Our GetGoing educational program is designed for new entrants to the IT Ops field, and offers a self-paced, low-cost way of obtaining the prerequisite skills and knowledge needed to obtain an entry-level IT Ops job. Self-study students can complete the entire six-month program for under $300, and for under $1,000 can certify themselves with multiple industry-recognized credentials. Our full-ride scholarship program adds on mentoring, hands-on experiences, and more – all free of charge, and with a total value of over $10,000. And the entire program can be duplicated in full by any interested mentor or mentor group, giving everyone the opportunity to bring this education to their community.
The Job Opportunity
Rather than dropping $20-$30k on a 2-year “career college” degree, prospective IT Ops career seekers should consider that, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), these entry-level “jobs require some computer knowledge, but not necessarily a postsecondary degree. Applicants who have taken some computer-related classes are often qualified.” With our program of self-paced study, students can get the education they need – along with hands-on experience – for a tiny fraction of a 2-year degree’s cost, and in a quarter of the time. Our program also lines students up for multiple industry certifications – something the BLS notes that employers, ” may require their computer support specialists to hold….”
What’s more, these IT Ops positions tend to find promotion within the field – without secondary degrees. BLS finds that, “Many computer support specialists advance to other information technology positions, such as network and computer systems administrators and software developers. Some become managers in the computer support services department.” This makes an entry-level IT Ops job – such as a help desk or support specialist position – a valuable start to a lifelong, high-earning career.
In 2015, the BLS found that these positions averaged $51,470 in annual salary – an amazing number for an entry-level job. They also found job growth in these positions to be a “faster than average” 12%, with 88,800 jobs expected to be added between 2014 and 2024, creating a total of almost 1 million positions in the US alone.
Our program specifies key industry certifications, thereby implicitly including the learning objectives behind those certifications. We also specify additional job task abilities and knowledge. At this base level, it’s up to learners to assemble their own learning materials – books, videos, or whatever – to meet the objectives and certifications we’ve outlined. In addition, we recommend specific hands-on activities as a way of gaining some minimal practical experience.
[Our revised 2017 program guide is coming soon]
Finding the Education
We work with any educational provider who approaches us to identify deliverables that can meet the criteria of our program. Presented here are the guides we’ve assembled to this point; if you’re interested in developing alternate guides with us, please contact us (“Admin” at PowerShell.org is the email address).
[Our revised 2017 Pluralsight guide is coming soon]
The Mentoring Option
We also believe that students benefit immensely from a one-on-one relationship with a qualified mentor who already works in the field. Our Mentoring Guide is designed to help those mentors conduct structured mentoring sessions, providing them with knowledge-check questions to ask, discussion points to raise, and additional resources and exercises to refer to.
[Our revised 2017 Mentor guide is coming soon]
Each year, we offer a small number of full-ride scholarships that include all of our recommended education (in self-paced video form), paid certification exams, paid mentoring, and paid time for hands-on exercises (including a build-your-own PC kit and cloud compute time). Each scholarship is worth more than $10,000, and is completely free to the recipient. Half of our available scholarship funds are earmarked for learners from groups that are presently underrepresented in the IT industry.