When you're starting out in an IT career, you'll want to begin with a great education. So, let's assume you've finished your IT degree. Congratulations! Now it is time to put all your knowledge to work in the real world. There are things to consider when choosing your career path. First determine your strengths. If you like accounting then you should concentrate on success in the world of data management, Oracle, SAP, or other accounting functions. If your forte is getting into the dark, dirty insides of networking then look into infrastructure.
It is important to know that a general degree in IT may get you in the door as an entry level IT analyst but specialization is vital if you desire to further your career. Learn something about networks, or about a specific software application. It is recommended to get a CCNA, or an MCP at the very least as well at an A+ certification.
The CCNA is the first level of certification for Cisco networking hardware set ups and configurations. With this certification you can find a position in a company as a networking engineer, working on connectivity and traffic issues within a corporation or throughout the internet. This position is a hands-on position, and will require a lot of attention to the details to ensure the network continues to work. It is a good fit for the techno-geek who tries to avoid conversation.
An MCP is the basic level of certification for Microsoft products. With this you can become a support analyst, or possibly a beginning network administrator. There are a lot of software configurations, new user set ups, security requirements and user interface for this kind of a job. The IT graduate who likes human interaction would be suited to this position.
The most basic is the A+ certification. This two-part exam delves into the nitty gritty of hardware and software. The exam is broken up by hardware - what is in a computer and how does it all work together and software - primarily Microsoft and how it will interact and relate to the hardware that is installed in the computer. Many companies now require that IT professionals have an A+ before they will consider them for employment.
Data management, Oracle, and SAP are all parts of the accounting and asset systems that are involved in IT. You should be aware that there are many federal regulations dictating the exact nature of how to deal with the IT structures in accounting in major corporations. Learn these well; you can master these regulations through online IT courses. Two of the better known federally required mandates are Sarbanes Oxley, and CobIT.