Posted by Rubel Khan on February 13, 2012
According to the recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics the unemployment rate is still over 8%. These people are our neighbors, our friends, and our family; representing each demographic in terms of age, education and talent. There is probably only one thing that unites them all: they do not possess one of the 10 most sought after certifications in the Information Technology (IT) job market.
The ten most critical certifications that would assure Americans jobs and advancement in the IT marketplace are:
- Project Management Professional (PMP) manages projects to a successful conclusion, on-time, on-budget, and using the resources allocated.
- Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) certifications validate your skills in deploying, designing, and maintaining Microsoft technology such as Windows, SQL, SharePoint and Exchange.
- CompTIA’s A+ certification indicates competency to install networks, conduct preventative maintenance, secure them and troubleshoot them.
- Cisco Certified Network Associates (CCNA) installs, configures, runs and troubleshoots medium-sized routed and switched networks.
- Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) cortication validate your skills on implementing and troubleshooting a particular Microsoft Server technology, such as Windows, SQL, SharePoint and Exchange.
- CompTIA’s Network+ certification demonstrates competency to manage, maintain, troubleshoot, install and configure basic network infrastructures.
- Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) validates the ability to plan, implement, verify and troubleshoot local and wide-area enterprise networks and work collaboratively with specialists on advanced security, voice, wireless and video solutions.
- NetApp Certified Data Management Administrator (NCDA) have proven skills in performing in-depth support, administrative functions, and performance management for NetApp storage appliances running the Data ONTAP® operating system in NFS and Windows® (CIFS) multiprotocol environments.
- IT Infrastructure Library certification (ITIL) demonstrates the expertise of professionals in tech management with a three tiered program of basic, intermediate and advanced certification.
- CompTIA’s Security+ certification demonstrates knowledge of system security, network infrastructure, access control and organizational security.
Although the above certifications may not guarantee you a job (extenuating circumstances must be taken into account), they certainly improve your chances of gaining meaningful and stable employment.
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Posted by Rubel Khan on February 13, 2012
Are you interested in attending two (2) days of free Cloud Training?
Over 4,000 global IT Professionals registered for the February 21-22, 2012 offering! To accommodate demand, Microsoft is running this course again on April 3-4, 2012. You don’t want to miss it, so register now!
Microsoft Learning and the Microsoft System Center 2012 team are partnering to bring provide IT Professionals an exciting opportunity to learn what they need to know to deploy, manage and maintain Microsoft’s private cloud solution. Leveraging the popular Jump Start virtual classroom approach, the industry’s most gifted cloud experts will show attendees why this new private cloud solution, based on System Center 2012 and Windows Server, has garnered so much attention. Here are the details:
Date/Time: April 3-4, 2012 from 9:00am – 5:00pm PST | NEWLY ADDED
IMPORTANT: The Feb. 21-22, 2012 class is fully booked and closed to new registrations
Where: Live virtual classroom (online from wherever you are)
Target audience: IT Professionals (IT Implementers, managers, decision makers)
Day 1: Deployment & Configuration
Part 1: Understanding the Microsoft Private Cloud
Part 2: Deploying the Infrastructure Components
Part 3: Deploying the Private Cloud Infrastructure
Part 4: Deploying the Service Layer
Part 5: Deploying the Applications & VMs
Day 2: Management & Operations
Part 6: Managing the Infrastructure Components
Part 7: Managing the Private Cloud Infrastructure
Part 8: Managing the Service Layer
Part 9: Managing the Applications & VMs
Students have the opportunity to learn from and interact with the industry’s best cloud technologists! This high-energy, demo-rich learning experience will help IT Professionals understand why Microsoft private cloud solutions are making a splash in the industry. Here are the instructors for this two-day event!
Symon Perriman, Microsoft Technical Evangelist
Kenon Owens, Technical Product Manager, System Center Cloud and Datacenter Infrastructure
Adam Hall, Senior Technical Product Manager, System Center Application Management
Sean Christensen, Senior Technical Product Manager, System Center Service Delivery & Automation
Anant Sundaram, Senior Product Manager, System Center Cloud and Datacenter Management
What’s a “Jump Start” Course?
Training specifically designed for experienced technologists whose jobs demand they know how to best leverage new, emerging Microsoft technologies. These advanced courses assume a certain level of expertise and domain knowledge, so they move quickly and cover topics in a fashion that enables teams to effectively map new skills to real-world situations. Check out recordings of the Office 365 Jump Start and the Microsoft Virtualization for VMware Professionals, too!
Register now for the Private Cloud Jump Start
Source: Microsoft Learning – Born To Learn
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Posted by Rubel Khan on February 7, 2012
Network engineers are in high demand today and that demand is only going to increase, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. The BLS notes that job opportunities here will grow by as much as 30% between 2008 and 2018*. However, in order to take advantage of this intense growth potential, prospective network engineers need the right education.
CCNA training through Cisco courses is perhaps the best route to take. Here are four reasons why CCNA training can improve your job prospects.
Get your Competitive Edge
Today’s IT field is incredibly competitive. Despite the significant growth in the industry, you still have to take steps to make yourself the most appealing job candidate possible. CCNA certifications do this for you. By taking CCNA classes, you will be able to project an image of professionalism, experience and expertise to set yourself apart from other candidates.
CCNA Classes Ensure You Learn the skills
Another important reason to invest in Cisco courses is to ensure that you have the knowledge required to stay on the cutting edge in the IT field. IT evolves constantly as new hardware and software come to market. CCNA classes not only provide you with a firm foundation in the basics of network engineering, but also help you stay ahead of the curve. CCNA certifications ensure that you have expertise and experience in common technology used today as well as what’s coming down the pipe in several key areas, including:
- Network fundamentals
- Routing protocols and concepts
- LAN switching and wireless technology
- WAN concepts and access
CCNA options: Take your pick of expertise
You will also find that Cisco certifications provide a range of options to help further your education. For example, you will find CCNA classes in CCNA Voice, CCNA Security and quite a few other classes that will help further your career as well as ensure that you comply with CISCO mandates for professional credentialing.
No More Procrastination! Find the Help You Need
Of course, taking CCNA classes is not as simple as making the decision and then doing it. You need to find a quality education provider to ensure that you have the understanding required to pass the CCNA exams. CCNA classes will help you prepare for these exams, but not all providers are the same. You must choose a provider that offers in-depth training, one-on-one tutoring, peer group study and more. A CCNA boot camp can provide exactly what you need, though students who prefer to attend something less rigorous will certainly find Cisco courses available that fit their needs, as well. In fact, the right provider will offer both accelerated and standard course options to fit the needs of every student.
About Cisco Training
Professionals who are highly proficient in the employment of Cisco operational systems supervise the Cisco courses offered at Unitek Education. Instructors are familiar with CCNP and CSP1 tracks as well as CCNA curriculum, are Cisco certified, and also serve as consultants to Unitek Education.
About Unitek Education
Unitek Education is well known as an IT training provider for skilled professionals seeking Cisco certification. As a Cisco Learning Partner (CLP), it offers highly focused training for individuals and corporations through accelerated training boot camps in Cisco CCNA and CCNP at its cutting-edge training centers in the United States. The acclaimed CCNA training program is a highly specialized course teaching both ICND1 and ICND2 using official Cisco training curriculum. To learn more about CCNA training courses, please visit www.unitek.com/training/cisco/ccna-training.php or call toll free 1-888-825-6273.
References and Sources-
*According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities for network engineers will grow by as much as 30% between 2008 and 2018. (Source: www.bls.gov, 2/2012)
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