What IT Career should I choose?
If you’re thinking about a career in IT, there are a lot of directions you could go. You could become a web developer or data scientist or study UI/UX and graphic design. Or for those of you reading right now, you might be looking at entering a career in networking, cybersecurity, or cloud administration. Which might lead you to ask: what’s the difference, and which program is right for me?
Both these programs are 13-weeks long. While they have different names, they share a lot of similar content as entry-level IT accelerators. Of the seven technical modules, four of them are shared. Both cover:
- Networking – Gain in-depth exposure to networks and topics across the OSI model, networks, protocols, and packet Capture, network analysis, and more.
- Linux – Gain exposure and get hands-on configuring and maintaining the Linux operating system.
- Windows – Exposure to the Windows Server 2012 R2 Operating System to learn server management functions using Server Manager and basic command-line utilities and tools to run from the command prompt.
- AWS – Become familiar with key industry terms and concepts while building a foundation of cloud product knowledge across Amazon Web Services.
Networking, Linux, Windows, and AWS are a LOT of content for new IT employees. Outside of this content, the programs split into their areas of focus:
- Cyber Cloud gets students certified in Security+ and AWS
- Systems Engineering gets students certified in Network+ and Linux+
Now that you understand where the programs are similar and where they differ, which one is right for you? Here are some questions to consider:
- Do I have any technical work experience?
- Do I have any training or education in IT?
- Do you prefer solving open-ended and ambiguous problems, or concrete problems with solutions?
- Are you interested in building and developing systems, or in securing and protecting systems?
If you don’t have any work or education in IT, the Systems Engineering program is the one for you. It is designed to be the 0-1 step in your IT career to get you started! If you do have work experience or education in IT, then you might be interested in Cyber Cloud. Why is that?
Our programs focus on CompTIA certifications, which is a major industry provider in technical training. The typical track through their IT certifications is to start with their A+, then complete their Network +, and then progress to their Security +. That means if you don’t have your Network + (or relevant experience), it can be really hard to catch up.