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    Hello,
    I am a couple of days away from enrolling in the IT track at my local university and I wanted to get your opinion on something. The only thing that I have yet to decide on is the "focus area" of my degree. It is the Associates degree, and there are a few options that i can take. The general options (according to the admittance advise) are application development, network management, web development, and help desk specialist. She also mentioned (because I brought it up) that cyber security and few other focus areas are available. I have been using Ubuntu since early 2007 but mostly as a way to do things more efficiently, for a more reasonable price and because I wanted to support the good work that the developers do. I have recently become more and more interested in the development side of things ie: programming, websites, bug fixing and the improving security.

    What I would like to ask you, especially those of you with degrees in the IT field, is what do you think is good choice for a focus area that will help me both find a job and contribute to the Ubuntu/Linux community? I know that this is my decision that I shouldn't' just do what you all say but I do want to help and not just use; while also being able to make a living at a day job. I'm leaning toward network management or application management. I figure that when I move on to the Bachelors degree I could focus in something else. The school also offers certification programs that I will more than likely being taking advantage of.

    Again, I thank you for taking the time to read this and or reply.
    Have a fantastic day

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    Re: I would like your input on IT focus area

    Not a support question. Moving to the Community Cafe.

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    Re: I would like your input on IT focus area

    Information Security would be my choice,... but given your interests application development fits. The other area to look in to is something that deals with dealing with large amounts of data - not sure what a Uni would call that.

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    Re: I would like your input on IT focus area

    Cloud technologies are popping right now. Having a base level of knowledge on a variety of network OS's never hurts either. I started back in '89 building PC's and have been in many different disciplines in the IT field. I have no degree at all - I now work for a fortune 50 IT company working on enterprise SAN and NAS technologies - so where you start may not be where you stay. My day job is storage and SAN with some Linux involved (Red Hat and SuSE). In my free time, I work on shell scripting and learning c++.

    Start building your resume (cv) today. When you get started, do your best to stay on top of new tech and never stop working with the older tech.

    FWIW, I absolutely agree with cprofitt about going with your interests. For me, it was a hobby that got out of control and led to a long-term career.

    Good luck!
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    Re: I would like your input on IT focus area

    Quote Originally Posted by Carl.Spackler View Post
    Cloud technologies are popping right now. Having a base level of knowledge on a variety of network OS's never hurts either. I started back in '89 building PC's and have been in many different disciplines in the IT field. I have no degree at all - I now work for a fortune 50 IT company working on enterprise SAN and NAS technologies - so where you start may not be where you stay. My day job is storage and SAN with some Linux involved (Red Hat and SuSE). In my free time, I work on shell scripting and learning c++.

    Start building your resume (cv) today. When you get started, do your best to stay on top of new tech and never stop working with the older tech.

    FWIW, I absolutely agree with cprofitt about going with your interests. For me, it was a hobby that got out of control and led to a long-term career.

    Good luck!
    Exactly, got my first IT job here about a year ago, sure going to school helped get me noticed, but everything I learned in school was crap when it came to real life experiences. Pick something that you like, and sounds interesting, and get your name out there. Talk to your professors about job openings in the IT field, get a linked in account. It's hard getting into IT with no real world experience, you just have to network your self.

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    Re: I would like your input on IT focus area

    Thank you very much, I greatly appreciate the input. I still am not sure yet but it certainly helps having advice from people in the field.

    You have all been very helpful.

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