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IT Careers after Acing the CompTIA A+ Certification Exams

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Through the years, CompTIA continues to establish its influence in the tech industry—aiding professionals to elevate their respective careers. Among its remarkable list of certification is the vendor-neutral and highly respected A+ credential. People who are yet to gain experience in information technology will find this credential very beneficial. Valued by several international companies, a qualification this revered speaks for itself in every career hunt.


The CompTIA A+ cradles a number of entry-level tech positions that you could fit in with the help of its corresponding certification exams CompTIA A+ Certification Practice Test Questions. Detailed below are the job opportunities that the certification unlocks for you.

Computer Service Technician

If you are new to IT, the A+ credential is one of the best entry passages in various IT jobs. Although this may not be the case for every beginner who wishes to pursue an IT career, it’s still a promising route that introduces you to even more career opportunities. Most people who pursue this credential proceed in dealing with PC technology. Basically, this job would require your capacity in the installation, management, configuration, upgrade, troubleshoot and repair of PCs. Through one’s acquisition of the CompTIA A+ certificate, your fundamental skills and knowledge of the PC technology would be verified. This encompasses your expertise in operating systems,security, networking as well as hardware and software.

IT Support Specialist

Another job you can land on with your credential is the IT Support Specialist position. This job requires you to know your way around technical aspects such as troubleshooting desktop issues, setting up a desktop or a network, and keeping technological equipment safe and smooth from any security risk. Basically, your creativity and zeal for problem-solving would be expanded more in this kind of work setup.

Each day brings an opportunity to grow your technological niche in approaching various desktop or workstation issue. You can choose to be a part of a global enterprise company or share your learning's in a humble business. Besides, being an IT Support Specialist is also a step forward in becoming an IT Help Desk Support, which is another in-demand IT career.

Technical Support

Pursuing a technical support job is also one of the tracks you can take in the field of information technology. Here, your knack in giving guidance in a customer’s computer problems is bridged. You either communicate over the phone or online to provide effective resolutions related to computer issues.

System Support Administrator

A professional assigned to this job is responsible for the maintenance of user accounts as well as the company hardware and software. Part of the responsibility is how he or she should see to it that each essential part of the IT system runs as planned. If you have plans in entering this tech role, you must possess at least five years of experience, and most preferably, a college degree, as most employers look for in a candidate. You can back this credential with your A+ certification as proof of your capacity in meeting the latest trends and changes in the industry. By doing so, you show the company how adaptable you are, and most importantly, how trained you are by one of the world’s most respected IT associations.

IT Consultant

This career track asks both your skills in handling IT systems and in dealing with clients. A day in the life of an IT consultant is a challenging learning process that educates him or her to bring the most reliable solutions for each client concerning technology. Besides, this type of professional must also be keen on meeting the requirements of the business and of the respective clients. This must be done through effective communication and guidance with the client along with the technical expertise.

Help Desk Technician

Sometimes, a hero can hide behind the phone or the internet. Meeting challenges that ceaselessly build one’s approach in resolving issues is one thing a help desk technician faces each day. Through the guidance of a CompTIA A+, you’ll be able to take hold of critical terms and concepts that will aid you in straightening out issues from different users. This can remarkably act as a significant instrument in your growth in the industry. If you leverage your credential toward this job role, you are expected to solve critical issues and handle various applications. It’s a career made for the flexible and innovative individual, who always sights a solution to every technical problem.

Field Service Technician

According to Payscale.com, an average salary of such professionals is about $48,824. This is a career that highlights professional and personal elasticity. Unlike help desk technicians who resolve issues over the phone or the internet, field service technicians give solutions right directly to one assigned particular site. In this employment, professionals can either be working with a group of other repairmen or choose to function for a certain product manufacturer. This includes traveling and serving, with the goal of bringing the learning gained from hands-on training to the field.

Conclusion

The world of IT is expansive for every individual who has the skills and willingness for professional growth. Even after being certified by CompTIA A+, there’s much room for improvement to a lot of professionals since education serves as a continuous process in this field.

No matter how useful the CompTIA A+ certification is, it is your personality, work ethic, and practical experience that are also instrumental. You must combine these ingredients in order to arrive at your desired career choice. Anyhow, the prize of passing the two certification exams will definitely help chart the success of your profession.

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Do 2020 Presidential Candidates Still Have Rules to Play By?

Not too many years ago, my advice to political candidates would have been pretty simple: "Don't do or say anything stupid." But the last few elections have rendered that advice outdated.


When Barack Obama referred to his grandmother as a "typical white woman" during the 2008 campaign, for example, many people thought it would cost him the election -- and once upon a time, it probably would have. But his supporters were focused on the values and positions he professed, and they weren't going to let one unwise comment distract them. Candidate Obama didn't even get much pushback for saying, "We're five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America." That statement should have given even his most ardent supporters pause, but it didn't. It was in line with everything Obama had previously said, and it was what his supporters wanted to hear.

2016: What rules?

Fast forward to 2016, and Donald Trump didn't just ignore traditional norms, he almost seemed to relish violating them. Who would have ever dreamed we'd elect a man who talked openly about grabbing women by the **** and who was constantly blasting out crazy-sounding Tweets? But Trump did get elected. Why? Some people believe it was because Americans finally felt like they had permission to show their bigotry. Others think Obama had pushed things so far to the left that right-wing voters were more interested in dragging public policy back toward the middle than in what Trump was Tweeting.

