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As I climbed the ranks, I was going to figure out which area I may want to go in. Right now, I’m leaning towards networking but still undecided.

I’ve been working on troubleshooting and all that. Took apart a lil cheap computer I bought not too long ago and just been messing around with it .
I meant location wise when I said area. My bad
 
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damn bruhs i didnt get that job i interviewed for last week :stoneface:
Head up bruh. I interviewed a few times and didn’t get jobs before I landed at my current gig that I’ve been at for coming up on 5 years now.

I remember my first interview i did horrible in. Like, as it was going down I knew I wasn’t getting the job :lol:

but I’m dead *** serious - every job interview after that I felt much more comfortable. It WILL get better man. Keep trying. Sometimes these things are a blessing in disguise and you’ll land at a spot that’s perfect for you.
 

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Welp I'm already struggling super hard on the first course, Programming Logic 1.
How is it that I can uncover a 0day to gain full administrative control over a billion dollar company's service but at the same time struggle so hard in programming logic? I don't get it, this should be easy.

Apparently I'm already at least 8 hours behind on where I'm supposed to be and it's only day 4.
 
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Welp I'm already struggling super hard on the first course, Programming Logic 1.
How is it that I can uncover a 0day to gain full administrative control over a billion dollar company's service but at the same time struggle so hard in programming logic? I don't get it, this should be easy.

Apparently I'm already at least 8 hours behind on where I'm supposed to be and it's only day 4.
you'll get it keep grindin at it
 

Mark Antony

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Yeah that's the course that gets people switching majors, just tough it out if this is what you want. It's tough if not well taught.
 

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Yeah that's the course that gets people switching majors, just tough it out if this is what you want. It's tough if not well taught.
I essentially have to teach myself since there’s no in-person or video classes.
I do enjoy it though, I’m not sitting here 10 hours a day bored of fruitlessly failing

If I do end up failing though, which seems likely, I'm really not sure what to do.
 
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I essentially have to teach myself since there’s no in-person or video classes.
I do enjoy it though, I’m not sitting here 10 hours a day bored of fruitlessly failing

If I do end up failing though, which seems likely, I'm really not sure what to do.
There's other resources out there, I heard the Harvard and MIT courseware has one of the best intro courses. Don't know much you can do alongside your course and not overwhelm yourself though.

 

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There's other resources out there, I heard the Harvard and MIT courseware has one of the best intro courses. Don't know much you can do alongside your course and not overwhelm yourself though.

I definitely don't have the time to do anything alongside my course. I'm already putting in 10 hours a day.
Normally I was supposed to get a test on Monday but I'm so far behind that my instructor moved my test to Wednesday.

So far it's definitely looking like I'll fail. Should that be the case, I'm really not sure what to do.
 

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Welp I failed the first test and got kicked out :smh:
I can't verify because I no longer have access but I think I managed to download the PDFs for all the courses in case I wanna give it a another try at my own pace.
 

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Glad I found this thread.

I recently passed my comptia network+ cert exam. Already have the sec+ cert from last year, was wondering if I should go ahead and do A+ to complete the core 3. I know you would normally start with A+ and work your way up but I went the other route.

When I started with sec+ I was new to IT and was interested in the course, so I just happened to do that one first.
 
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Not worth it. Invest the time if you want to study in some thing else...like an actual skill concentration like project management, networking a la Cisco, cloud a la Azure or AWS, cyber security. Those will lead to better job opportunities. All A+ is going to lead to is help desk and/or computer repair jobs. You could probably get a job with the geek squad. But the long game is in developing more niche skills to make you desirable to other organizations.

It sounds like you’re already in the industry.
 

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Possible, but not easy. You gotta go hard on the non help desk apps though, you never know. People get hired for random **** like having the same name as someone's kid. I started in the "you must do help desk/tech support" era but wished I had skipped it entirely.
 
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Possible, but not easy. You gotta go hard on the non help desk apps though, you never know. People get hired for random **** like having the same name as someone's kid. I started in the "you must do help desk/tech support" era but wished I had skipped it entirely.
Why do you wish to have skipped it?
 

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Why do you wish to have skipped it?
Being tied to a phone queue, no control over my time just isn't my thing i've learned.

Also it's mentally draining, especially if it's a busy contact center, and there's rarely any internal upward mobility unless it's that kind of business model. Most places refuse to look at it as a revolving door. Also the tendency to get trapped if you don't have a plan to get out and stick to it.
 
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Being tied to a phone queue, no control over my time just isn't my thing i've learned.

Also it's mentally draining, especially if it's a busy contact center, and there's rarely any internal upward mobility unless it's that kind of business model. Most places refuse to look at it as a revolving door. Also the tendency to get trapped if you don't have a plan to get out and stick to it.
I got a second interview for a technical support position and I’m dreading the phone support aspect of it myself

But help desk positions seem to be the way to get in the field. Do you see another way of getting your foot in the door besides that type of role?
 
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Can you skip help desk with certs?
Gonna need more than just certs to skip the desk. You're going to need to know some services in and out such as Azure, AD, SCCM, etc. I started on the desk and it laid the foundation. Trying to move on from desktop now to system engineer.

I had an interesting interview Friday with a hiring manager at a law firm. First time I've pretty much been told in the interview that I won't get the job indirectly. He wanted someone with the law firm experience and systems experience. Weird part is that the last 2 people they've had in the position had the experience, but moved on in a year or less meaning that maybe you need someone that's green and can grow in the position. I'm expecting the agency to call me any day now with the news as I've accepted my fate on this one.

I had a phone interview with a MSP as well that went pretty cool. They're looking to hire someone to the Mac specialist for the governors office here. The intrigue of working in the governors office is dope, but just working with Macs only makes it bitter sweet tho.
 

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I got a second interview for a technical support position and I’m dreading the phone support aspect of it myself

But help desk positions seem to be the way to get in the field. Do you see another way of getting your foot in the door besides that type of role?
I'd really push hard for junior system/network admin role, search every resource. I wouldn't turn down any help desk role (especially if you have poor soft skills) but I would go for admin roles harder. Admittedly it's not easy at all.

You do need to show promise though like certs and a homelab.
 
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I'd really push hard for junior system/network admin role, search every resource. I wouldn't turn down any help desk role (especially if you have poor soft skills) but I would go for admin roles harder. Admittedly it's not easy at all.

You do need to show promise though like certs and a homelab.
Makes sense. Once I get my Network+, Sec+ , I’m gonna try to land a Junior Sys Admin position within a year and a half. I hear too often of people getting stuck in help desk.
 
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