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Achieving Goals and Taking Names: What CompTIA IT Pros Accomplished in 2021

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CompTIA supports IT pros throughout their careers. Through our training and certifications plus countless free resources, you could achieve your goals doing what you love most. Here are a few of the accomplishments that IT pros have shared with us this year.

(Career) Change Is a Good Thing

“After being laid off from an office job, I went to work at a coffee shop with good benefits to change careers, focusing on IT. The plan was working well, then the pandemic hit. I was laid off, and I pivoted to being the parent at home while my partner paid our bills. We made an aggressive self-education plan together. Within nine months, I achieved CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+ and CompTIA Security+ certifications. Now I'm looking for work in IT, and it's at least a year ahead of schedule compared to the coffee-slinging plan.”

Cayce A.

“I decided to go back to school at the age of 50 to earn a computer science degree. This was a change of career for me. I worked the last 24 years as a counselor.  A lot of people told me that I was crazy and couldn’t do it. I worked very hard and earned my CompTIA Security+ certification. I am well on my way to my degree in computer science and got my first IT job. I wish I could tell other women and non-traditional students that if they have a dream, they should go for it.”

Alice E.

“My accomplishment this year is one of determination. After being laid off last year from my deskside support technical role, I decided to buckle down and pursue more education and knowledge. I had gained my CompTIA A+ certification in the beginning of 2021. I also have plans to acquire further education before year end. Thankfully, due to my determination to further develop my skills and never giving up searching for employment, I can say with much gratitude that as of today I had my first day at my new IT role within the airport.”

Chris S.

Get More Out of Your Certification

“I ended 2020 having earned my CompTIA Security+ certification. My workplace was hit with ransomware in the spring. This delayed my studying for CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CySA+) but gave me a hands-on approach to being a cybersecurity analyst and to earn the CompTIA Security Analytics Professional Stackable Certification.”

Marcus R.

“This year has been a hectic year with my wife being away at medical school three hours away and becoming a one-income and parent household. It has been a challenge to work on pursuing my IT career. Nonetheless, with all the struggles I was able to schedule lab and study time to work towards the CompTIA Linux+ certification. After a few months, I'm proud to say that I successfully passed the Linux+ exam on July 25, 2021. It was a great accomplishment and allowed me to remind myself that even with all the struggles of life, we all can work hard for something we truly WANT! There's enough time in the day to budget an hour or two to dedicate to studying.”

Luis V.

“I previously worked in IT until I unfortunately had a stroke. I became disabled and retired. I decided to return to IT and was able to self-study. I failed the CompTIA A+ 1001 exam the first time. However, I was determined to pass, so I retook the exam and passed! I look forward to passing A+ core 2, receiving my CompTIA A+ certification and attaining several certifications.”

Contina M.

Kickstart Your IT Career

“With some help from CompTIA and my Security+ certification, I was accepted into Syracuse University’s graduate program in information studies. I was able to take these accomplishments and use them to get selected for a commission opportunity in the Air National Guard to become the warfighting operations communications officer for my unit!”

Thomas T.


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