Should I Start my IT Education with an Associate Degree?

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Have you always been pretty comfortable with technology? If you’re thinking about turning that natural ability into a career, you’ll want an IT education that will teach you the added skills you’ll need to excel. An Associate of Applied Science Degree in Network Administration can prepare you for entry-level employment or IT career advancement.

Here’s what to look for in an IT program:

Solid skills foundation: You’ll need to learn the basics about how computers work. An effective program will instruct you on how to connect, maintain, and troubleshoot such technology components as computers, servers, networks, printers, scanners and other hardware. It will teach you about Local Area Networks (LAN) and Wide Area Networks (WAN). You’ll also need to understand about the most common types of software people use and how to install them on a variety of computers and networks.

Hands-on training: You can learn a lot about computers through online instruction, but at the end of the day if you’re building systems and troubleshooting their components, you need some hands-on experience. Look for programs that have work spaces designed to replicate realistic settings and equipment, and courses that offer simulations designed to prepare you for what you’d actually encounter out on the job.

Certifications: More than 90 percent of employers consider IT certification a reliable predictor of how well an employee will be able to perform their jobs. Find out if the program you’re looking at gives you the opportunity to get certified in such areas as:

  • Comp TIA A+ Essentials and Practical
  • CompTIA Network+
  • Linux
  • Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist

Soft skills: Much of what will bring you success in the workplace isn’t just about your technical skills. It’s also about how well you interact with others and communicate. Soft skills, such as a good work ethic, accountability, problem-solving, and the ability to follow through on tasks, can be the difference between landing a job and building a career.

If you’d like to become an IT professional, start with career training from Career Quest Learning Centers. We have a Network Administration certification program you can complete in as little as eight months and a Network Administration Associate Degree program, you can finish in 15 months. Give us a call to learn more now in Jackson at 877-365-8144 or in Lansing at 877-481-4930.



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