I started working on computers at a very young age. Flash forward 20 years. I took a year and a half of programming courses because I wanted to get into Video Game programming. Later, when I realized I really should have gone to a specialized school for that - and the fact that I learned, straight from Nintendo, that programmers have no say so in game development - I changed majors and earned a degree in networking. At that time, Novell was king. I've been working as a tech for a casino on the Mississippi Gulf Coast for nearly seven years now. Our Director recently retired and our company brought in someone from the outside. I applied for the position but was told I didn't qualify becuase I didn't have enough management experience. In our small department of only four people, there is no manager! I see now I'll never have an opportunity to move up.
This, and other factors, have me in a frizzy and now, after all these years, I don't like coming to work any more. I haven't minded pulling cable, creating new network segments, building and installing PCs, running server backups, etc. all these years, but I certainly don't care to do this kind of work for the rest of my life.
With a small amount of programming under my belt, a networking degree, and a worthless Novell certification, I wonder what my next move should be?
If I am interested in IT Management, what courses should I take for that? Any ideas on where a top notch IT guy can get a good job right about now?
Any and all information will be greatly appreciated.