I am a Masters of Infomation Systems Management Student at Keller Graduate School of Devry University.
I have a 4.0 GPA. I am still in my beginning classes.
I have not started on anything related to the core technical courses.
I do not have an IT background.
My problem is that I have had so many IT professionals, other professors tell me that I am making a huge mistake.
And, that when I graduate, I will not be able to do anything with my degree.
They say these courses are theory based.
What recruiters want is practical experience. I have searched the internet until I am tired of searching.
Trying to find out what types of skills employers expect recent graduates to have.
I understand that they do not want to spend the time and money to train.
I am told that without a background in IT, even a very entry level position is outside my ability.
So, what can I do with my degree? “Roll it up and use it to swat flies!
I am looking for instructor led, online courses in sql, oracle, java, c++, and gaining the Microsoft Certified Database Administrator.
Looking into that? I have found that the certification requires at least 2 years of IT experience.
I try to stay positive. But, with so many people, those in the IT industry telling me that it is impossible to get into IT without experience?
And, that I will be in serious trouble because I will not be able to find a job and I have student loans to pay back..”we feel so sorry for you.”
No matter how I try to stick with it to graduate with my core in Database Administration and a Grad Certificate in IT security? Their words echo in my head.
I understand that new graduates generally start at entry-level positions.
I don’t expect to graduate and get a DBA position right
I know I will have to be flexible and accept a lower paying position, work my way up.
I am so tired of the negativity. It makes me sick to hear all the comments about what a huge mistake I have made.
What a huge hole I am digging for myself and how I will face bankrutpcy and continued unemployment.
Does anyone have any advice for me. Constructive, positive thoughts on how I can improve my chances of employment after I graduate?
I cannot accept temporary internships because I work full-time.
I can’t quit my job for that. It doesn’t make sense.
I appreciate any help you can give me.