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by apriljk17 / June 10, 2016 12:13 PM PDT

My husband and will soon be medically discharged from the army. He wants to start a career in information technology. He knows his way around a computer pretty well and has some experience from the military. We have a family to support bit I want him to purse his dream. Should he get his associates in IT or go ahead and get certifications? What certifications should he start with? I know he will probably have to start at entry level and work his way up. Any advice getting started would be greatly appreciated.

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That would be asked of the companies that are hiring.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 10, 2016 12:24 PM PDT

Certs are usually costly and expire every few years while your degree is forever. The degree wins for value.

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It's been a while...
by Zouch / June 11, 2016 1:56 AM PDT

...since I retired from the corporate world, with long careers with both a very advanced specialist engineering company and also a computer manufacturer, where in some positions I hired staff (hated that but necessary evil!). In both, we valued relevant practical experience over paper qualifications.

Certifications are all well and good but there are a lot of them, they can be expensive and they need to be kept up to date - updating, for example, every time Microsoft releases a nev version of Windows Server, Office, SQL Server, etc. It's never ending.

If you have the time, I'd be more inclined to go for a degree or higher level diploma, rather than individual certifications in the first instance, The benefit is a more overall knowledge of the subject - the basic building blocks, if you like.

Or, since your husband has some computer experience, it may be worth approaching a company hiring at the present time, perhaps, in view of his military career, one of the military equipment suppliers, where the business side, equally important, won't be a mystery to him? Who knows, they may be willing to sponsor him for an external degree or diploma at a local college.

Thanks to your husband for his service and good luck!

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