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    Will the program prepare you for cloud networking and security? Probably not. There is a shortage of people who can securely connect on-premise networks to the major cloud providers. Then there's the entire DevOps for cloud environments. Will any of your options teach you how to secure and connect IoT devices?
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    Quote Originally Posted by clep3705 View Post
    Will the program prepare you for cloud networking and security?
    Unlikely

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    Will any of your options teach you how to secure and connect IoT devices?
    Not really sure. Leaning towards unlikely.

    Networking courses offered at local CC are:

    Intro to computer networks
    Routing and switching essentials
    Scaling internetworks
    Implementing WANs
    Network security (Can be taken after the previous 4 courses are completed)

    This series of courses takes 1.5-2 years to complete.
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    Quote Originally Posted by a423burt View Post
    It is true Security is hot. If you don't mind doing a lot of writing, documenting, policy and compliance reports then it is a great field to be int. The fact that you are willing to pay your dues and go into helpdesk will pay off. When people ask me what to do I tell them the best way is to not set your mind on a specific IT area (network, Server Support, Security, etc.) since once you start you might find areas that you like and have opportunities to move into. Study and get your CCNA that will get you into a lot of job interviews and get you into a helpdesk. I would use UNL (unified networking lab) and do labs along with self paced study. Nothing will prepare you more than doing labs and then reading why you configure what you do. Learn why and how things work vs. just how to make it work.

    Once you get a job keep getting certs and keep job jumping. After 6 months in a job your learning will slow so it is time to move on. After a couple of years you can start to settle in to a longer term job.

    Don't waste time on comptia test unless you plan to stay in helpdesk- outside of helpdesk jobs they are not thought of very highly.

    And overall, follow you gut and take all of our advice with skepticism.

    Good Luck.
    Thanks for the advice. I'm now leaning towards self-studying for some compTIA certs in order to land a help desk position.

    Plan is to land a help-desk/support position, learn as much as possible, job-hop when I stall (unless it is a big company with good chances of upward mobility/career potential), and continue to attain relevant certs in my off-time.
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    good luck with you studies.

    I got a lot out of using Professor Messer's videos for both my A+ And Sec+.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JTP View Post
    good luck with you studies.

    I got a lot out of using Professor Messer's videos for both my A+ And Sec+.
    Thanks! Already underway with the studies.
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    JTP, did you do Net+ by any chance? Aside from the superb Prof Messer, any other recommendations for this particular cert? The often suggested Mike Meyers isn't doing it for me. He's glossing over things like subnetting, which I am weak in and imagine will be a huge part of the exam.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jsd View Post
    JTP, did you do Net+ by any chance? Aside from the superb Prof Messer, any other recommendations for this particular cert? The often suggested Mike Meyers isn't doing it for me. He's glossing over things like subnetting, which I am weak in and imagine will be a huge part of the exam.
    Its been a while since I got my Net+ but subnetting wasn't that involved. Know the default ranges, what a subnet mask is, ip addresses, apipa, loopback, etc. If you want more detail find a used copy of one of the Cisco study guides from Todd Lammle. The topic is most likely in the ICND1 material.
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    Thanks, I appreciate the suggestions.
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    Sorry never did net+. If I was going to take it I'd probably go to techexams.net and browse the comptia thread looking for recent passed exam posts where people list what they used to study and where they felt the material fell short.

    That's what I did for my Certified Ethical Hacker and Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator certs. It really helped me focus my studies and not waste time on inadequate info.
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