
    Web Development Foundations (C779)

    Working on:
    Business of IT - Applications (C179)

    Up Next:
    Operating Systems I (C697)
    Operating Systems II ( C698 )
    Networks (C480)
    Business of IT - Project Management (C176)
    Principles of Management (C483)
    Technical Communication ( C768 )
    Fundamentals of Interconnecting Network Devices (C246)
    Interconnecting Network Devices (C247)
    Designing Customized Security (C299)
    IT Capstone Written Project (C769)

    That's it. 15 classes between me and my degree. With the term officially beginning on 7/1, I am planning on testing through Intro to IT, Critical Thinking, Spreadsheets, Web Dev Fundamentals and Business Applications during the first week.

    I will take the month of July to prep for the two CompTIA certs (Linux+ and Network+), with the Project+ and Principles of Management in August. That leaves September through December for the CCNA and Capstone.
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    #63
    For those who may be following along intending to do the same, I have structured my terms in the degree plan as follows:

    Term 1:
    Orientation
    Intro to IT
    Critical Thinking and Logic
    Web Development Foundations
    Spreadsheets
    Business of IT - Applications

    Term 2:
    Operating Systems I
    Operating Systems II
    Principles of Management
    Business of IT - Project Management
    Networks

    Term 3:
    Technical Communication
    Fundamentals of Interconnecting Network Devices
    Interconnecting Network Devices
    Designing Customized Security
    IT Capstone

    I am just looking at the first two terms as being 1 month long, instead of 6 months long.
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    You seem quite confident in knocking out L+ and Net+ within a month's time and the ITIL/Proj+ within another month. Are you experienced with all of the above?

    Completed: ITIL-F, A+, S+, CCENT, CCNA R|S
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    Quote Originally Posted by p@r0tuXus View Post
    You seem quite confident in knocking out L+ and Net+ within a month's time and the ITIL/Proj+ within another month. Are you experienced with all of the above?
    I have a good deal of experience in these areas. There is another thread talking about the pros and cons of working for an NPO. One of those pros is that you work on a very small team, so you get exposure to a wide range, and you hold a large number of responsibilities.

    With regards to Linux, I started playing with it in 1999. I know this, because I just ran across a post I made to the comp.unix.advocacy newsgroup back when I was first starting. (When people say that what you post on the internet is there forever, they weren't kidding.....)

    I have been involved in networking since 2003, with varying levels of intensity. I am more concerned about the somewhat sporadic nature of the Net+ exam that others have reported, rather than the actual knowledge.

    I first got involved with project management in 1998, and was exposed to a strong system in 2001 at Procter & Gamble. Since that time, I have found that I received more opportunities to work on project management when I worked for smaller organizations. When your team is small, effective project management is a must. Through various partnerships, I have had a chance to work with ISO 9xxx, ISO 14xxx and ISO 27xxx. I also worked extensively with Six Sigma through the federal "Mentor-Protege" program with Northrop Grumman. As far as ITIL, I first started working with it in 2012, but I have also worked with COBIT.

    I am sure I have gaps in my knowledge set, but I am really working towards filling those gaps, rather than learning a completely new skill. So far, the content has been more review than new learning. I expect that to continue until I get to the details of the CCNA material. I have not spent a lot of time in a Cisco environment, so I don't know how much overlap exists. (An example: Over the years, I have always preferred the HP ProCurve series over Cisco switches, so that is what I used.)

    Most importantly, I am someone who learns quickly in a self-directed environment. That cannot be stressed enough. I spend my mornings sending and responding to resumes, then spend 80% of my day studying. I know/hope a job will curtail that some, so I am compressing as much of that studying in as I can, before that becomes a factor.

    Who knows. Maybe this won't work out as I planned, and this thread will become a roadmap of what not to do. But, it is the plan I have in place, so it is what I am working from.
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    Quote Originally Posted by p@r0tuXus View Post
    You seem quite confident in knocking out L+ and Net+ within a month's time and the ITIL/Proj+ within another month. Are you experienced with all of the above?
    LOL, OP has 20+ years of IT.

    Project+ & ITIL is just memorizing stuff. Not really rocket science.
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    Is anyone here familiar with the differences between the ITsec degree and the cybersec degree WGU offers?
    I've laid out the basic classes I would need to take from straightline and whatnot but for the most part they don't seem very different. Once you finish your gen ed reqs, the cybersec degree seems to be a little more focused on sec related material and less on basic computer classes like the ITsec, but they honestly seem so similar I'm wondering why they even offer both considering how limited their number of degree programs are.
    Can somebody with a BS in ITsec from WGU take the MS in Cyber security from WGU? Seems like this may be slightly faster and easier than the route of going BS in cybersec to MS in cybersec.

