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Change of direction?

Discussion in 'The Lounge - Off Topic' started by Boycie, Aug 27, 2005.

  1. Boycie
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    Boycie Senior Beer Tester


    Just go back from the Nag's head. :D
    Bumped in to an old school friend who turns out that does life coaching. Got chatting and told him I desire to get in to IT and hopefully get a job soon. Explained that I am finding it hard to get a job and even experience to help get the foot on the ladder.
    He said that he didn't know much about what was what in the IT sector but knew someone who did.
    He got his mobile out and gave it to me. I thought it might have been Denzil with some Old English Vinyl brief cases but it wasnt. :biggrin
    This bloke said he has been working with computers for a long time and I would be better off going down the programming road. He said that while networking is very "happening" it isn't like 15 years ago when you really had to set things up. He also said it would be easier to build up a portfolio of work to show prospective employers while in my current job and working from home. If I can I might arrane to see him and see If I can find out more.
    Any views :eek:

    Edit- sorry about the typos, had one to many :morebeer
    Certifications: MCSA 2003, MCDST, A+, N+, CTT+, MCT
  2. tripwire45
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    tripwire45 Zettabyte Poster

    Do what you like to do and what you're good at. I know lots of folks will have this opinion or that about what is "hot" in IT, but you can't always let that run your decisions. You may end up a cracker jack programmer but what if you don't.

    My brother-in-law Steve has a degree in Computer Science but discovered he wasn't a very good programmer. He did discover that he liked writing and training and so started his own company and now is fantastically successful (I should be so lucky). He took his education and what he was passionate for and merged them into a career.

    I know you are at the beginning of this journey, but the first steps are to lay the foundation. Right now, you've got your A+ and are working on the Network+. These arent exactly bad quals for a programmer to start with. If you think you might want to be a coder, see if you can pick up a book or two on the subject and talk to some programmers. It might be a good fit for you but you'll need to investigate.

    A year from now or five years from now, you don't know what you'll be doing or where life will lead you. When I started this trek four or five years ago, I had no idea I'd end up a writer. All I knew was that I had to develop some skills and start looking for my own passion. When you find yours, you'll have found your career. Good luck.
    Certifications: A+ and Network+
  3. drum_dude

    drum_dude Gigabyte Poster

    Boyce, most apps nowadays require networking or are enhanced by networks! There is no harm in studying both! I'd love to meet a programmer who knows a good deal about networking - unfortunately most programmers I know seem to think that they can also fix PCs, networks, etc etc...but in reality they know diddly squat about other subjects!

    Look into programming for network applications etc...something that mixes both aspirations.

    Good luck mate...
    Certifications: MCSA , N+, A+ ,ITIL V2, MCTS
    WIP: MCITP 2008 Ent Admin, Server Admin, Exchange 2010, Lync 2010, CCNA & VCP5
  4. Boycie
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    Boycie Senior Beer Tester

    Thanks for the valued input guys. I am not going to rush into anything but carry on with my N+ and then might take a look at a dummies book on programming. Will keep you posted. Thanks again for your thoughts. :D
    Certifications: MCSA 2003, MCDST, A+, N+, CTT+, MCT

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