[plug] [OT] IT Certifications

Bret Busby bret at busby.net
Thu Apr 30 11:54:54 WST 2009

On Thu, 30 Apr 2009, Tim wrote:

> Ok, so this is slightly On Topic, but probably more Off Topic. Being a
> newly married geek, 5 years out of school, and having worked many
> different jobs in my working life, I'm ready to get some
> qualifications to assist in getting a job. Can anyone suggest which
> certificates would be most useful in the IT world (Cisco, Linux,
> Microsoft C..P etc etc), and the best way to get them in Perth. Tafe?
> Night School? Online courses. For those that don't know me, I'm a very
> bright guy, and have lots of programming and network knowledge and
> experience, just no formal qualifications in it. I'm more geared to
> Networking and Web applications but have good knowledge of the
> backends too. My current project I am working on is a Hotspot complete
> package, utilisting a custom Ubuntu install, captive portal and custom
> written administration software. (totally automated system, put CD in,
> it installs automatically, login to admin console, start adding users,
> start selling internet access!). I have managed small Domains (Samba)
> using a Linux server, and mostly windows clients, with the occasional
> Linux client. If you want to know more about my skills and projects,
> contact me offlist for my resume. Otherwise, hopefully someone on list
> can guide me to starting to get my qualifications so companys are more
> likely to hire me.
> Oh, and I would rather not go to uni, due to the fact it's really not
> my style and I don't enjoy it, but would consider it if required.
> Thanks
> Tim

But what exactly do you want to do?

Man a Help Desk call centre? Develop in .NET? Be a Linux sysadmin? Be a 
database administrator?

You have to ask the appropriate question, before an answer can have any 

Bret Busby
West Australia

"So once you do know what the question actually is,
  you'll know what the answer means."
- Deep Thought,
   Chapter 28 of Book 1 of
   "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy:
   A Trilogy In Four Parts",
   written by Douglas Adams,
   published by Pan Books, 1992


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