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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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    Dear Certmag: Build Experience to Enter the IT Space

    Question: I have a bachelor’s degree in multiple subjects and I want to get into the IT world. What type of certificates will land me a job as an entry-level network security administrator? What will increase my chances, as I have zero experience? -Mike Answer 1: To get into network security administration or any higher-level …

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    Would a graduate-level course in project management meet the academic requirements equivalent to “23 contact hours of formal project management education?”

    Full question: I completed an MBA program from Bradford University in 2006. Now I would like to sit for the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) exam at a testing center in London. Would a graduate-level course in project management meet the academic requirements equivalent to “23 contact hours of formal project management education?” Asked by …

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    Dear Certmag: How much is my cert worth?

    Question: I recently earned a certification in e-discovery from Kroll Ontrack, which is my firm’s primary vendor for this need. My review is coming up, and I was wondering what this certification is worth to my firm? I typically get the same percentage raise every year, but [now I have this certification, and] my position …

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