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Certification Watch (Vol. 21, No. 5)

CompTIA to Job Seekers: Why Not Give IT a Whirl?


You can actually solve many computer problems all by yourself.One does not simply walk into Mordor, as we all once learned. On the other hand, what about simply walking into a career in IT? It's conceiveable, but perhaps not fully adviseable. Then again, there are simple steps that you can take to see whether your interests might align with tech employment. A recent post to the IT Career News blog of tech industry association CompTIA suggests ways that you can "test drive" an IT career. Find out whether the shoe fits before you decide to jump in with both feet. For example, we all encounter computer problems from time to time. Instead of calling your tech-smart brother-in-law, CompTIA suggests looking into the problem on your own. IT consultant Logan Murphy, quoted in the blog post, says that the only reason most people don't fix their own stuff is that they don't realize they can: “It sounds hilariously simple, but the only difference between someone in IT and someone who’s not is that one is comfortable Googling the problem and doing something with the results.” We're not sure whether Boromir would advise similar self-directed experimentation as a means of walking into Mordor, but the nuts and bolts of IT can seem at least as unnerving to the average computer user as the Eye of Sauron. Maybe it's easier to get a basic grasp on the whole "career in technology" thing than we realize.


A Brief Internet History Lesson from Cisco


There's a cool IT-related post to the VIP Perspectives blog at Cisco Learning Network this week. Most people have at least a vague sense of what makes the internet "work," but would be hard-pressed to give specifics. A user-created post titled "On the Shoulders of Giants" runs down the basics, from conception to the present day. And speaking of IT not being nearly as arcane or confusing as it can sometimes seem, the article is carefully sources to (drum roll) Wikipedia. See? You could have written that up yourself. There's a ton of cool knowledge on the internet. This is just one example out of thousands. (Millions? Billions?)


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