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I would highly recommend networking; school professors, school advisers, friends, family..etc. Ask around at your college to see if any school departments need help in some IT/Helpdesk related area. The most important thing to do is...get started! It doesn't have to be anything glamorous or your "ideal job", but something that gets you some experience in your field (I did cold calling in my school's Administration department just to network and get more ideas about other opportunities). Good luck and keep trying! :)
Getting internship or volunteering particularly in not-for profit organizations will help get experience to put in your resume. Even a one day or short term internship will put you ahead of those who do not have any experience. I would highly recommend you to complete your bachelors in information technology. Talk to counselors at each of the various 4-year colleges you may want to do it. And specifically ask them which degree you need to do network specialist. Ask them other questions about other types of IT degrees. You may be interested in something else that you may not know now.
I would recommend having a professional network certification
Skills, skills, skills. Backed up by industry certifications, at least entry level.
Get your CCNA as quicky as possible, start working in an MSP to get experience quickly, and shoot for the CCNP while you are employed. That will open more doors.
Congratulations on earning your associates degree in networking. I hope you are ready for an exciting future when it finally finds you.
To improve your chances to find a job there are multiple ways
1. Create a linked in profile with recommendations from your teachers.
2. Apply Apply Apply on websites such as Dice, Careerbuilder etc.
3. Look for volunteering opportunities where you can use your skills and help with their network setup and configuration.
4. keep tinkering by using various online and offline learning tools.
5. Network with your fellow students, setup your own learning workshops to learn more and practice more.
6. take online courses on coursera, edx, udacity and list them all on the linked in profile
A prospective employer wants to know you are passionate about your field, wants to know you are hungry to achieve and wants to know you keep yourself relevant in this ever changing field.
you may not have the necessary experience, but by doing all of the above, you will make connections, practice your skills and demonstrate to any prospective employer that you care about what you do and bring value to your time spent.
Unfortunately, you have to earn your wings. I had to work 3rd shift positions, which honestly are the best to learn the ropes. That is where the upgrades and the installations generally happen because you cannot do it during business hours because it may affect the business.
1. I would recommend you to start by creating a fine resume with summary & details about your achievements so far. Once you are ready with your resume, you can start contacting prospective employers that are looking for people with your skill set.
2. If possible, get in touch with your placement cell in your college or university. Explain them what type of job you are looking for and they should be able to help you contact prospective employers.
3. You can also create your complete profile on LinkedIn.com and start connecting with people in your area of expertise. LinkedIn is a great website for finding jobs. Send message to your connections and find out if there is a vacancy or position available and if they are looking for candidates like you.