iT’s bEst to Get yOUr IT cerTiFIcatiOn dOnE wHeN iN COllegE. . .

Confused what certification to get ? Which will pay off? Which is worth it? Which certification is hot in the market? Which certification is in demand?
Wondering when is the best time to start?
Be it CCNA… SCJP.. Oracle SQL Programmer Certification.. ComptiA+ anything.
Widen your horizon.. just explore!!

I think the right time to do an external certification is in the 3rd year of your under-graduate course(pre-final), without comprimising your course work ofcourse! It gives you a glimpse of what is in store for you in the industry and makes you job ready! Graduates with an IT certification gives them an upper hand over the others.

Here are a few certifications you can start with –

Oracle Certified Java Programmer (previously known as SCJP) –
With this certification it proves that your foundation in Java is strong! Get this if you want to compete with IT proffessionals with 2 years of work ex. A great added value certification.. totally adds weight to a resume.
Cost :
Time required : 1-2 months study

CompTIA A+ Certification
This certification is difficult but worth every minute spent in studying for it! Coz’ it’s rare to find CompTIA A+ certified proffs. It’s a starting certification. By the end of this certification, you will know in and out of a computer. You can opt for jobs in PC Support, Security etc
Cost :
Time Required : 8-9 months study

Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)
This certification is a good step to get into the Networking line. There is a lot of scope here. But I cannot gaurantee a high paying job with this certification but it can be used as a stepping stone to the next level. As most Cisco certifications require a CCNA certification. This will help in the long run perspective and not for an immediate change.
Cost :
Time Required : 3-4 months

Microsoft Certified Software Engineer (MCSE)
This is a wonderful certification to prove your knowledge in SQL etc. This is quite in demand, and a good move to progress in the career ladder.
Cost :
Time Required : 4 months

There are a lot of Cloud computing/networking certifications. IBM offers a few. Please ask around for the cost, demand and recognition of such certifications before you get into them. As they cost a bomb. Try and get somebody to sponsor 🙂

2 thoughts on “iT’s bEst to Get yOUr IT cerTiFIcatiOn dOnE wHeN iN COllegE. . .”

  1. Good information here Graduate. I spent 8 years in the military as a police officer then suddenly wanted to change my career to the IT field. At the age of 28 in April 2011, I obtained my Bachelor degree in IT with an emphasis in Network Administration. While I was studying for my degree, I also obtained CompTIA’s A+ and Network+ certifications and just yesterday (12/7/11) I passed the Microsoft 70-685 exam (Enterprise Desktop Support Technician for Windows 7).

    Because I lacked “real-world” experience in the computer field because I spent much of my adult life as a police officer, I knew certifications would be an important aspect of me trying to find a job and excelling in the IT field. Currently I work as support technician for an ISP and am looking to move into the Network Administration department here very shortly.

    1. Hi Joe,

      Thanks for sharing your experience. It’s great that you did the certifications. It must have been a big change for you from a military background to IT. Although I have been in IT for around 8 years now, I haven’t got the chance to do the CompTIA A+ yet. Hope to work on it soon.

      I apologize for the late reply. I am only a couple of years late. lol.
      The best part is that these certications are still valid even to this day.
      Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see you around again. Soon.
      Have a good day ahead!

      Good luck and Cheers,

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