As I come into 2013 I am really unsure of my future in the workplace. I have been taking some classes at the local college in computer network engineering and I really don't think I learned a great deal because the classes too fast. They were not the typical 16 weeks. Try 8 weeks of information overload and couple this with it being online vs. in person. Couple this with needing to take a certification exam in order to be job worthy. My next class is Network Fundamentals and it is online with no textbook.
What concerns me with this is not only is there alot of information to be learned and exams to be passed by experience is a big requirement in order to land a job in the field. I have no idea how I would get this experience. I want to stay with the company I work for because it has a nationally recognized IT department and I have been with this company for near 15 years. I work in data entry which is basically an accounting job. I have asked myself, should I keep going with this computer route and bust my tail to get certifications and then somehow find my way through and hopefully get a break down the road or should I look for something else?
The only other road I looked into in regards to my job is business analyst but this involves some programming, database and accounting. At least with this area I would have some experience in and could move up if I wanted to but I am not sure I want a salary job.
Over on the shelf, so to speak, I played with the idea of some kind of journalism BUT the pay isn't that great and a person has to really love to do journalism in order to be one. Blogging itself is a kind of journalism anyway and I am a news junkie to the max. It is really ridiculous.
What would your advice be for me?