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.
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.
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.
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.
Women in the workplace have always experienced a certain degree of discrimination from male colleagues, and according to new studies, it appears that it is becoming even more difficult for women to get acclimated to modern day work environments, in wake of the #MeToo Movement.
In a recent study conducted by LeanIn.org, in partnership with SurveyMonkey, 60% of male managers confessed to feeling uncomfortable engaging in social situations with women in and outside of the workplace. This includes interactions such as mentorships, meetings, and basic work activities. This statistic comes as a shocking 32% rise from 2018.
What appears the be the crux of the matter is that men are afraid of being accused of sexual harassment. While it is impossible to discredit this fear as incidents of wrongful accusations have taken place, the extent to which it has burgeoned is unacceptable. The #MeToo movement was never a movement against men, but an empowering opportunity for women to speak up about their experiences as victims of sexual harassment. Not only were women supporting one another in sharing to the public that these incidents do occur, and are often swept under the rug, but offered men insight into behaviors and conversations that are typically deemed unwelcomed and unwarranted.
Restricting interaction with women in the workplace is not a solution, but a mere attempt at deflecting from the core issue. Resorting to isolation and exclusion relays the message that if men can't treat women how they want, then they rather not deal with them at all. Educating both men and women on what behaviors are unacceptable while also creating a work environment where men and women are held accountable for their actions would be the ideal scenario. However, the impact of denying women opportunities of mentorship and productive one-on-one meetings hinders growth within their careers and professional networks.
Women, particularly women of color, have always had far fewer opportunities for mentorship which makes it impossible to achieve growth within their careers without them. If women are given limited opportunities to network in and outside of a work environment, then men must limit those opportunities amongst each other, as well. At the most basic level, men should be approaching female colleagues as they would approach their male colleagues. Striving to achieve gender equality within the workplace is essential towards creating a safer environment.
While restricted communication and interaction may diminish the possibility of men being wrongfully accused of sexual harassment, it creates a hostile
environment that perpetuates women-shaming and victim-blaming. Creating distance between men and women only prompts women to believe that male colleagues who avoid them will look away from or entirely discredit sexual harassment they experience from other men in the workplace. This creates an unsafe working environment for both parties where the problem at hand is not solved, but overlooked.
According to LeanIn's study, only 85% of women said they feel safe on the job, a 5% drop from 2018. In the report, Jillesa Gebhardt wrote, "Media coverage that is intended to hold aggressors accountable also seems to create a sense of threat, and people don't seem to feel like aggressors are held accountable." Unfortunately, only 16% of workers believed that harassers holding high positions are held accountable for their actions which inevitably puts victims in difficult, and quite possibly dangerous, situations. 50% of workers also believe that there are more repercussions for the victims than harassers when speaking up.
In a research poll conducted by Edison Research in 2018, 30% of women agreed that their employers did not handle harassment situations properly while 53% percent of men agreed that they did. Often times, male harassers hold a significant amount of power within their careers that gives them a sense of security and freedom to go forward with sexual misconduct. This can be seen in cases such as that of Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby and R. Kelly. Men in power seemingly have little to no fear that they will face punishment for their actions.
Source-Alex Brandon, AP
Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook executive and founder of LeanIn.org., believes that in order for there to be positive changes within work environments, more women should be in higher positions. In an interview with CNBC's Julia Boorstin, Sandberg stated, "you know where the least sexual harassment is? Organizations that have more women in senior leadership roles. And so, we need to mentor women, we need to sponsor women, we need to have one-on-one conversations with them that get them promoted." Fortunately, the number of women in leadership positions are slowly increasing which means the prospect of gender equality and safer work environments are looking up.
Despite these concerning statistics, Sandberg does not believe that movements such as the Times Up and Me Too movements, have been responsible for the hardship women have been experiencing in the workplace. "I don't believe they've had negative implications. I believe they're overwhelmingly positive. Because half of women have been sexually harassed. But the thing is it is not enough. It is really important not to harass anyone. But that's pretty basic. We also need to not be ignored," she stated. While men may be feeling uncomfortable, putting an unrealistic amount of distance between themselves and female coworkers is more harmful to all parties than it is beneficial. Men cannot avoid working with women and vice versa. Creating such a hostile environment is also detrimental to any business as productivity and communication will significantly decrease.
The fear or being wrongfully accused of sexual harassment is a legitimate fear that deserves recognition and understanding. However, restricting interactions with women in the workplace is not a sensible solution as it can have negatively impact a woman's career. Companies are in need of proper training and resources to help both men and women understand what is appropriate workplace behavior. Refraining from physical interactions, commenting on physical appearance, making lewd or sexist jokes and inquiring about personal information are also beneficial steps towards respecting your colleagues' personal space. There is still much work to be done in order to create safe work environments, but with more and more women speaking up and taking on higher positions, women can feel safer and hopefully have less contributions to make to the #MeToo movement.