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listen man you already know how to build and troubleshoot a computer, what you need to learn is networking and how to setup networks. Small business network setup is a very lucrative business. I have many friends and they need networks setup in their offices, from lawyer to a dentist, and they both don't know where to look. Either the guy wants too much or they don't know how well the guy will back it up. Companies like Dell offer unbeatable deals on computers for small businesses and big businesses, so apart from building custom PCs you really can't do much with building computers for them. Networking is where the money is at, if you can set one up and maintain it with little headaches you will make tons of money. Word of mouth is invaluable.

Congratulations!. I got my A+ cert back when i worked at compusa, like 10 years ago, since then i went to school and graduated and work for the government now*(my major has 0 to do with computers, even though i took a bunch of electrical engineering courses, all the science courses you can imagine, and too much math). You never know where your education will lead you. Congrats.
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listen man you already know how to build and troubleshoot a computer, what you need to learn is networking and how to setup networks. Small business network setup is a very lucrative business. I have many friends and they need networks setup in their offices, from lawyer to a dentist, and they both don't know where to look. Either the guy wants too much or they don't know how well the guy will back it up. Companies like Dell offer unbeatable deals on computers for small businesses and big businesses, so apart from building custom PCs you really can't do much with building computers for them. Networking is where the money is at, if you can set one up and maintain it with little headaches you will make tons of money. Word of mouth is invaluable.

Congratulations!. I got my A+ cert back when i worked at compusa, like 10 years ago, since then i went to school and graduated and work for the government now*(my major has 0 to do with computers, even though i took a bunch of electrical engineering courses, all the science courses you can imagine, and too much math). You never know where your education will lead you. Congrats.
Wow, great advice. Well put.

I will try to do as much as I can, so I can work in various fields, not sure what exactly but Networking sounds like something that should be crucial
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I'm envious...and I'm a month away from graduating from law school (big mistake), I just want to work with computers
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id say go with networking , i just finished my CCNP and my second year at greenwich in network engineering and server administration , if you are aiming for the big bucks networking is the way to go, there is a high demand for systems admins now since the internets has taken over
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interesting to hear what other OCNers are doing as far as education.

I started out as an electrical engineer but i hate math so that didn't work out well lol. Now I am doing computer information systems, which is like a combination of business and compsci and... well i've discovered i hate programming too

I've already got my A+ and hopefully with it I will be able to get some more work experience. All i want to do is fix computers, i love doing it
     
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this thread is awesome.. I'm learning so much as people post. hahah and yeah it's so interesting to see what people are/have done for school.

I love fixing/building so that's really what I want to do, but networking seems like it's a must do so I'm gonna get those certs as well
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If your wanting to go networking, getting your A+ will be a complete waste.

@LearnIIBurn Learn BGP, IS-IS, RIP, and OSPF protocols like the back of your hand. Not quite. The mainstay of routing protocols will be EIGRP (Cisco proprietary), OSPF (open standards based every vendor can use), RIP is basic but no one uses it. BGP if your going to be working on WAN equipment. IS-IS is not really used, tho will give you a better understanding of IPv6.
RIP isn't bad to know, also because as the world works, not every network is cutting edge and never will be. I learned RIP because the company I worked for used it internally a lot, so you never know. BGP is definitely a must, especially if whoever you are working for is an AS. BGP is like the biggest external routing protocol I can think of. And if the company you work for generates lots of traffic, they most likely like the idea of peering; in which BGP is a must. Plus BGP is a great internal and external protocol (IBGP). I don't use IS-IS too often as well, but learn it anyways. Also knowing MPLS (Multi-Protocol Label Switching) is a big plus for Net Eng jobs. I guess to me it never hurts to know it all, cause if you wanna get paid more... know more. Know more than everyone around you, and you'll never be replaced.
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Lets see i hate, software, programming, math, anything networking, and that is about it haha. but that is where the money is, unless you are an excellent EE.
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Thats the course im taking at Algonquin College in Ottawa.
For my third year, Im choosing in specializing in Network Security. Seems baddass to be able to work for CSIS
    
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When you're done with you A+ and Net+ you need to go even deeper. Those are just foot in the door certs, I got those when I was in highschool.
If you're wanting to get somewhere, pick an avenue of IT and stick to it and it can pay off.
If you want networking go for Cisco or Juniper Certs:
Cisco: CCENT>CCNA>CCNP>CCIE and there are others too, like the CCIP, CCVP, CCDA, etc
Juniper: JNCIA

or for you could go the Microsoft avenue:
MCSE
MCSA
MCTIP
there are more.

Not all the Comptia certs are that hard to get either, such as the Server+, Linux+, hell, most of the Security+ stuff is common sense.
And right now if I wanted to I could go take the A+ and Net+ with my eyes closed. But at the moment I'm working on my CCNA/CCNP shortly right after then hopefully I'll be able to get the work experience to start working towards a CCIE.
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