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Spotlight: Opening Doors in IT

MDQ_EMAILWhen Michael Quailo decided to shift career paths three years ago from general auditing to IT compliance, he needed to play catch up — and fast. Despite a long-held interest in technology, the U.K. resident had very little formal training.

“I had missed the boat of joining an organization as an entry-level techie,” he said. “So I had to grab that knowledge quickly to prove my worth as an advisor to IT.”

Michael turned to CBT Nuggets after it was highly recommended by a coworker. He quickly realized that being able to access training on a wide variety of IT topics anytime he needed was ideal for his situation. Determined to get the knowledge he needed, he saved for nearly a year in order to get a subscription.

Initially, Michael used CBT Nuggets strictly as reference point when he needed to learn about configuring or troubleshooting technologies. Earning IT certifications wasn’t a priority—until recently.

“I realized about a year ago that the training I had been receiving was preparing me for the certifications,” Michael said. “So why not go for them?”

That decision has paid off. Michael has earned 17 certifications so far, using a variety of e-learning sites and resources to study. He said that CBT Nuggets is his preferred source for online training., and this year, CBT Nuggets helped him get five certifications within six months: CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+, Cisco CCENT, Cisco CCNA R&S, and CISSP.

His first cert was Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), and he’s now working as an information security officer. Next up, he plans to earn Certified Ethical Hacker certification.

Michael also said he’s a fan of CBT Nuggets because its trainers are real people who provide real-world answers to questions, all in a relatable manner.

“I feel like Keith, James, Jeremy and Anthony and all the other CBT trainers are there to help me in my career,” Michael explained. “When I need to explore something, I refer to my ‘personal trainers.'”

Michael doesn’t plan to stop his IT training any time soon. He said that earning certifications have helped build his confidence and enabled him to advance his career — enough that he has been able to double his income level from when he first started in IT.

“My certs and training have opened doors for me,” he said. “I’m aiming for new grounds!”

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