Are any computer or IT certifications worth pursing?
June 10, 2014 4:16 PM Subscribe
I'm in the weird position of being halfway through a psych/programming/IT degree meant to train me as a user interface expert. I'm taking a year off to work. I want to learn more about networks, networking, and network security. I want to learn more about computer security in general, best practices to follow. I want to eventually get a non-glamorous job in tech support or similar to pay the bills until I work my way up. Are any of the current computer/tech/IT certifications worth pursuing?
posted by quiet earth to Technology (10 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
I want to learn more about TCP/IP, but I don't want to specialize in Microsoft systems. I want to learn more about network engineering, but not as someone who will eventually install cables for a living. I just want to spend the next six months learning as much as I can about computers, networks, servers, and security, and maybe spent the six months afterward as a tech support person. I know I'm not set for anything fancy in IT unless I get at least an undergrad, preferably a few degrees, and I'm OK with that. It's a temporary solution.
But I've heard that employers don't actually look at certificates or that the certificates are all outdated.
Is there any certificate, or two or three, that I can study for in the next few months that will increase my chances of getting at least a rudimentary IT job? If so, which certificates should I study for?