Entry Level IT Self-study

In hindsight, the following introductory self-study route into the world of IT would have worked best for me. Whether or not one takes the actual certification examination is optional but, in my opinion, the knowledge and experience gained from pursuing this path or some appropriate variation of it could be invaluable in turning the average Windows user, with a desire to further his/her knowledge, into an entry-level IT professional:

1. MTA Windows Operating System Fundamentals (exam 98-349)
2. MTA Networking Fundamentals (exam 98-366)
3. MTA Security Fundamentals (exam 98-367)
4. CompTIA A+ (exams 220-701 and 220-702)
5. CompTIA Network+ (exam N10-005)
6. CompTIA Security+ (exam SY0-301)
7. Cisco ICND1 (CCENT, exam 640-822)
8. Cisco ICND2 (CCNA exam 640-816)
9. MCTS Windows 7, Configuring (exam 70-680)

Naturally, some people learn faster than others and some have more experience going into the world of certification. My advice is not for you! The above method would have worked best for me in terms of incremental knowledge gain and I hope it can be helpful to other Windows users who, like me, tend to digest information in manageable 'byte'-sized pieces.
Fall 2014: Start MA in Mathematics [X]
Fall 2016: Start PhD in Mathematics [X]
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