Hello everyone! 😊
I am looking to
enter the IT field to make a career for myself.
I have a four-year
degree double majoring in both criminal justice and psychology.
I have over a year
with “general” IT experience working as essentially basic helpdesk for small
businesses and retail stores. Very basic stuff under my belt. Nothing to write
home about. My work experience in IT is from about three years ago. I do not
know anyone in the industry to help me get my foot through the door but I do
have references from my old IT jobs.
I have several
years of work experience in retail stores, customer support, customer service, sales,
etc. I also have multiple years of experience teaching different grade levels
in both elementary school and early middle school plus tutoring mostly math and
I have chosen AWS
since it seems to be popular and growing. I have done job searches (Indeed
& Dice) within Westchester County New York and there are about two dozen jobs
available that require AWS knowledge, although none of them are entry level. I
am assuming that there will be more jobs available if I broaden my search south
to where the city is, although I would want to keep my commute to under two
hours if possible.
I am looking at
grabbing two or three certifications within the next six months:
Practitioner (Foundational) – will grab this one
Architect (Associate) – will grab this one
(501) or COMPTIA Security+ (601) – not sure about these yet
I will build a
“portfolio” of my work and projects once I start creating assignments that are
a part of my self-study.
I plan to take
this very seriously.
I know that jumping
into AWS from such little real-world experience might not be the best course of
action. I am going the AWS route because it is in demand and I have always
found “the cloud” interesting despite not knowing much about it. I was also
leaning towards cyber security but most of those jobs seem to want me to be in
DC on top of requiring vast work experience.
Please let me know
if there are other certifications or other routes to take that would be better.
Thank you everyone! 😊