Getting Started with IT Certifications


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    My latest article just went up on the StorageCraft Blog: Getting Started with IT Certifications.



  • Good article. I hear a lot of folks tout about how they need to get the A+ to get started... without understanding what EXACTLY what the A+ is, or the material consists of. CCNA/MCSA/etc being specific paths, I was really curious as to what good alternatives outside of CompTIA were. I'm curious as I've taken the first approach, getting certified where I NEED to be certified, and going down those linear paths. Or, at least, being taken down a path because it is required for growth, rather than going down it because I feel like it is going to be "the best route" for advancement. All in all, I don't get certified before I need to be (on specific certs like VCP-DCV) because the place I'm applying to might not even recognize it (like having a VCP but the company is all Hyper-V... like the place I'm at now, having come from a big VMware environment previously).


  • Service Provider

    Not much in the way of generic certs out there. It is something very much lacking in the industry. Also not much needed. What job role would really leverage a generic cert? What would it test?



  • I was wondering the same thing.

    I mentioned to Danielle the other day that a generic deep dive at MLCon would be awesome, but then realized that's impossible. You can only have a deep dive on something specific...

    So unless you want to know a specific technology, nothing really beats plain ol' OJT.



  • I think we are going to do a good panel discussion. Allow people to ask anything they want but that is about as close to a "general" session as you really can get.


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    @Minion-Queen said:

    I think we are going to do a good panel discussion. Allow people to ask anything they want but that is about as close to a "general" session as you really can get.

    Like my big open room session at SpiceWorld 2013.


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    @Dashrender said:

    I was wondering the same thing.

    I mentioned to Danielle the other day that a generic deep dive at MLCon would be awesome, but then realized that's impossible. You can only have a deep dive on something specific...

    So unless you want to know a specific technology, nothing really beats plain ol' OJT.

    That's what I've been saying. Deep dives are super difficult for a conference, especially one that is not super product specific. It sounds great but you would have training that only made sense for one or two people and most people would be left out. Conferences are not for deep dives, that's what training classes are for. Conferences have to be more broad and shallow.



  • @scottalanmiller said:

    @Minion-Queen said:

    I think we are going to do a good panel discussion. Allow people to ask anything they want but that is about as close to a "general" session as you really can get.

    Like my big open room session at SpiceWorld 2013.

    Yes! But everyone complained that it wasn't enough time.


  • Service Provider

    @Minion-Queen said:

    @scottalanmiller said:

    @Minion-Queen said:

    I think we are going to do a good panel discussion. Allow people to ask anything they want but that is about as close to a "general" session as you really can get.

    Like my big open room session at SpiceWorld 2013.

    Yes! But everyone complained that it wasn't enough time.

    Yes, it was way too short for what it was. Because it was lots of different topics rather than just one it could easily have gone longer than the standard time slot.



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