Student from Seattle has some career questions for a Network Professional [Pt.2]
Posted on 2004-04-02
Thanks to everyone that replied to my first post. If you can help me with anything, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Before I fire away at asking my questions, I got a question about how to use EE. After i post my question, how do i post a reply to one of the comments made?
I'm currently not studing anything related to IT. I have a GED and attend a community college working on a general AA degree. I've decided to start an IT career because I have somewhat, a passion for technology and I'm very good with computers considering the amount of computer training I've had (which is none). I troubleshoot well, build computers, fix friends computer problems, etc. Small potatoes, but I believe it's a good base for me.
I'm considering starting this Computer/Network training course. I just want some pros opinions. This is it:
Course - First Quarter - Clock Hours
101 Computer Hardware I 45
102 Network Fundamentals ( Cisco Networking ) 45
111 Client Operating Systems ( Win 2000 Pro. ) 45
161 Network Lab I ( All Hands-On ) 90
103 Managing Microsoft Networks 45
121 Server Operating Systems I ( Windows 2000 Server ) 45
141 Intro to Network Security 45
162 Networking Lab II 90
131 Network Infrastructures ( TCP/IP ) 45
142 Windows Network Security 45
122 Server Operating Systems II ( Windows NT 4.0 ) 45
163 Networking Lab III 90
132 Network Directory Services ( Active Directory ) 45
133 E-Mail Server Basics ( Exchange Server ) 45
134 Internet Connection Servers ( ISA Server ) 45
164 Networking Lab IV 90
The course is a total of 900 hands-on training hours. Some of the certifications I would earn along the way include: A+, Net+, MCP?, MCSE -or- MCSA.
Can anyone give me more info on MCSA and MCSE? Which certification is preferred? Which is generally more useful and sought after in today's IT field? Basically, I'm trying to find out which certification would be best. Also, do you feel that I can earn certifications and get right into the IT field without a 2-year or 4-year college degree?
Seeing the type of training I would receieve from this course, do you think it's likely I can land an IT job right out of school?
Finally, anyone know any people that can help me with a computer related part time job or internship in the Seattle area??? =D