Sooooo, the featured image has nothing to do with the content of this blog post. It was simply for the bloggers own viewing pleasure.
My experience in the last 20 years has led me to believe that certifications in IT (CCNA, “All things Comptia” and “All things Microsoft”) have their shelf life for practical work scenarios. I was just like any other new IT professional and wanted all the certifications that gave me the “Golden Ticket” to jobs and knowledge enough to keep them. Well the first part is true ….
I have achieved an MCSE x2. I have a hard-earned CCNA. All are expired. The MCSE was around 10 separate tests for the first MCSE (that is ‘if’ you pass all of em the first time). The CCNA took a lot of specialized software for router interfaces and 1500.00 for the training software to help one thru the tests and of course the books to supplement. Fast forward to 12 months later and the excruciating 5 hours of test taking is void enter a new study/software/test experience or Lather, Rinse, Repeat. The sad part is the test taking and studying only give a foundation for the technology and there is nothing like real world experience.
I jumped off that treadmill about 7 years ago and alas I am without valid certs and on the bottom of the barrel for IT jobs. 20 years experience and expired certs just don’t count.
I am headed back to school for a CIS degree. Just so I can make a living wage. I will blog about the process as I am very new to applying for and maneuvering around the financial aid waters. It should be fun to be a Menopausal Matriculate.