I am looking to get a desktop support or system admin job through self-study, I can only use my spare time to do my study as I am a full-time worker . Currently studying Windows Server 2012, after set up my own lab, I’ve practised how to add new roles, deploy users and computers in domain environment, apply group policies, DNS, DHCP, etc. But I am kind of stuck in the same place, I don’t know how to get myself into a higher level. I realise practise is a good way to learn, but how? I mean studying server is not like learning a programming language; you can write codes or start a project to improve your programming skills, but how to “code” while studying server administration?
You could consider the following options to gain further experience:
- Find some volunteering opportunities where you could apply your skills,
- Consider a Microsoft Certification,
- Take a class with labs at a community college,
- Find a computer enthusiast club where you can meet with others as passionate as you are.
One or more of those options should let you experiment, further your skills in that area, and give you enough experience that you can list on your résumé.
Have you tried MOOCs (massive online open courses)?
You could study free courses in the subject and that would help you gain skills to get a job.