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A Little Advice
Bank said the market for IT professionals has changed over the last decade or so.
“Back in the mid-’90s, you would have individuals that would come right out of school, gain a certification without getting any experience and get thrown into a very high-paid position,” Bank said. “Obviously, the job market was a little bit different back then. From the perspective of people coming to the professional careers market with just a certification, it was, ‘Oh great — you’re qualified. I’ll just plug you in, and I’ll give you 90 grand.’”
He also said the landscape of IT hiring is different today, and budding professionals should avoid taking an approach that looks for a big, immediate payoff from a certain level of education or certification.
“For an individual making a position change or even coming right out of school, I would say instead of going after your master’s and then your CCIE [Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert], mesh that with experience,” Bank said. “Gain an entry or a midlevel position with an organization within that skill or that subject-matter discipline that you’re looking at and take that certification class on your own time (at night or on the weekend). Leverage an organization that will help fund that, based on the successful outcome of that certification. That’s what employers today are looking for more than anything else.”
– Daniel Margolis, firstname.lastname@example.org