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Feeling Stuck in Your Career?

Posted on 12/19/17 10:31 AM by Get Schooled in IT Training

If you really hate when people point out to you how foolish you’re being when you’re feeling bad or frustrated, you probably shouldn’t read this blog post.

Especially if you’re working in the IT industry and feeling stuck in your career right now. If that describes you, then this blog post is going to make you feel pretty foolish so you should probably just put it down and move on to some other reading material.

On the Other Hand

If, on the other hand, you realize that what you need right now is a swift kick in the keister, then you’ve come to the right place. Look, all of this is going to be stuff you already know to some extent, so read it because you really need to read it right now.

Almost anyone who works alongside you in the IT industry will tell you that the primary reason they stay in it is because it is constantly changing, growing, and expanding. What was true yesterday is already outdated today, and what was new yesterday is about to be upgraded, updated, or replaced. Keeping up with it all is a big part of the challenge, but also what makes it so constantly stimulating.

So if you’re feeling stuck in your career in IT, own it. Take full responsibility for it and for fixing it right away.

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Cross-Training and Your Career

Posted on 12/19/17 10:25 AM by Get Schooled in Certifications, in IT News, in IT Training

This will come as no surprise. The more you know, the more you’re worth. In the IT industry that great truth has been growing year-by-year for decades.

There was a time when you could categorize yourself as a “desktop guy”, or a “server guy.” A “storage guy” or a “networking guy” or any of many others.

The economics of the business changed as more firms took on more clients and more responsibilities. The trick to managing costs involved sending out the right “guy” at the right time to each call with the right skills and the right tools.

Some members of some tech teams were “certification hounds” who grabbed every opportunity to take a training course and get a new certification in something they didn’t already have. Soon dispatchers found it much easier to manage the call flow as they gained more flexibility in who they had available with the right skills to be assigned to a wider variety of calls.

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Don’t forget to turn on a VPN when using open wifi connections (IT)

Posted on 10/31/17 2:47 PM by Get Schooled in IT Training

Doing some work at the local coffee shop and hopping on their free wifi sounds like a great deal until you think of the dangers of opening your laptop or mobile device to an open network. Wifi hacking is a prevalent, but avoidable, problem. When a device connects to an unprotected internet connection, the device immediately becomes vulnerable to infiltration. This often happens without the user even knowing! Once the hacker accesses the device, they can see any data being viewed, including confidential information like credit card numbers and bank account logins.

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It's a Beautiful Day to Go to The Fair

Posted on 2/10/17 8:56 AM by Alex Matthews in Certifications, in Cisco, in Citrix, in Computer Education, in IT Career, in IT Training, in Microsoft, in Vendor-Authorized, in vmware

State Fair of Texas Media Gallery

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4 Tips for Securing IT Jobs

Posted on 9/9/14 11:26 AM by Get Schooled in Certifications, in IT Career, in IT jobs, in IT Training, in Network+, in Tips & Tricks

Finding and keeping a job can be a difficult thing. Not only can positions often be scarce in certain fields, but even established employees can find their skill sets suddenly obsolete if they are not paying attention - something that can ultimately lead to permanent dismissal. All of this can be especially true in the IT world, where uncertainty has been bred by the rapid pace at which technology is evolving.

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