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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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    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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