April 27, 2012 2:29 PM Subscribe
I have the opportunity for free education/certification in practically any IT field. Please help me decide the best route....
posted by lattiboy to Technology (8 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
So, my boss was recently let go. She was essentially the network administrator. In light of her departure I am now being offered the chance to "pick your path".
I'm in charge of the helpdesk. Our company has about 300 users. A pretty vanilla Microsoft shop through and through. AD, Exchange, about 150 workstations, and an AS400 system that is in charge of inventory, ordering, ect. We're a large company (15 sites in 5 states), but the IT department is small and we all have our hands in a lot of pots. I handle pretty much all the mobile devices (mostly iPads/phones and some Android), and do admin work in the AD and Exchange servers. Nothing big, just maintenance and adding/removing users, ect.
I know I simply lack the mental facilities for any kind of programming and this is being offered more on the "maybe you can get 2 days off for a seminar" type education, not any kind of long-term schooling. Think CCNA, not a CS degree.
Basically, I would like to rack up as much future-proof, valid IT certifications/education as I can. I am slowly watching PCs disappear in favor of iPads, watching more and more services move to the cloud, and realizing the days of everybody having a server room nearing an end.
I know the common follow-up is, "what is your passion?". Frankly, IT is my JOB and my passions don't pay well. I would like to do this with the cold calculation of an investor. I never want to be at the mercy of crap company because I lack the skills to easily pickup another job.
Some of it needs to be geared towards our current infrastructure. For instance: our Exchange situation is a mess and bossman wants it to be either moved to the cloud or have our current Exchange (2007) whipped into submission. We are also using XenServer and currently paying contractors obscene amounts of money to virtualize a lot of systems.
PS Is XenServer a dead end? I've heard it mentioned derisively by friends of mine in higher-level positions. Seems VM or HyperV are more respected.
PPS I know should've gotten my A+ cert years ago, and at this point it seems silly. I have no certifications as is, but have been in pretty good IT jobs for 6 years now in various helpdesk/networking/sysadmin roles.