After getting laid off two years ago and getting government aid to go back to college I graduated two months ago with an Associate’s degree in Network Technology. But that and my CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) certification haven’t been able to land me a job.
So a few weeks ago I get a letter stating that Obama has a plan where if you go to school (for anything under a Bachelor’s degree) you don’t have to look for work, and I’m seriously considering it. This new program doesn’t pay for schooling, but since I’ve been living on unemployment for a while, I can probably qualify for a PELL grant or similar.
If I qualify, there are three types of certificate of completions I’m considering. The con to all of these options is that they are career changes for me so I don’t have on-the-job experience. Also, for my second and third choices chances are that I would run out of unemployment before completing my cert, so I’d have to land a job while still taking classes.
I’m considering some IT certs because for a few of them, I’ve already taken most of the classes and could get them quickly. My local career center is also seeing about helping me train for, and pay for my A+ certification, so if I went this route and got colleges certs as well, then maybe my Associate’s degree, CCNA, A+, Computer Systems Administration cert, Web Developer cert, and maybe a Computer Support Specialist cert would help overcome my lack of a bachelor’s degree.
If I can’t get into IT, I would like to get into clerical work, so I am considering getting one of these Business Technology certs - Office Fundamentals, Business Technology, and Business Software.
The largest career field right now is medical, and my local college has three one-year certs - Health Information Technology, Medical Coding, and Medical Transcription. Actually, looking at the catalog I’d probably either choose Coding or Transcription (the info on classes for HIT is confusing).
I guess my best chances are either IT certs, if having a lot actually helps, or a medical cert because that’s where the jobs are.