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Hey everyone, I'd like to get your thoughts on the decision of moving into the IT sector as a career. I've got a lot conflicting reports and read many different job outlook predictions online - everything from it being one of the better fields to move into according to some sites, and other sites saying it will be impossible to get any sort of job.
Here's my story: I'm a disabled Iraq/Afghanistan veteran and planned on making the military a career, and then following my family into law enforcement. When I got out, I was in bad shape - very limited mobility and diagnosed with some extreme PTSD and depression. After talking with different law enforcement agencies, I found out that with those issues, and the PTSD medicine I was taking, it would be really hard for me to get into any sort of law enforcement job. I sought out advice on this and other message boards I frequented, and was thinking of going to school to study game design. Through that process, I basically lucked into a great job with a marketing company that was making Augmented Reality Games, but I was on the sales side of things, not design. It was a great job with great pay, but it was also something I had no qualifications for and I basically had business having that position . That company recently downsized me and many other, and I've been thinking about what I want to do next.
I still have my GI Bill to use, and get full disability from the VA, so going back to school wouldn't be a problem. I have a small amount of IT experience - I worked in a mom-and-pop computer shop for a couple of years while in high school, and was cross-trained in PC repair in the military (I started out as a Marine Assaultman, then later lat-moved to be a Field Radio Repairman, which is where I was cross trained to repair PCs). I really enjoyed those jobs - both diagnosing and repairing systems in a tech support role, and the networking side of it. If I were to get into IT, I'd probably aim at going at network admin jobs, though I would enjoy help desk or the engineering side of things. I'm looking at computer science as a major.
I'm also thinking about getting the basic Comptia A+ and Network+ certs while I'm going to school, and seek out entry level positions or internships. I can live off of my disability and my wife's income, but I really like to be working. Right now all I've got is an Associate's Degree in Marketing - which has been just about worthless in finding a new job.
Anybody have any thoughts/advice/recommendations about the IT industry or those certifications that they would like to share? Is there a good chance of finding a job after I go to school?