Career Advice from a Newbie

  Confused25 23:33 29 Jan 2019

Hello,

I recently obtained a master's degree in Occupational Safety and Health with a focus in Safety Management. My bachelor's degree was in Occupational Safety and Health.

I have been searching for a position for several months and have not found one just yet. I have had several interviews, but nothing has panned out. I have recently decided to expand my field a little just to see if there may be anything else out there. I have a second interview for an IT position tomorrow. The IT field interests me and I could potentially see a career in it.

The interviewer told me that degrees are great, but what really sells you are certifications. If I decide to go into the field, I will of course begin work on certifications right away. I am concerned of promotion in the IT field due to my degrees being in another area, even if I obtained several certifications. My wife and I are wanting to start a family within the next few years, buy a house, etc. and for this I will require greater compensation of course. I was wondering if these certifications would be enough to obtain higher positions or if I'm sunk without a degree in the field. Any thoughts on the matter would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

Confused25

  scales 22:02 03 Feb 2019

Certifications are definately usefull in IT. I have worked in IT for over thirty years and for most of that time I have been the only one in the various department with a computer science degree. Every one else has had qualifications in everything under the sun other than IT. The most important thing is the ability to think logically and to be methodical. There are so many areas within IT anyway you can't master all of them so every one specialises in one or two areas that suits them, so get the certificates for those that you want to work in.

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