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Some Lists Are More Impactful than Others

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Your cashola, sir

It wouldn’t take long for a newcomer to the internet (someone who’d been living in a cave since, oh, 2008 or so) to recognize that web users have a serious obsession with lists. What are the “17 Food Questions You Didn’t Know You Needed an Answer To,” for example, or the “Top 10 Most Venomous Snakes”? Don’t you sort of with that you knew “14 Things Every Book Nerd Can Relate to on Valentine’s Day,” or that you could brag to your buddies about your “inside” knowledge of the “10 Tales from the Production of the Original Star Wars”? The list of lists goes on and on, and increases on an hourly basis. Most of these lists will provide a reader with a nice, “Huh, that’s interesting” moment of truth and trivia, but the information is far from life changing. There is one list however that could change the course of your career: The Certification Magazine Salary Survey 75.

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The Certification vs. College Question Never Gets Old

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Cal and Sooz

Like the age-old mythological image of a snake swallowing its tail, some arguments go round and round until there's nothing left but a guarantee of stalemate. All that ultimately gets settled is that there is nothing the opposing sides can do except agree to disagree. One point of frequent discussion in the information technology realm is whether aspiring professionals are better prepared to enter the industry by pursuing a steady diet of IT certifications, or by investing the time, money and energy required to complete a college degree.

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IT Training Helps Good People Do Great Things

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Lois Alger

I recently read an article in Certification Magazine about an older woman who suffers from physical disabilities so severe that she was considered unemployable. Lois Agler made her way to a Goodwill facility in Michigan that offered free IT training. She trained using PC Pro, earned her CompTIA A+ certification and is now working as a Tier-1 helpdesk technician earning more than $19 an hour. The article reminded me of a conversation with one of my Office Pro customers who suffers from dyslexia, a developmental reading disorder in which the brain has trouble recognizing and processing certain letters.

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Are You Pursuing a Super Bowl-Caliber IT Career?

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This weekend, all eyes will shift to Santa Clara, Calif., where the best of the best will compete in the most watched sporting event of the year. Super Bowl 50 will showcase two former No. 1 draft pick quarterbacks — one (Cam Newton, a.k.a. Superman) who’s playing in his first Super Bowl, and the other (Peyton Manning, a.k.a. The Sheriff) who may well be competing in his last. The Panthers have the NFL’s top offense, while the Broncos boast its best defense. Both teams entered the playoffs as the No. 1 seeds of their respective conferences.

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One Good Certification Deserves Another

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Every IT certification has value. The learning process alone typically adds a whole new skill set while helping a student or working professional stay mentally sharp and gain increased ability to process new information. Certification often helps exam candidates form new personal and professional connections. Hiring and job promotion decisions are often swayed by the presence (or absence) of a given certification in your curriculum vitae.

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