What a beginner should know/learn for sysadmin job?
To explain my situation, right now I am a high school senior with an A+ certification, and am aiming for the Net+ and (maybe) Security+ before the lifetime certification period ends in January, as well as (maybe) a vendor cert. I also have experience in web development, PHP, and Java, and am aiming for C#
I aimed for the certifications because 1 teacher (who is a Sys Admin turned teacher, not like most who have 0 field experience) pushed the class to do it. However when talking with the Sys admin of another school, he said that the A+ is almost worthless, while the Net+ and the Security+ are only marginally better. He says experience is the only real weight.
Now the issue is if my path is correct. You can't expect a 17 year old to have 10 years of experience, but how do I even get a resume looked at? With certifications. Or so I thought.
After getting these certs, I was thinking of going to collage for a class like MIS (Information Systems) and minoring in CS. But is it worth it to spend so much money on those things if experience only matters? Should I not consider collage and go straight to work? Should I not worry about certifications (they aren't cheap you know)? Or should I do what I was planning to do?
Lastly, is CompTIA the right certification house to use?
Related but not an answer
- what-certifications-are-still-important - Assumes experience
- i-read-computer-science-i-dont-have-any-certification-yet-but-i-want-experience - Assumes experience at small companies, and doesn't talk about collage
- what-it-certification-is-most-valuable-without-job-experience - Assumes existing stable programmer turning into IT. While I do have 2 small projects, its not like what the OP has