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Paul Ricketts

Paul Ricketts
Originally from the UK, Paul Ricketts is the Director of Marketing at TrainACE in Greenbelt, MD. Having started out in the field of Geographic Information Systems, Paul has a wealth of experience in a wide variety of industries, focused on tech., graphics and data analysis. Having finally settled in the field of marketing, he has spent the last 8 years fine tuning his skills in the art of communication and persuasion.

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Why is CCNA important in Maryland?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 10, 2020 2:48:26 PM / by Paul Ricketts posted in CCNA, Cisco

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If you intend to work in the field of computer networking, system administration, or cybersecurity, getting to grips with Cisco based technology is critical to your future. With Cisco supplying two-thirds of the world's networking technology, you are sure to encounter Cisco equipment and software at some point in your career. This is particularly true in Maryland and the rest of the Washington DC region, where Cisco is heavily favored by the large organizations, agencies, and associations headquartered here.
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Do You Need CompTIA A+ Certification for Cybersecurity?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 8, 2020 9:20:00 AM / by Paul Ricketts

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Cybersecurity is a thriving field in the IT industry. It’s no wonder that so many people are interested in beginning a career in this specialized IT area. As threats and cyberattacks continue to increase, as well as the number of devices that are used today, businesses are looking for cybersecurity employees to help protect their digital assets and sensitive information from cyber criminals. They are seeking qualified and certified professionals to fill a deluge of open positions.

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Maryland Jobs that Require CompTIA A+ Certification

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 2, 2020 9:15:00 AM / by Paul Ricketts

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Candidates that have the CompTIA A+ entry-level certification typically have an easier time getting jobs than those who are not certified. This is true all over the country, not just in Maryland and the greater Washington D.C. metropolitan area. Employers and IT recruiters often make it a point (sometimes a requirement) to seek out candidates who have the CompTIA A+ certification. This credential lets them know that you have the knowledge and skills they require for various IT positions. In the metro D.C area, there are various jobs that require candidates to have an A+ certification.

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How Hard is the CompTIA A+ Exam?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 26, 2020 9:21:46 AM / by Paul Ricketts posted in CompTIA, CompTIA A+

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To become CompTIA A+ certified, there are two exams that you must take and pass. These exams are much like any other written test you may have taken in the past. The exams each contain different types of questions that are used to validate your knowledge in specific areas. It’s difficult to say how hard the exams are, because every test-taker has a different level of IT experience, knowledge, and skills. Further, individuals may have a different way of approaching exams and a different level of anxiety about test-taking.

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Is a CEH Certification Worth It in Maryland?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 1, 2020 1:17:39 PM / by Paul Ricketts posted in CEH, EC-Council, Hacking

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EC-Council's Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) certification first launched in 2003. Since then, it has been continuously updated and is now in its 10th edition. The certification is designed to test your ability to use the knowledge and skills of malicious hackers to help organizations lawfully identify vulnerabilities within their systems before cyber-criminals can exploit them. CEH is considered a great starting point for IT technicians looking to develop computer forensic and penetration testing careers.  

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Is the Azure Fundamentals Exam Worth it in Washington, DC?

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 31, 2020 8:47:00 AM / by Paul Ricketts

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Microsoft’s cloud business is booming: According to recent data, revenue growth is up 62 percent over the previous quarter for Azure. This dovetails with the growing need for cloud-certified IT professionals: 94% percent of businesses say they’re struggling to find top cloud talent — and the challenge is growing as environments diversify across multiple cloud providers.

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What Jobs Need Network+ in Washington, DC?

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 25, 2020 8:39:00 AM / by Paul Ricketts posted in CompTIA Network+

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The Washington, DC area is a rapidly growing tech hub thanks to both federal technology investments and the increasing number of startups putting down roots and opening their door in the Dulles Technology Corridor.

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Change Careers from Health Care to IT

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 20, 2020 2:11:00 PM / by Paul Ricketts

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When you first jumped into Healthcare as a career, you loved the pay, job security, and the fact that you were helping people. But as time moves on, you're finding the demanding workload and physical demands are starting to get too much. Plus, you hear a lot of good things from your friends working in IT and cybersecurity.

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Streamlined Certification: The Value of New CCNA Training in Washington, DC

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 18, 2020 3:35:00 PM / by Paul Ricketts posted in CCNA

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Washington, DC, is now considered one of the top cites in the country to launch a technology company or grow a tech-based startup. It makes sense: Expanding government IT investment combined with the rapid expansion of the Dulles Technology Corridor makes this a hotbed of technology development — and puts certified IT professionals in high demand.

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Is CompTIA Project+ Training in Washington, DC: Worth the Cost?

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 10, 2020 3:31:00 PM / by Paul Ricketts

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Project management professionals are in demand. As noted by a recent PMI survey, corporate need for experienced and certified project managers is growing at nearly 33 percent each year — far outpacing many other skilled occupations.

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