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    Dear Certmag: Considering Project Management Certs For the IT Pro

    Question: I am a graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, and have been working in an IT services company since July 2007. I am pursuing my CFA, sitting for the Level 2 exam in June, and plan to start my MBA in 2011. However, I want to plan to do either the Certified …

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    Dear Certmag: Using Certifications to Chart a Career Path

    Question:  I am a .NET developer with over five years experience, and I am looking to move from programming into networking. I have knowledge of how networks work and of the OSI model. I started looking into the Brainbench Network Technical Support, Windows 2003 Server Administration and Cisco Network Design certifications as a starting point. …

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    Dear Certmag: Which Electives Would Best Complement a Degree in CS?

    Question: I am in college pursuing a bachelor’s in computer science, with a focus on networking. I am deciding what to use my electives on, so I am looking for information about what the best IT jobs will be in four years. I’m thinking programming. What would you suggest? -James Answer 1: “The phrase “best …

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    Dear Certmag: Commit to Job as Oracle Apps DBA or Diversify Skill Set?

    Question: I work as an Oracle Apps DBA. What do you think the future of an Oracle Apps DBA is? Do you suggest I stick with it, or should I learn some other skills to survive in this IT job market? -Mohammed Answer 1: While no one can predict the future, we can make educated …

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    Dear Certmag: Seek an Internship or Contract Work to Build Experience

    Question: I have a B.A. in History and want to get a CCNA. What can I expect job-wise if I have a CCNA but no experience @ Network Engineer I level? I fear I may never find a job. Also, would you recommend just studying from an Amazon book and then taking the test? -Brock …

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    CompTIA Educational Foundation Completes IT Training Program in Poland

    Through a grant from Microsoft Unlimited Potential and the McMahan Center, the CompTIA Educational Foundation furthered honed its global training program to bring IT education and certification to the disadvantaged in Europe.

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    Dear Certmag: Certs Will Help Job Search in Down Economy

    Question: I got an AA in COBOL back when key punch cards [still existed]. I’ve worked for ISPs, software companies and Web developers, but mostly on the sales side. I’ve read A+, I-Net+ and NT, but never pursued the certifications because I read that they were obsolete or overcrowded. I want to break into the …

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    Dear Certmag: Entry-Level Certs for Telecommunications Job

    Question: I am currently doing my engineering degree in telecommunications. What are the best entry-level cert programs for me to pursue to get a good IT job? -Ishaan Answer 1: Hi, Ishaan. You mentioned that your degree program is in telecommunications, but many people enter into a field different from the one they studied. First, …

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    Dear Certmag: Try Contract Work, Other Certs as Alternatives to Oracle 8i

    Question: I have a master’s degree in information technology. However, I have no experience. During my time in school I took a class on Oracle 8i, but I never earned the certifications. Is 8i still a valid certification? -Michael Answer 1: This is another form of the classic question facing many college graduates as they …

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    Dear Certmag: Experience Key in Starting Security Career

    Question: I’m 40 years old and would like to pursue a network security career. Currently I’m attending an A+ certification class, a 6-month course, completely entry level, and doing Net+ next. Everyone says Cisco is the way to go. I can’t afford to make any mistakes at this point: I am changing careers as I …

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