Career Planning

TAKE THE FIRST STEP.

Enrollment Deadline: August 24th!

Questions about whether this program is right for you? We’ll help match you with the best program to meet your career goals.

Career Planning

You’ve chosen an education plan with a goal in mind and now you’re focused on making the most of your educational resources to ensure you’re setting yourself up for success in the job market. The single, most impactful recommendation we give to all new CIAT students starting out in the tech field is not to wait until graduation to start your IT career planning. When you start your career planning steps from day 1 of your program, you graduate career-ready and are more likely to find your first job quickly, with competitive salary ranges.

Getting Certified

92%

OF EMPLOYERS SAID THAT IT CERTIFIED INDIVIDUALS RECEIVE HIGHER STARTING SALARIES THAN THOSE WITHOUT CERTIFICATIONS
Source: CompTIA HR Study

Do you want to be competing with IT candidates for your next IT position or do you want employers to be competing for you?

Finding the right, qualified tech professional and having the confidence that the candidate can come in and make an impact on the business from day one is any recruiter or HR professional’s dream. The more confidence an employer feels that your skills on paper will seamlessly transfer to on the job performance, the more likely you’ll be to land the job.

Stacking your resume with multiple industry certifications that showcase you have a well-rounded set of skills and can apply your background to a variety of business tasks or strategic initiatives.  

CompTIA, the largest and most recognized vendor-neutral industry certification organization, helps candidates showcase their technology knowledge and skills through performance-based, theory-based, and terminology-based questions. These exams focus on broader skills required for IT professionals to demonstrate, regardless of technology platform.

For new IT professionals breaking into the field for the first time, we recommend students start with CompTIA’s stackable core certifications: ITF+, A+, Network+ and Security+. Our unique CIAT curriculum aligns students with the support and resources to prepare for an industry certification with every technical course.

For mid-level or advanced IT professionals looking to advance their career, we recommend students selectively pick and choose the certifications that are most targeted for the next job role they have their eyes on.

Technology specific industry certifications – like Microsoft, Cisco, Amazon, Google, EC Council, ISC2 – help complement and layer on top of your CompTIA certification, showcasing to employers that you have demonstrated mastery of a specific technology platform (such as Microsoft Azure cloud platform) or a specialized set of skills (such as cybersecurity).

Building Your Portfolio - What is GitHub?

When it comes to landing your next coding job – show over tell.

Just like artists showcase their work to potential buyers through their design portfolios, or cybersecurity IT professionals will showcase their skills through a stack of specialized IT certifications, front-end, back-end, and full-stack developers showcase their coding skills through an online coding portfolios.

The most well-known and industry recognized code publishing platform is GitHub. GitHub is a tool used by IT departments in small, mid-sized, and enterprise organizations to collaborate, automate, and securely store code for all types of projects.

Professional developers use Git, an open source version control system, that allows to publish, test, and restore versions of code quickly and easily to resolve errors during development or document changes over time.

As a part of the unique CIAT experience, the more exposure you must tools and platforms that are likely to be used the workplace, the more prepared you’ll be during your job interview and on the job.

GitHub has become a popular online source for new and active developers to publish personal code projects to demonstrate to employers that the skills listed on their resume can translate into productivity on the job. Recruiters and direct hiring managers will often request (or toss out a resume if not included) a candidate’s GitHub portfolio link to validate your coding logic, your coding language skills, documentation skills, and more.

Questions?

Reach out today and one of our knowledgeable Admissions Advisors will be happy to answer any questions you have about CIAT.

2021 BEST CYBERSECURITY PROGRAMS

CIAT has been awarded top ranking status in Intelligent.com’s Best Cybersecurity Program review, highlighted as “Best For Industry Certifications”. Evaluated based on curriculum quality, graduation rate, reputation, and post-graduate employment.

CIRCLE OF EXCELLENCE AWARD

EC Council, the world's largest cybersecurity technical certification organization, awarded CIAT the Circle of Excellence Award two years in a row for our Certified Ethical Hacker certification training courses and career-ready curriculum.

MILITARY-FRIENDLY

We believe you deserve an education worthy of your service. CIAT welcomes military veterans, active duty service members, and spouses using the Post 9/11 GI Bill®, Veteran Readiness & Employment (VR&E), Active Duty Tuition Assistance, and MyCAA.

FULLY ACCREDITED

We have high standards and we believe you should too. CIAT has proudly earned accreditation from the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training (ACCET) listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency.

2021 BEST CYBERSECURITY PROGRAMS

CIAT has been awarded top ranking status in Intelligent.com’s Best Cybersecurity Program review, highlighted as “Best For Industry Certifications”. Evaluated based on curriculum quality, graduation rate, reputation, and post-graduate employment.

CIRCLE OF EXCELLENCE AWARD

EC Council, the world's largest cybersecurity technical certification organization, awarded CIAT the Circle of Excellence Award two years in a row for our Certified Ethical Hacker certification training courses and career-ready curriculum.

MILITARY-FRIENDLY

We believe you deserve an education worthy of your service. CIAT welcomes military veterans, active duty service members, and spouses using the Post 9/11 GI Bill®, Veteran Readiness & Employment (VR&E), Active Duty Tuition Assistance, and MyCAA.

FULLY ACCREDITED

We have high standards and we believe you should too. CIAT has proudly earned accreditation from the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training (ACCET) listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency.

TAKE THE FIRST STEP.

Enrollment Deadline: August 24th!

Questions about whether this program is right for you? We’ll help match you with the best program to meet your career goals.

Talk to an Advisor

Request an appointment with one of our IT expert Admissions Advisors for personalized guidance on building your education plan. You’ll be able to book an appointment instantly for a time that fits your schedule. 

Next Enrollment Deadline is August 24th, 2021!

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