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EOTE Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-20-09 02:37 PM
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64. Networking is a very valuable skill.

Here's a very good place to start out. Net+ Certification is rather nice to have and it's very cheap. A+ Certification as well, cheap, yet very valuable. CompTIA even includes a lot of the study materials for free. You can also download trainers for free online, some of which are interactive. There are also classes like this that combine A+ and Net+ training into one class. A+ is mostly hardware related, but is about PC tech in general while Net+ is mostly Network OS and hardware related. Having these two certifications is a relatively easy, very cheap, and very powerful way of gaining employment in the IT field. Even if he doesn't intend to get into networking, Net+ is great to have.

I went to college, but I really struggled. I've always been relatively smart and a good test taker, but I simply had a tough time keeping up with my course load. I wanted a Management of Computer Systems degree, but I found myself going crazy by the 20+ hours a week of coding it required. I could do it if I banged it out in two or so 10+ hour sessions, but it literally made me sick to my stomach. I'm a decent coder now, but I definitely prefer doing hands on work. Never got my degree, but it hasn't prevented me from being employed in the industry pretty much non-stop since High School.
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