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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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Getting a Tech / Information Technology (IT) Job after college will not be hard if you do this:

Learn Real-World Practical Skills In College

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Get Web Experience

2.) Get real-world, practical web experience either by working on web design / web development / web marketing / usability projects for fun or profit.
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The key thing is that what will get you hired after college is having marketable skills.
So, you must have skills in an aspect of the tech industry that is hiring and your skills must be solid so that employers are assured that when they hire you, they will recoup their investment in your salary, easily and quickly!
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