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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 PrepAway Exam2: 220-1002.

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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My Untold Story Of Inventing the Sports Bra And How it Changed the World (And Me)

Following are excerpts from "Unleash the Girls, The Untold Story of the Invention of the Sports Bra and How It Changed the World (And Me)" By Lisa Z. Lindahl


There is an idea that has popped up everywhere from Chaos Theory to Science Fiction and New Age memes known popularly as the "Butterfly Effect." Simply put, it is the notion that one very small thing—the movement of a butterfly's wing say, or the ripple in a lake caused by a pebble being thrown into it—can cause tremendous effect far away: the butterfly's wing a tornado, the ripple a large wave on a distant shore. Cause and effect, does it have limits? The field of physics is telling us that it takes only observation to bring a thing into being. We cannot consider these areas of investigation and not acknowledge that everything—everything—is in relationship in some way or another with everything else.

So, it is evident to me that commerce of any kind is, also, just about relationships. It all boils down, on every level to this simplicity. While we usually think of relationships as occurring between people—it is far more than that.

I used to teach a course in entrepreneurship specifically for women in The Women's Small Business Program at Trinity College in Burlington, Vermont. I made this concept of relationship and its importance central in how I taught the marketing thought process. I would stress that for a product or service to be successful, it had to meet a perceived need. There is a need, and it wants to be met; or it may be thought of as a problem to be solved. Or there may be an existing solution that is less than adequate.

For example: In my universe as a runner there already were a plethora of bras available, but they were inadequate for my purpose. The relationship between my breasts, my running body, and my bra was creating discomfort and distraction. A new solution had to be found, the relationship occurring when all these things came together had to be fixed. Utilizing this point of view, one sees a set of issues that need to be addressed—they are in relationship with each other and their environment in a way that needs to be changed, adjusted.

Nowhere is this viewpoint truer than in business, as we enter into more and more relationships with people to address all the needs of the organization. Whether designing a product or a service or communicating with others about it—we are in relationship. And meanwhile, how about maintaining a healthy relationship with ourselves? All the issues we know about stress in the workplace can boil down to an internal balancing act around our relationships: to the work itself, to those we work with, to home life, friends and lovers. So quickly those ripples can become waves.

Because Jogbra was growing so quickly, relationships were being discovered, created, ending, expanding and changing at a pace that makes my head spin to recall. And truly challenged my spirit. Not to mention how I handled dealing with my seizure disorder.

"My Lifelong Partner"

Let me tell you a bit about my old friend, Epilepsy. Having Epilepsy does not make any sort of money-making endeavor easy or reliable, yet it is my other "partner" in life. Husbands and business partners have come and gone, but Epilepsy has always been with me. It was my first experience of having a "shadow teacher."

While a child who isn't feeling she has power over her world may have a tantrum, as we grow older, most of us find other more subtle ways to express our powerfulness or powerlessness. We adapt, learn coping mechanisms, how to persuade, manipulate, or capitulate when necessary. These tools, these learned adaptations, give a sense of control. They make us feel more in charge of our destiny. As a result, our maturing self generally feels indestructible, immortal. Life is a long, golden road of futures for the young.

This was not the case for me. I learned very early on when I started having seizures that I was not fully in charge of the world, my world, specifically of my body. There are many different types of epileptic seizures. Often a person with the illness may have more than one type. That has been the case for me. I was diagnosed with Epilepsy—with a seizure type now referred to as "Absence seizures"—when I was four years old. I have seen neurologists and taken medications ever since. As often happens, the condition worsened when I entered puberty and I started having convulsions as well—what most people think of when they think of epileptic seizures. The clinical name is generalized "Tonic-clonic" seizures.

In such a seizure the entire brain is involved, rather like an electrical circuit that has gone out as a result of a power surge. I lose consciousness, my whole body becomes rigid, the muscles start jerking uncontrollably, and I fall. Tonic-clonic seizures, also known as "grand mal" seizures, may or may not be preceded by an aura, a type of perceptual disturbance, which for me can act as a warning of what is coming. The seizure usually only lasts for a few minutes, but I feel its draining effects for a day or two afterwards. Although I would prefer to sleep all day after such a physically and emotionally taxing event, I have often just gotten up off the floor and, within hours, gone back to work. It was necessary sometimes, though definitely not medically advised. I'm fond of saying that having a grand mal seizure is rather like being struck by a Mack truck and living to tell the tale.

Having Epilepsy has forced me to be dependent on others throughout my life. While we are all dependent upon others to some degree—independent, interdependent, dependent—in my case a deep level of dependency was decreed and ingrained very early on. This enforced dependency did not sit well with my native self. I bucked and rebelled. At the same time, a part of me also feared the next fall, the next post-convulsive fugue. And so I recognized, I acquiesced to the need to depend on others.

The silver lining of having Epilepsy is that it has introduced me to and taught me a bit about the nature of being powerless—and experiencing betrayal. I could not trust that my body would always operate as it should. Routinely, it suddenly quits. I experience this as betrayal by my brain and body. It results in my complete powerlessness throughout the convulsion. Not to mention an inconvenient interruption of any activities or plans I might have made.

Hence, I am the recipient of two important life lessons—and I was blessed to have this very specific and graphic experience at a young age. It made me observant and reflective, giving me the opportunity to consider what/where/who "I" was. I knew I was not "just" my body, or even my brain.

So, who or what did that leave? Who, what am I? Much has been written about trauma, and about near-death experiences, both of which seizures have been classified or described as. I won't delve into that here except to say that experiencing recurrent seizures and the attendant altered states of consciousness that sometimes accompany an episode (the euphemism for a seizure) changes one. It deeply affects you. It is both illuminating and frightening. It opens you up in some ways and can close you way down in others. For me it made it easy to consider the possibility of other ways to perceive, of other realms. And as an adult I became interested in quantum physics, where Science is pushing and challenging our long-held perceptual assumptions. Me, who was poor in math and disinterested in Science while in school! So if not merely body and brain, who am I? Spirit. And with Epilepsy's tutelage, I was encouraged to question, seek, try to understand what lies beyond.

Living with Epilepsy has also given me great strength. In realizing the futile nature of trying to have "power over" Epilepsy, I developed a deep well of "power within"—that inner strength that comes in the acceptance of that which one cannot change—and looking beyond it.

Through my experience building the business of Jogbra with the unique lens afforded me by my Epilepsy partner, I came to understand more fully the nature of power and what it means to be truly powerful.

Specifically, that having power and exercising it is not simply a manifestation of the ego. It need not be "power-tripping." It is how I wield my power that matters, making the all-important distinction between creating a situation of power over, power with, or empowering and having and creating strength in oneself and others.

Being powerful is a big responsibility.

To put all this another way: do I choose to create situations in which I am able to wield power over others? Or do I choose to empower others, sharing my strengths with them, while nurturing their strengths as well? The first is not true power. It is control. The second I believe to be the essence of true and positive power: strength. And integral to creating a more harmonious world, oh by the way.

While this may be apparent, even basic to others, it was an "aha!" moment for me. Too often in the years ahead I would give away my power and question my own strengths,. Time and again, however, my inner strength, my shadow teacher's gift, helped me survive and thrive until I could take responsibility for and embrace more fully my own power.

© Lisa Z. Lindahl 2019