A lot of career talk around the internet mentions will power and latching onto the drive deep inside you to grit through the hard parts of work to come out on top with your dream career.

The problem with a lot of this advice is that it’s watered down. It’s talked about so much that it’s become cheesy and something you roll your eyes at rather than taking seriously.

Most of the time, the people giving this advice are only half-heartedly echoing what they’ve heard from slicked-out self-help life coaches with the hopes that they’ll get people to jump on board with whatever ‘great’ idea they’ve got to offer.

But hardly ever do any of them give the practical advice and steps you need to actually get things done.

They leave out the most important parts of the advice they’re giving, which is why we so often ignore them.

But, enough of bashing the advice givers on the internet. It’ll get us nowhere.

The point is, you want to work in tech.

Maybe in network administration and support, and we’ve already promised you in the headline that we can prepare you to switch to your dream career (and make around $70k or more per year) in less than a month.

So let’s get to it. Let’s get down to the nitty-gritty of how we’re going to get you into your dream tech career as a network support specialist quickly.

We offer an 80-hour course (20 days, 4 hours each) for people wanting to enter the world of tech via jobs like Network Technician, Junior Network Engineer, Network Operations Center Engineer, or Network Administrator.

The course is broken down into four parts, each one highlighting key takeaway skills that will propel you towards success in testing for employer-recognized certifications.

  1. CompTIA Network+ (5 days)
    • The foundation-level skills you need to install, operate, manage, maintain, and troubleshoot a company’s network of computer systems
  2. CompTIA Security+ (5 days)
    • Understanding network security and how it relates to all areas of IT, preparing you for deeper knowledge in different fields of IT security
    • Prepares you to pass the CompTIA Security+ SYO-401 certification
  3. Interconnecting CISCO Networking Devices Level I (5 days)
    • Learning how to install, operate, configure, and verify an IPv4 or IPv6 (internet protocol version 4 or 6), including an LAN (local area network) switch, configuring IP routers, connecting to a WAN (wide area network), and how to identify common security threats
  4. Interconnecting CISCO Networking Devices Level II (5 days)
    • Prepares you for work as an entry-level network administrator to install, configure, operate, and troubleshoot a company’s computer network by focusing on troubleshooting common issues, configuring within IPv4 and IPv6, understanding WAN technology, device management, and CISCO licensing

Trying to find these four classes independently, within a month time frame, and then budgeting or applying for financial aid for each on your own can be a nightmare. (And heaven forbid any of your independent classes would get re-scheduled, blowing your entire time frame to pieces.)

LeaderQuest offers ONE comprehensive Network Support Specialist program, complete with certification prep, to get you fully qualified to enter into one of several different network career categories. And our career services team will help you with financial aid resources, so that’s another big headache you don’t have to worry about.

You complete one course per week, either on a day time or night time schedule… whatever best fits your lifestyle, work, and family needs.

You commit yourself to be as fully focused to the courses as possible, but since it only takes 20 days (night courses take a bit longer, but they’re still pretty quick), it’s usually a fairly sustainable way for people desiring a full-blown career switch to learn what they need to know so they can get their employer-recognized certifications and move forward.

How Our Students Boost Their Will-Power to Make it Through the 20 Days

Yes, we realize that finding nearly a month to dedicate to education can be tough… especially if you’re not an early 20-something college student with few responsibilities.

  1. Have one to two month’s worth of expenses in the bank. Even if you’re working part time and don’t need it, this money pillow will relieve any stress of financial burden and give you the peace of mind to focus all your mental power on learning your course material and passing your certification exams.
  2. Secure some financial aid. Chances are, with your new career, you’ll be able to easily pay off this loan, and any interest you incur will pay for itself. We’ve got some resources to help you do that here. We particularly recommend checking out the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act.
  3. Let your family and friends know what you’re doing and how important it is. That way they’ll be less likely to ask for favors or place more responsibilities on you during this time.
  4. Dedicate one hour every morning, preferably right after waking up, to study your course materials.


Finding the ‘Will Power’ Isn’t as Difficult When You’ve Got the End Goal in Mind

Twenty half-days of full-blown classes and at-home study can seem intimidating. But it’s a heck of a lot less intimidating than finding the funds and the time for a two or four year degree, wouldn’t you say?

And when you know 100% that at the end of it you’ll have the certifications to land the exact jobs you want in network support, 20 days is suddenly just a blip on the timeline of your career… but a blip that propels you in the exact direction you want to take.

Request information on our Network Support Specialist IT Career Training Program here. There’s no obligation, but it’s the easy, first baby step you need to take to make your career dreams come true.