Hi all! I have been a browser of this site for around 3 years now ever since I began pursuing my Bachelor's degree in IT. I am now a graduate and currently seeking work in the IT field. My IT degree was in Telecommunications Systems Management, which esentially combines both the technical and business sides of the IT world into a neatly rolled degree.
My reason for writing is to inquire about the necessity of certifications. I have the knowledge to suit many of the jobs I have applied for, yet I cannot convey that on a resume that lacks any real experience. I hoped that once I found a job I could have their assistance in pursuing my certifications.
It's a real catch 22. I can't get the job w/out the experience but can't get the experience w/out the job!
Thank you both for the replies. I will be updating my resume to include what you have suggested. I spent countless hours in labs during my network and system security as well as my forensics classes. Security was the emphasis of my degree FYI. I love it!
I would also recommend that you look at any internships, apprenticeships or unpaid work you can get. I know that working for free is not the best option but you can at least kick start your career and after 6 months pursue a paid job.
For unpaid work, you can look at helping out any charities that need IT help. It will also give you the feel good factor of helping a charity.
I actually am currently working for a small company as a computer tech. I do anything from virus cleanup and removal to server installation and setup as well as anything in between. Like I said it's a small company. I am technically the only employee other than the boss. He contracts out specific work to two other guys. Our laptop tech and telephony/cable monkey. However, I am currently spending my time attempting to acquire more business by..."cold calling" I am no salesperson so this is a huge pain!
I'm sorry for the small rant, I just had to get it out lol! Thanks again for all the advice