|Alcatel-Lucent||Amazon||American Bankers Association|
|BlackBerry||Blue Coat||CA Technologies|
|Extreme Networks||F5 Networks||FileMaker|
|Graduate Admission||Health Fitness Sciences|
|SAS Institute||School Admission||Six Sigma|
|SolarWinds||Symantec||The Open Group|
When looking into the field of IT and the host of certifications that are available and the learning methods that students have to choose from, it is no wonder that students, career changers, and IT professionals often ask "Where do I begin?" When you start to research all the various vendors, the certifications they offer, etc., it gets to be mind-boggling. Some will just throw up their hands and head back to the university setting. I don't think that is the best course for everyone. If you really want to establish yourself in IT, certification is the way to go.
There are those who have been in IT for many years who say certification is a crutch. In many ways they are right. It is a crutch that most HR people are using to weed out who they will consider and who they will interview. Anyone can say I have worked with computers for X years, but have nothing to prove it. Certification is a way to prove your knowledge and skill sets.