    From a hiring managers perspective, is a bachelors in IT:Security any different than a bachelors in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jdancer View Post
    LOL, OP has 20+ years of IT.

    Project+ & ITIL is just memorizing stuff. Not really rocket science.
    Firstly, you're entirely right as I'd forgotten those details given the length of time I've followed this thread. Oversight on my part, no mis-credit unto OP. The L+ and N+ material in a months' time seemed like it could require more time from someone who mostly had MS certs. Perhaps their experience wasn't in these other two areas. I'm glad to hear that's not the case, as I've been messaging with OP and am really rooting for them. Hoping to follow in their footsteps with some of this execution.

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    And we are off to the races! Well, kinda....

    It is now 68 minutes into my first term of enrollment at WGU. What better plan than to officially enroll in the courses, and get the first set of assessments scheduled, right?

    Heh, suckers.

    When I try to enroll through the degree plan, it tells me there was an error enrolling, and still shows me as "cleared to start".

    Hopefully, this is just a matter of not being able to enroll until normal hours. Either way, I have sent an email to the Help Desk, and it should get clarified fairly quickly. I still have access to the pre-assessments for C168, C182 and C268, as well as the CIW practice tests for C779. Will work on those tonight, and hopefully all will be resolved tomorrow.

    Also need to figure out how long I need to wait for the webcam, or work out a local testing center for next week.

    Time to get this show moving.
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    Get used to the WGU problems. They are just a well hyped University of Phoenix rip-off.

    Hopefully, you get the first of many problems resolved soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jibtech View Post
    Knocked out another this morning. I just passed the CIW Database Design Specialist exam (1D0-541).

    I know the CIW exams are much maligned, but I can definitely say this covered databases far better than the Microsoft MTA Database Fundamentals that I passed for the first database class at WGU. Just a comparison from someone who did both.

    So that brings me to:

    Completed:
    Data Management - Foundations - Complete (MS 98-364 MTA: Database Fundamentals) - 3 credits
    Data Management - Applications - Complete (CIW Exam 1D0-541) - 4 credits
    The transfer guide says the CIW 1D0-541 certification satisfies both classes, but will WGU allow one cert to transfer to two classes? I'm thinking I'll just take the CIW Database cert instead of the MTA and get a two-fer.

    If WGU doesn't allow this, I'll have to get both the MTA and CIW like you did.

    Keep up the amazing progress, by the way. This thread is motivational.
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    Woke up this morning and everything works. I am now officially enrolled!

    Quote Originally Posted by Cert Poor View Post
    The transfer guide says the CIW 1D0-541 certification satisfies both classes, but will WGU allow one cert to transfer to two classes? I'm thinking I'll just take the CIW Database cert instead of the MTA and get a two-fer.

    If WGU doesn't allow this, I'll have to get both the MTA and CIW like you did.

    Keep up the amazing progress, by the way. This thread is motivational.
    Thanks! Glad you like it!

    As far as WGU allowing one cert to knock out two classes, yes. The Security+ and A+ both knock out two classes each. As far as the CIW certificate doing so, I would be dubious personally. Between the two, the CIW test is far more comprehensive and is a better test of your knowledge.

    Having done both, you can easily pass the MTA if you can pass the CIW, and the cost for the MTA is pretty minimal.

    If you are studying for the the CIW, the uCertify material is fantastic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by adrenaline19 View Post
    Get used to the WGU problems. They are just a well hyped University of Phoenix rip-off.

    Hopefully, you get the first of many problems resolved soon.
    Pay no attention to this guy.
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    Welcome to WGU Jibtech. I hope you enjoy the journey.
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    Sigh. My kingdom for a camera....

    With July 4th falling last Tuesday, I am sure the mail system was affected. Nonetheless, I am sitting here on 7/10, waiting patiently for my camera to arrive.

    In the meantime, I have done all of the coursework and studying for C168, C182, C268 and C779. Pre-assessments are passed where applicable. I am also hitting 100% on the uCertify prep and practice tests for C779.

    I have scheduled the CIW exam for 7/12 at the local testing center.

    Since I can't go any further, I am now working on C179. I took the pre-assessment prior to studying, and just barely missed the cutoff. I am studying hard and hopefully, I will be putting this on the list of tests to take as soon as the camera arrives.

    Unfortunate delay, but not a major deal breaker, and it should be over soon.

    Okay! Back to the books!
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