I am a Masters of Information 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 have searched the internet over for online course style training in various programming languages, sql, and oracle. I can find sql here.

But, the others? It seems that these do not exist. Well? I can find tutoring where you watch a series of videos, read a book and take a test.

This is as if I would be teaching myself. If I wanted to do that? I’d just buy a book and try to learn on my own. Its not worth the money they want you to pay.

I understand that new graduates generally start at entry-level positions. I don’t expect to graduate and get a DBA position right
away. 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 bankruptcy 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.


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