IT Certifications and Careers (Official Discussion Thread)

Dave24

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When it comes to certs, this is what I was always used for guidance.


All the certs I have are from this list. Lol kill your competition and aim for the cissp. You will get the associate of isc designation And given like 5 to 6 years to be a full cissp.


You can search LinkedIn n indeed to see how many hits you get per certification. With that said most of them like cisa, crisc, cissp with no experience you won't be eligible for submission for 3 to 5 years.
Thats a good resource, gonna look through that later
 

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Checking in. Any brehs still in Identity Management? I'm at a bit of a crossroads.

Got tapped today by our director for an opening... it's a lateral move in terms of pay (Cot DAMN I want more money :snoop:) and I think it's more Identity Access LITE... really just assigning groupers. At the same time, there's an opening on the more A+ side with computers and a manager over there is interested in me joining. My experience has been with MDM (WorkSpace One) and I'm really interested in the deeper side of that but I'm so damn fed up with Help desk :beli: Leaning towards the Identity gig.


Pros:
- Get to fiddle with Azure AD once we finally migrate there
- Should complement my MDM experience
- No more weekends and I can work 2-3 days or possibly completely from home... Lots more time to get back in shape and hustle my side biz

Cons:
- I NEED more money
- Not trying to move laterally

Unknown:
-The experience is either valuable AF or the burnout is insane cause they've been running thru bodies
Peace breh,

If I were you, I would take on the promotion with one goal : skill up. Find a way to build up on everything possible especially on Azure security. In interviews, link your Azure IAM knowledge and WorkSpace One (mention to older interviewers that it is the newer version of Airwatch). That is a very valuable set of skills right there.

Look at DLP strategies / policies (via Azure and entreprise level even) as a complement to your MDM experience. Try to see what other controls you can get experience on (antivirus, vulnerability management, firewall...).

Are you also doing patching via WS1 ? If yes, learn also entreprise vulnerability management or strategies.

The only way to get to the money is to skill up, then switch jobs. Take the promotion for a year (or at least 6 months) and do the appropriate certs before applying to another job to get more money.

If you really want the money, get your experience during the week then work on your certs on the weekend (at least half a day). If you follow this plan for about 1.5 years, you can possibly double your salary depending on how you interview.
 

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Peace breh,

If I were you, I would take on the promotion with one goal : skill up. Find a way to build up on everything possible especially on Azure security. In interviews, link your Azure IAM knowledge and WorkSpace One (mention to older interviewers that it is the newer version of Airwatch). That is a very valuable set of skills right there.

Look at DLP strategies / policies (via Azure and entreprise level even) as a complement to your MDM experience. Try to see what other controls you can get experience on (antivirus, vulnerability management, firewall...).

Are you also doing patching via WS1 ? If yes, learn also entreprise vulnerability management or strategies.

The only way to get to the money is to skill up, then switch jobs. Take the promotion for a year (or at least 6 months) and do the appropriate certs before applying to another job to get more money.

If you really want the money, get your experience during the week then work on your certs on the weekend (at least half a day). If you follow this plan for about 1.5 years, you can possibly double your salary depending on how you interview.
I'm doing basic, surface level support with WS1. Been studying Intune recently but I get most of the concepts. We haven't switched to Azure just yet so maybe I should start there? Thanks for the input foreal.
 

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Yeah, that's a good resource. You won't need all those certs but it's a good guide. And some of those certs like the CCENT are retired. And some I don't even think employers ask for like the ITF+ or Cloud+. Any brehs in the thread who work with the Cloud? Is the Cloud+ worth it?

From what I know most companies don't even care to recognise the Cloud+ like that. You're better off with AWS Solutions Architect Associate which has waaay more value.
 

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Just took the AWS Network Specialty Exam….

I didn’t prepare for some reason and decided to wing it. It was hard as shyt. I’ll find out in 24 hours if I wasted $150 and 3 hours of my time
Did you pass?
 

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Did you pass?
Nah 734/1000 and I needed 750 to pass smh. Basically failed by 1 question.

If I would have even reviewed shyt for a day before the exam I would have passed. Or even if I just went back and looked at flagged questions I could have fixed 1 of them and passed. I had over an hour left when I clicked submit. That’s on me for being lazy and dumb :mjcry:

Oh well I’ll actually study a little bit to make sure I’m familiar with the concepts in the newest version of the exam before taking it again in a couple weeks.
 

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Nah 734/1000 and I needed 750 to pass smh. Basically failed by 1 question.

If I would have even reviewed shyt for a day before the exam I would have passed. Or even if I just went back and looked at flagged questions I could have fixed 1 of them and passed. I had over an hour left when I clicked submit. That’s on me for being lazy and dumb :mjcry:

Oh well I’ll actually study a little bit to make sure I’m familiar with the concepts in the newest version of the exam before taking it again in a couple weeks.
Good Luck on your second attempt, man. You were so close.
 

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Checking in. Any brehs still in Identity Management? I'm at a bit of a crossroads.

Got tapped today by our director for an opening... it's a lateral move in terms of pay (Cot DAMN I want more money :snoop:) and I think it's more Identity Access LITE... really just assigning groupers. At the same time, there's an opening on the more A+ side with computers and a manager over there is interested in me joining. My experience has been with MDM (WorkSpace One) and I'm really interested in the deeper side of that but I'm so damn fed up with Help desk :beli: Leaning towards the Identity gig.


Pros:
- Get to fiddle with Azure AD once we finally migrate there
- Should complement my MDM experience
- No more weekends and I can work 2-3 days or possibly completely from home... Lots more time to get back in shape and hustle my side biz

Cons:
- I NEED more money
- Not trying to move laterally

Unknown:
-The experience is either valuable AF or the burnout is insane cause they've been running thru bodies
Interview is tomorrow. I think I technically already have the job, but we still gotta go through the song and dance.

@bdizzle you still around? Sounds like you really found your niche in this shyt
giphy.webp
 

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:ehh: Does it automatically go into effect since I already have my A+, Network+, & Security+?

Here's the link from the official CompTIA website: Stackable Certifications




:ohhh: Looks like I'll pursue Net+, Sec+, & maybe even Linux+ after the upcoming spring semester so I can add all 3 of stackable specialist certs to my resume.
Has the stackable certs given you guys more Recognition from employers?
 

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