I have made a big decision to change careers after being in the healthcare
field for 10 years. I will spare you the details of why I am leaving
healthcare. My "computer friends" have all encouraged me to go into the
MCSE course because of my interest and aptitude for quickly learning
computer applications. MCSE seems interesting to me and also a good
opportunity for me to get into the computer field without having to quit
work and go to school for 2 or more years. I have no networking experience
at all but I am fascinated by how it all works. ( as far as I currently
understand it) I am planning to take MCSE courses available at Keiser
College in Melbourne, Fla.. I realize that there are alot of factors that
determine who will do well and who will fail but I would love to hear
anyone's opinion/advice on my situation especially from anyone who has made
a 180 degree career change into computing/MCSE from another career field.
Also, my short term goal is to pass the exams,of course. But, my main goal
is to be an asset to any company willing to hire me after I finish the
Career changing at mid-life is scary as hell. Been there, done that.
Expect a couple years of pain as you work yourself up to a network
administration position. There are several things you can do to help:
1) start your own business at home and set up a network. Congratulations,
you are now the network administrator of a small network; legit info to put
on your resume.
2) set up a web site. Congratulations, you now know a little HTML ....
(also goes on resume)
3) learn a specialized app, like Lotus Notes, Novell Groupwise, Linnux,
4) get dirty, real dirty, in terms of learning your way around computer
5) start attending IT job fairs, find out who the players are (temp
companies) in your area.
6) understand you are probably going to take a BIG pay cut the first two
7) If you can teach, try and get a teaching job with New Horizons. They
will (if you survive) bring you up through MCT and CNI tracks, plus think
of all the apps you get to learn.
8) be prepared to feel uncomfortable. It will pass once you establish
9) make sure you get good tax advice, so that you can minimize your net
10) GOOD LUCK, and adopt the attitude of the BULL ELEPHANT - Nothing Get's
In Your Way!
Success belongs to those who earn it. Do what you love and the money WILL