Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Top 5 certifications to kick-start your career in IT

Thinking of getting into IT? We’ve listed out five certifications that we believe are the most effective way of starting your IT career:

1. Comptia A+ 2009

The Comptia A+ certification is the industry standard for computer support technicians, and provides knowledge and skills in areas such as installation, preventative maintenance, networking, security and troubleshooting. It is part of the certification track for corporations such as Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, Cisco and Novell, and has become mandatory for their engineers. More than 700,000 people worldwide have certified in A+, since its inception in 1993.

2. Microsoft Certified Professional

Microsoft Certified Professional is the first step for any Microsoft certification. You become an MCP once you pass for your first MOC exam, and it keeps updating as you do more advanced courses like MCITP, MCTS, MCSD etc.

3. Cisco CCNA

Cisco certifications are universally known and respected. Some professionals may find it hard to keep up with CCNA if they are completely new to IT. Once they have CCNA, professionals can move on to more advanced certs like CCNP.

4. MySQL

Oracle MySQL database’s fast performance, high reliability, ease of use, and dramatic cost savings make it the world's most popular open source database.

5. Sun Certified Java Programmer

SCJP is the first step to higher Java certifications and validates your knowledge as a Java programmer. The prerequisite to this course is that you need to understand the fundamentals of the language.