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Transitioning careers

I work as a secretary and I am thinking about the IT field. I want to take the MCSE certification and not the full four-year study for computer science. Which certification should I start off studying for, A+, Network or MCSE? I am confused about which one to start off with but I think I would like the database manager type of background.

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In my opinion, the transition in career that you are seeking to make with your present plan will be very difficult. I'd urge you to evaluate some other alternatives.

A move from being a professional secretary to a technical position is difficult. Certification alone may not do it, unless you obtain some sort of commitment from your current employer that you'll be able to make such a move inside your present company where you've already established a record of job performance.

This was first published in June 2001

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