Another theory is that Trump's lewd, crude, and socially unacceptable behavior was deliberately designed to make Democrats feel comfortable campaigning on policies that were far further to the left than they ever would have attempted before. Why? Because they were sure America would never elect someone who acted like Trump. If that theory is right, and Democrats took the bait, Trump's "digital policies" served him well.

And although Trump's brash style drew the most handlines, he wasn't the only one who seemed to have forgotten the, "Don't do or say anything stupid," rule. Hillary Clinton also made news when she made a "basket of deplorables" comment at a private fundraiser, but it leaked out, and it dogged her for the rest of the election cycle.

And that's where we need to start our discussion. Now that all the old rules about candidate behavior have been blown away, do presidential candidates even need digital policies?

Yes, they do. More than ever, in my opinion. Let me tell you why.

Digital policies for 2020 and beyond

While the 2016 election tossed traditional rules about political campaigns to the trash heap, that doesn't mean you can do anything you want. Even if it's just for the sake of consistency, candidates need digital policies for their own campaigns, regardless of what anybody else is doing. Here are some important things to consider.

Align your digital policies with your campaign strategy

Aside from all the accompanying bells and whistles, why do you want to be president? What ideological beliefs are driving you? If you were to become president, what would you want your legacy to be? Once you've answered those questions honestly, you can develop your campaign strategy. Only then can you develop digital policies that are in alignment with the overall purpose -- the "Why?" -- of your campaign:

  • If part of your campaign strategy, for example, is to position yourself as someone who's above the fray of the nastiness of modern politics, then one of your digital policies should be that your campaign will never post or share anything that attacks another candidate on a personal level. Attacks will be targeted only at the policy level.
  • While it's not something I would recommend, if your campaign strategy is to depict the other side as "deplorables," then one of your digital policies should be to post and share every post, meme, image, etc. that supports your claim.
  • If a central piece of your platform is that detaining would-be refugees at the border is inhumane, then your digital policies should state that you will never say, post, or share anything that contradicts that belief, even if Trump plans to relocate some of them to your own city. Complaining that such a move would put too big a strain on local resources -- even if true -- would be making an argument for the other side. Don't do it.
  • Don't be too quick to share posts or Tweets from supporters. If it's a text post, read all of it to make sure there's not something in there that would reflect negatively on you. And examine images closely to make sure there's not a small detail that someone may notice.
  • Decide what your campaign's voice and tone will be. When you send out emails asking for donations, will you address the recipient as "friend" and stress the urgency of donating so you can continue to fight for them? Or will you personalize each email and use a more low-key, collaborative approach?

Those are just a few examples. The takeaway is that your online behavior should always support your campaign strategy. While you could probably get away with posting or sharing something that seems mean or "unpresidential," posting something that contradicts who you say you are could be deadly to your campaign. Trust me on this -- if there are inconsistencies, Twitter will find them and broadcast them to the world. And you'll have to waste valuable time, resources, and public trust to explain those inconsistencies away.

Remember that the most common-sense digital policies still apply

The 2016 election didn't abolish all of the rules. Some still apply and should definitely be included in your digital policies:

  1. Claim every domain you can think of that a supporter might type into a search engine. Jeb Bush not claiming www.jebbush.com (the official campaign domain was www.jeb2016.com) was a rookie mistake, and he deserved to have his supporters redirected to Trump's site.
  2. Choose your campaign's Twitter handle wisely. It should be obvious, not clever or cutesy. In addition, consider creating accounts with possible variations of the Twitter handle you chose so that no one else can use them.
  3. Give the same care to selecting hashtags. When considering a hashtag, conduct a search to understand its current use -- it might not be what you think! When making up new hashtags, try to avoid anything that could be hijacked for a different purpose -- one that might end up embarrassing you.
  4. Make sure that anyone authorized to Tweet, post, etc., on your behalf has a copy of your digital policies and understands the reasons behind them. (People are more likely to follow a rule if they understand why it's important.)
  5. Decide what you'll do if you make an online faux pas that starts a firestorm. What's your emergency plan?
  6. Consider sending an email to supporters who sign up on your website, thanking them for their support and suggesting ways (based on digital policies) they can help your messaging efforts. If you let them know how they can best help you, most should be happy to comply. It's a small ask that could prevent you from having to publicly disavow an ardent supporter.
  7. Make sure you're compliant with all applicable regulations: campaign finance, accessibility, privacy, etc. Adopt a double opt-in policy, so that users who sign up for your newsletter or email list through your website have to confirm by clicking on a link in an email. (And make sure your email template provides an easy way for people to unsubscribe.)
  8. Few people thought 2016 would end the way it did. And there's no way to predict quite yet what forces will shape the 2020 election. Careful tracking of your messaging (likes, shares, comments, etc.) will tell you if you're on track or if public opinion has shifted yet again. If so, your messaging needs to shift with it. Ideally, one person should be responsible for monitoring reaction to the campaign's messaging and for raising a red flag if reactions aren't what was expected.

Thankfully, the world hasn't completely lost its marbles

Whatever the outcome of the election may be, candidates now face a situation where long-standing rules of behavior no longer apply. You now have to make your own rules -- your own digital policies. You can't make assumptions about what the voting public will or won't accept. You can't assume that "They'll never vote for someone who acts like that"; neither can you assume, "Oh, I can get away with that, too." So do it right from the beginning. Because in this election, I predict that sound digital policies combined with authenticity will be your best friend.