IT Certifications and Careers (Official Discussion Thread)

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Anywhere I can get in for real. I mostly do web design.
Oh ok, I unfortunately can't speak to web design. Do you have a portfolio? Just some designer projects that you can link to on your resume? A test client or so? The only reason I say that is because getting in is a job in itself but if you literally do web design now, you could narrow your search and tailor your resume so you can skip to level 1 bullshyt. If you already had a skill like Web Design, your first job theoretically should already make everything you did up to this point worth it.
 

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Did you do any internships during your junior / senior year?

Outside of coursework, what do you have experience with?
I'm a single dad plus work so I didn't do much extra. On my resume I have that I started my own web development company but I don't really have a portfolio.
 

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I'm a single dad plus work so I didn't do much extra. On my resume I have that I started my own web development company but I don't really have a portfolio.
Props on being a responsible father. As you know IT is far reaching. So, if you didn't do so during school, find out what field you want to specialize in. Find something that will keep your interest.

I did web design for quite a few years, but with the rise of Wordpress and other CMS systems, it was cheaper for people to go that route. Here are a few avenues to explore:

Network security
Help Desk / Customer Service
Project Management (I'm putting this on the list, but don't do this until you are well versed in IT)
System Admin (Windows or Linux)
AWS / Azure
Communications
Patch Management
Vulnerability Management
Identity Managment
Active Directory

...as you can see the list can go on forever. As a rule, getting your Security+ cert is a good first step.

Let me know if you need a book on a topic, I'll see if I can get it for you.
 

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I'm a single dad plus work so I didn't do much extra. On my resume I have that I started my own web development company but I don't really have a portfolio.
You have a company but no portfolio? So you have never been paid for your services? If that’s the case. Create a GitHub. Add code to the GitHub everyday. Build a portfolio (websites). Use the portfolio to get clients and Portfolio + GitHub to get jobs. You get what you put in, in this field. Sans the degree.

Edit: Read the last 100 pages of this thread too.
 

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Did you do any internships during your junior / senior year?

Outside of coursework, what do you have experience with?
No. I did some learning on the side through udemy and youtube. I built a couple websites but my portfolio is terrible. I didn't know I would need all the extra effort just to get a job.
 
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Just got my Bachelors in IT and I just feel hopeless trying to find a job.

How far have you gotten when applying to jobs? Are you getting any phone screens or interviews with hiring managers?

Anywhere I can get in for real. I mostly do web design.

Was web design part of your coursework for your degree or is that something you decided to pursue after the fact? How proficient are you in JavaScript, php, Python, etc.? I'm just asking because IT/IS may be viewed as a different discipline than development/programming. I feel like some cloud roles sit in between but it depends on the company and role.

I'm a single dad plus work so I didn't do much extra. On my resume I have that I started my own web development company but I don't really have a portfolio.

This really needs to be included in a cover letter. A lot of people take unpaid internships while in college for the experience but that's not reasonable in your case. Explain it a cover letter and fukk anyone for not understanding.

No. I did some learning on the side through udemy and youtube. I built a couple websites but my portfolio is terrible. I didn't know I would need all the extra effort just to get a job.

It's like that for most people unfortunately. I underestimated how hard it would be to get a job too. I got to a point where I realized I needed to start applying to as many jobs as possible to improve my chances.

With the current concerns about the economy and companies down/right sizing, it's to be rough for a lot of people.
 

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No IT background or experience in the field. I want to change careers and I’ve always been into computers. Is the comptia ITF+ worth it?
 

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is it a good idea to leave a desktop support contract early for a deployment tech role (slightly better pay) ? The Desktop contract was supposed to last a year but now they’re saying its gonna end earlier, the deployment contract is for the next 4 months?
 
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