What recognised qualifications do I need to become an IT Professional?

  • infinitefrien...

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    Feb 10, 2015 5:53 PM GMT
    What basic qualifications are needed to be hired for most IT-based jobs? This includes network maintenance and systems improvement, and possibly some programming.

    Thank you!
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    Feb 10, 2015 6:16 PM GMT
    This should probably be in the Technology section.

    For junior positions, Comptia Network+, Comptia A+, CCNA would be a good start.

    Years of experience usually wins out, certs really don't get you the job. A potential employer is likely to test your skills and knowledge with some questions and actually put you in a position where you have come with a solution for something hands on to see who good you are at problem solving. Communication is also important, taking initiative is a critical skill. If they sense you are someone they are gonna have to do a lot of hand holding with, they are not gonna bother with you.

    IT jobs want out of the box, veterans these days.

    Right now, I have to be moving my learning away from the Windows centric thinking I have depended on to broaden my options. Learning Linux Administration is very critical these days. Scripting on both Windows and Linux is critical.

    Microsoft recently said, their next release is going to require you know a lot of scripting using PowerShell to really deploy Windows Server.

    So, I would brush up on that as a critical part of acing any interviews.
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    Feb 11, 2015 4:49 AM GMT
    Acne. Pot-belly. All-black wardrobe. Disinterested attitude. The ability to come up with the most long-winded time-wasting set of instructions to: Unplug everything. Wait two minutes. Turn it on again. If that doesn't work, it's obviously "user error." Put them on hold, go out for beers!
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    Feb 12, 2015 1:18 AM GMT
    mindgarden saidAcne. Pot-belly. All-black wardrobe. Disinterested attitude. The ability to come up with the most long-winded time-wasting set of instructions to: Unplug everything. Wait two minutes. Turn it on again. If that doesn't work, it's obviously "user error." Put them on hold, go out for beers!


    LOL. You forgot to mention "a general disinterest in people" and "extreme discomfort with making eye contact."
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    Feb 12, 2015 6:07 PM GMT
    woodfordr said
    mindgarden saidAcne. Pot-belly. All-black wardrobe. Disinterested attitude. The ability to come up with the most long-winded time-wasting set of instructions to: Unplug everything. Wait two minutes. Turn it on again. If that doesn't work, it's obviously "user error." Put them on hold, go out for beers!


    LOL. You forgot to mention "a general disinterest in people and discomfort with eye contact."


    (laughing) You guys are bad.
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    Mar 03, 2015 9:05 AM GMT
    I supposed it all depends on the job you're seeking and which qualifications you can bring to the table.

    Ages ago when I started off, I was still in college and saw that I was getting more and more interested in how computers worked. When I saw an opening with a tech department, I jumped at the chance to apply to it. Happy accident: I had been working in the area for a few years and knew the clientele I'd be helping if I were to get this job. That, and my to-be boss said he liked my determination to learn stuff. Whether or not I got the job, I aimed to study up for the Microsoft Office (2003) Specialist cert.

    I started as a helpdesk tech, answering phones, logging tickets and doing some basic troubleshooting. My only way to go was up.

    You mention network maintenance, systems improvement and possibly some programming. Is there an area you'd like to focus on?

    Networking dudes (and dudettes) make sure stuff talks to each other no matter what the platform is. If your computer is having a hard time reaching a website, do you know how to troubleshoot that? What do you do if your roommates' wireless connection keeps dropping while you stream videos online? If a remote server is offering a service on a non-standard port, how would you determine this port without being able to log on to the remote server?

    Systems improvement...can be kind of vague. Not only would I imagine that deals with patching, but OS lifecycles, hardware lifecycles, application lifecycles, clustering, failover balancing, determining good reasons to move a machine from physical to virtual...and good reasons for keeping a machine physical, calculating IOPS for best performance given an intended use, etc

    Programming I would say requires a task at hand. If you don't know the more heavyweight languages, you could start off with scripting languages. *ducks before anyone has a chance to start throwing things for segregating scripting languages from "full" languages* On Windows, spend some time with PowerShell. On Mac, play with AppleScript. On Linux/Mac, play with Bash (or variations thereof)...and Python. For web stuff, play with JavaScript and PHP. For desktop/mobile apps, which platform are you wanting to learn? For Windows, you should put your weight on Visual Basic and C# and XAML. For OS X, Objective-C and Swift. C and/or C++ will be beneficial for Windows/OS X/Linux. For mobile apps: Visual Basic or C# for Windows Phone, Objective-C or Swift for iOS, Java for Android.
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    Apr 01, 2015 4:07 AM GMT
    @mujock83, thanks for the tips.
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    Apr 01, 2015 5:29 AM GMT
    infinitefriend9 saidWhat recognised qualifications do I need to become an IT Professional?
    A big brain and a small dick.
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    Apr 01, 2015 11:12 AM GMT
    paulflexes said
    infinitefriend9 saidWhat recognised qualifications do I need to become an IT Professional?
    A big brain and a small dick.


    Paul is mad because he has a matching little brain and dickicon_lol.gif