Go Back   Tech Support Forum > The IT Pro > Certification & Career

User Tag List

New career in IT

This is a discussion on New career in IT within the Certification & Career forums, part of the Tech Support Forum category. Hello, I have a BS in Business Admin. I have been in retail management for 15 years. Where can I


Closed Thread
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 06-28-2013, 08:48 AM   #1
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 2
OS: windows 7



Hello, I have a BS in Business Admin. I have been in retail management for 15 years. Where can I go from here to break into the IT field? Should I get another degree or can I get away with getting certs? TIA
cocean is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 06-28-2013, 12:42 PM   #2
Moderator, IT Pro Team
Certification and Career Expert
 
BosonMichael's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: near Nashville, TN
Posts: 1,048
OS: Windows 7, and I won't be upgrading to Windows 10!

My System


You'd do what anyone wanting to get into IT should do: get an entry-level IT job. You don't need an IT degree, though a degree will make you more attractive to employers (my BS is in Chemistry, and it hasn't hurt me one bit!). Certifications aren't required for most entry-level IT jobs, but like degrees, they can make you more attractive to employers. At this stage of your career, you should pursue only entry-level certifications, such as the A+, Network+, and Windows client certifications.
__________________
BosonMichael / Senior Content Developer, Boson Software
CISSP, CEH, CCNP, CCDP, CCNA Security, CCNA Voice, MCSE+I, MCSE: Security, MCSE: Messaging, MCDST, MCDBA, MCTS, OCP, CNE, SCSA, Security+, Linux+, Server+, Network+, A+
Served proudly, US Army, 98C Intelligence Analyst, '89-'92
BosonMichael is offline  
Old 06-28-2013, 01:16 PM   #3
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 2
OS: windows 7



What would these entry level jobs pay?
cocean is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 06-28-2013, 03:11 PM   #4
Moderator, IT Pro Team
Certification and Career Expert
 
BosonMichael's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: near Nashville, TN
Posts: 1,048
OS: Windows 7, and I won't be upgrading to Windows 10!

My System


Depends largely on where you live, but overall, entry-level jobs don't typically pay a whole lot. Considering you've been in management for 15 years, you're likely going to have to take a pay cut... as would anyone who switches career fields and has to start over from the bottom.

Even though there might be a short-term loss in salary by switching fields, the main reason to switch fields is that the potential for salary growth exists in IT. Sometimes, you have to take a couple steps back to take several steps forward. After you get some experience, you'll be able to pursue better and better job opportunities... and those opportunities pay better the longer you're in IT and the more experience you gain.
__________________
BosonMichael / Senior Content Developer, Boson Software
CISSP, CEH, CCNP, CCDP, CCNA Security, CCNA Voice, MCSE+I, MCSE: Security, MCSE: Messaging, MCDST, MCDBA, MCTS, OCP, CNE, SCSA, Security+, Linux+, Server+, Network+, A+
Served proudly, US Army, 98C Intelligence Analyst, '89-'92
BosonMichael is offline  
Old 06-28-2013, 03:30 PM   #5
Gone | Not Forgotten
 
Basementgeek's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Ohio, USA
Posts: 14,581
OS: XP Pro SP3/Vista Ultimate SP2/Win7 64 bit



At the bottom of the pile, maybe not much more than minimum wage.

Need to ask yourself, can you live on that ?

BG
__________________

ASAP member since 2006

Four boxes keep us free: the soap box, the ballot box, the jury box, and the cartridge box.

Basementgeek is offline  
Closed Thread

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Career move towards consultancy
Hi peeps, I have been working as ICT Manager for the past 4 years and prior to that worked as IT assistant manager for 1 years. I also worked as assistant communication manager for 1.5 year. Now i have reached a point in my career and the (small) company which i work for that my career...
ozeeo Certification & Career 2 04-30-2013 04:31 AM
Need some Advice for Career in IT
:confused: Hi All, I joined this forum today. I'm looking for some advice here. Let me tell you something about myself first. I started my career with a BPO worked there for several years (though always hated that job). Then moved a well-known MNC as a Video Conference Coordinator and i'm a part...
kumar.vanshaj Certification & Career 13 02-21-2012 12:15 AM
Career Advice... Cannot decide what to do!!
Hello All!, I am a newb to this site and in need of a little peer advice. First let me start off by giving some background information. I will be graduating in May 2012 with a double major in Finance and MIS. So far, none of my professor's have really helped with narrowing down a career path....
RatherGolf Certification & Career 2 11-07-2011 12:47 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is on
Smilies are on
[IMG] code is on
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Post a Question


» Site Navigation
 > FAQ
  > 10.0.0.2
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 05:55 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.1.0 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Copyright 2001 - 2018, Tech Support Forum

Windows 10 - Windows 7 - Windows XP - Windows Vista - Trojan Removal - Spyware Removal - Virus Removal - Networking - Security - Top Web Hosts