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I need expert advice. I read an article about Google Certifications, and I am very interested in taking the Google IT Certification on Coursera.org. In the course description, they say "if you want to build on your IT foundation you might consider Google IT Automation with Python Professional Certificate".

First, can I take the Python course without the taking the first course in IT Certification? There are no prerequisites for the latter. The way it is phrased above suggests you need the foundation course, but perhaps someone here is familiar with this or can advise?

Second, what is your opinion of Google Professional Certification? I would like to get some kind of employment, hopefully remote work. Thanks in advance.
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Dr. KlahnPrincipal Software Engineer
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Well ... given that anyone taking the course can Google the answers, if I happened to be an IT recruiter looking for that skill I would give less credence to an online Google course completion than an equivalent course taken at a technical school, and both would come in far behind someone who actually had experience in the field.

On the other hand, if the intent is to get your feet wet in an area instead of (trying to think of a nice way to say this) claiming expertise, as a training course it's probably OK.

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Actually, I worked as a help desk technician in IT for CVS pharmacy. So I do have experience. I also have a diploma from a technical school in Computer Repair & Networking. Really googling answers can be said about any type of online learning. I didn't even think of doing that. I don't appreciate your condescension, it's both rude and a complete turn off. I have a few choice phrases I could add, but I'm a lady so I'm saying that in a nice way back at you, too.
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Thanks Madunix!
Brian BEE Topic Advisor, Independent Technology Professional
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The best thing to do is look at the job postings for the kind of work you want to do. Check what kind of certifications they are looking for.
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You said, "I am very interested in taking the Google IT Certification".

My first thought was... "Why?"

Build from some tangible outcome/reason.

For example, if you're doing this for entertainment great.

If you're doing this for money, you'll first start with you targets of - profit/month cashflow + hours/week work.

Starting from a money perspective, there are far more lucrative endeavors than "Google IT Certification".

First state your endpoint goal/target/reason/outcome.

You'll likely have some very specific/useful/actionable comments.

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David Favor,
Thanks for you response. I am a senior citizen who hasn't been in the work force since 2014. I have had some training and experience in IT. I don't feel passionate about it, as I do music and art, but sometimes you just have to do a job because you need the money. The things I love unfortunately won't support me.

I know that my age will be against me, and being out of the workforce. Right now, I am a full-time caregiver for my Mom, who is dying.
I thought it would be easiest to build on something I'm already familiar with.

What can you suggest in technology that would be more lucrative and enjoyable?
I want to study something that is a sure thing for employment, unlike music and art. There are other Google certs coming in the near future, but this is what is available. Google says employers favor those with their certifications.
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1) Thanks for you response.

You're welcome!

2) I am a senior citizen who hasn't been in the work force since 2014.

No bearing on anything really.

On the Net... Age... Race... Nothing matters...

3) I have had some training and experience in IT. I don't feel passionate about it, as I do music and art, but sometimes you just have to do a job because you need the money. The things I love unfortunately won't support me.

Then you might take the approach of working a few hours/mont generating... well... massive amounts of cashflow... which come in forever... on PayPal recurring subscriptions.

Then invest your time doing what you like.

4) I know that my age will be against me, and being out of the workforce.

Nope. The only thing for or against you is your mindset.

You are your only limitation. Especially these days, when money is so easy to get into bank accounts.

I remember (I'm a senior too) years ago working with Direct Mail. So painful. So tricky. The chance of going broke at any moment.

5) Right now, I am a full-time caregiver for my Mom, who is dying.

Hang in there!

6) I thought it would be easiest to build on something I'm already familiar with.

If you're familiar with tech, great! As tech is one of the easiest ways to generate online income.

7) What can you suggest in technology that would be more lucrative and enjoyable?

For me, I have lots of interests I prefer to enjoy rather than monetize, so I sell tech services (all on recurring subscriptions), then do what I like most of the time.

8) I want to study something that is a sure thing for employment, unlike music and art.

No way for me to help you with any type of employment, as I've been unemployable all my life... as have most of my male relatives going back many generations. All entrepreneurs.

9) There are other Google certs coming in the near future, but this is what is available. Google says employers favor those with their certifications.

Google anything would be the last place I'd focus.

10) I'll add some suggested reading next...
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Since you have help desk experience, you could use this skill be a self-employed provider to people who need assistance with computer issues.

IMHO, if what you see in the Google IT automation and python, it is best to rely on your own instincts to see what the topic is and potentially get info on the python side. Then you can decide if it is something that interests you.

A look at the non-profits in your area might be a more fruitful opportunity to see whether they need someone with your skills to help in their current needs. While at that, you could expand your skills .........
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Google might say that theirs in the new must have certification, but the market may say otherwise.

Great info from David there and I want to have a look into some of those resources myself!

We have had several Experts here who are seniors and who have done an excellent job at providing help. So maybe consider trying to answer a few questions here on Experts Exchange that are in your comfort zone? That should help you refresh your skills.

There may be more resources in your city or county that can help you find some work, or again I would suggest having a look at current jobs available. Linkedin and Indeed have been good sources for me. A recruiter might also be of help in figuring out best how to present yourself looking for employment.

While certifications are good for young people trying to get their foot in the door, myself (age 50+, 25 years in IT) I find hiring managers are less interested in certifications and more interested in actual experience.

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Arnold, why do you point me in the direction of non-profits, I don't understand. Why non-profits in particular?
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What do you enjoy doing? Did you enjoy the helpdesk job you had or was it just that, a job?
 
My Guess the Google IT automation deals with teaching python with a purpose in mind. Much depends on how each person learns. Some can pickup a book at go that route, others learn by performing tasks where they use the thing they are learning.
to each their own.
there are Python tutorials and teaching courses much depends on...
You could use those while having a task of your own making to apply what you learn.

Non-profits might have an opportunity to gain from your skills to advance and in support of their mission.

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