Starting some IT Certification Programs

Going in with the sincerest of intentions, not sure where it will lead me, but I recently enrolled into an IT course. I found it through one of the deal sites I was looking at. I have wanted to do some training for a while, but not go into $20k of more debt as I would with the University of Pheonix online or a traditional university. Not to say the programs compare, but I’m all about not sinking in huge amounts of cash into an investment I have no guaranteed return on.

CompTIA A+ certification validates foundation-level knowledge and skills necessary for a career in IT support. It is the starting point for an exciting career in IT. The international, vendor-neutral certification proves competence in areas such as installation, preventative maintenance, networking, security and troubleshooting.

Network+ certification: The exam covers network technologies, installation and configuration, media and topologies, management, and security. Candidate job roles include network administrator, network technician, network installer, help desk technician and IT cable installer.

Security+ not only ensures that candidates will apply knowledge of security concepts, tools, and procedures to react to security incidents; it ensures that security personnel are anticipating security risks and guarding against them.

Project+ validates that project managers have the necessary skills to complete projects on time and within budget. The exam covers the entire project life cycle from initiation and planning through execution, acceptance, support and closure.

The cost was $2695 $99. If it works out for me I’ll be a step closer to getting a much higher paying job and I will open up my career options. My MBA is great, but it’s been five years and Finance / Accounting is not the direction I want to pursue. My current line of work has limited long-term potential.

If I eventually become an iOS developer, I could earn double my current salary or more. Some of the other roles such as Linux support, computer programmer, systems administrator, computer systems analyst. I’ve been using computers for over 20 years and they’ve always fascinated me. The fear of being burned out or having to start over from scratch aren’t as valid as they used to be. Stay tuned.

Month 10 Update – 41637.03 and Counting

Little late with this one, lots of things have been going on. Basically it’s still in progress. My bf was semi-interviewing recently with a company on the east coast. The job that he is trying to get ¬†would pay amply more, but expenses would be significantly higher and my pay would be about 10% less off the bat, then tack on 5.75% income tax and much higher food prices / cost of living. Basically for him it would be a win but for me it would be a loss.

The job market in this location is much worse off than the DFW area and the night life / culture / gay friendliness of the area is all leaps and bounds behind. I would be guaranteed a job however. After much deliberation I decided against it, as we’re homeowners now, would need to rent out or sell our house, long term it would be a step back for my career unless I somehow wowed the owners and got a promotion. This all was over the course of the last few days.

Now there are rumors of layoffs at my bf’s company. Other factors going on that complicate things, but I’m not at liberty to discuss them. I still think I made the right choice, but if he is axed in the next week, based on tradition he will get severance pay and his new employer won’t have to buy him out of his contract. We shall see.

Onto an update of my finances…month10update

Interest rate on my 0% APR credit card jumped up to 11.99%. It was a good run and I’m doing everything within my power not to use it again. Credit card debt is still 0 and the occasional online purchase goes on it, paid in full before the due date and not used for much else.

I’m still reluctant to making any principal payments right now. Much uncertainty about my future ¬†and my emergency fund isn’t up to snuff yet. Doing my taxes, getting ~$650 back. Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans. I’m just glad I haven’t made any large scale purchases recently.