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Hello all,


Didn't know where to post it so i posted it here.

I recently graduated from technical univercity here in greece(Computer /Software engineer) and i wanted to take some MsC but i don't have the money for it(i want to go either Scotland or Sweden , here in greece MsC subjects suck tongue.gif).


So i wanted to take some IT certifications in order to get some job inside Greece(chances are low) or in Europe.

I have 9 months experience in Computer shop(technical/IT guy) and 6 months as IT administrator(mostly an all-around guy on Computers/mobile phones and other things) in Greek army.

What you would recommend me to do?


P.S. I am a junior web developer as well. Started learning html/css/js/jquery like 3 months ago... still in the process of learning no projects until now although i am thinking making my own site.


Sorry if i posted it in wrong section... i didn;t knew where to post it.
post #2 of 3
Hi there,

You should have a clear objective of what area of IT you want to go into. Or look at the market to see whats currently in demand.

I am a firm believer that any qualifications beyond the base level ones should be backed up by suitable experience in the workplace. I have worked with too many people that have the skills on paper but lack real world experience and therefore get stuck when they are faced with a non textbook problem.

I am a technical architect specialising in wintel (Windows server technologies)/ clustered and virtualised environments. I worked my way up from the bottom, 1st line help desk support, through 2nd Line Desktop support, 2nd Line server support, 3rd line infrastructure administration, specialised project work implementing certain technologies and migrations and now I work a technical architect designing and developing infrastructure.

I left college with a basic IT qualification and then after about 6 months desktop support experience looked at the MCP in windows XP and MCDST at the time which I took and passed. Through the more advanced experience I gained at work, I then progressed naturally through the certification path for a windows based IT support route. Onto MCSA in server 2003.

I then upgraded to MCITP:SA which is the equivilant in server 2008/win7.

Its a very personal thing and all I can say it study for something you are enjoying, such as web development and look into qualifications for that path. Find yourself a junior position in that industry and using the experience you gain... Follow a route to more advanced qualifications that seem like natural progress.

Qualifications should be for proving and certifying what you know and are doing already, not as the sole motivation for learning.

In a few years time, you will look back on this after a good amount of experience, maybe a few moves into higher level positions, a nice collection of certifications and you will say "Whats next!".

Hope this helps.

Tom
MCP, MCDST, MCSA, MCITP:SA, VMWARE VCP5-DCV
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An entry-level networking certification or two are always good to have, at a minimum (CCNA, for example). Security certs are always good also.

For whatever reason, some employers actually attach value to the CompTIA certifications (Network+, Security+, A+, etc.). In my opinion, these are joke certifications compared to what you could get from Cisco or Juniper, but they're relatively easy to get. However, like I said earlier, employers actually look for those.
 
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