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A few questions from a newbie RE: A+

Discussion in 'A+' started by Top_Banana, Jan 22, 2009.

  1. Top_Banana

    Top_Banana New Member

    Hello all,

    I've had a good read through the forum, and you all seem like a friendly bunch, so I thought I'd ask a few questions, if I may. Some of the questions may seem quite daft, but I'm just looking for a friendly steer......:D

    I'm 27, from Birmingham and have been looking at a career in IT. I have no relevant work experience. I also have very little work experiemce in any sector due to ill health. However, I am now fully fit and able to get on with my career.

    My only current IT qualification is a GCSE in IT from 1997.:oops:

    Anyhoo, here are the questions:

    1- I have the chance to do the A+ at a local uni' full time over 2 weeks. Does the course presume any prior knowledge, or is everything taught 'from scratch'?

    2- If I successfully pass the course, will that be enough to gain employment in IT support (etc)? I find it incredible that you can study for just 2 weeks and then get an IT job! How can you possibly learn everything you need to know for IT support in just 2 weeks?!

    3- I'm 27, so I'm hardly likely to get a 'trainee' job. Plus with my lack of experience, I'm really worried that I won't be able to get a job. Can you offer any advice?

    4- I plan to do the MCDST after the A+. Will this increase my employability?

    Many thanks in advance!8)
  2. Gingerdave

    Gingerdave Megabyte Poster

    Hi and welcome to the forums

    your points in order:

    1) if you have no experiance that is going to be a lot to retain as that is one week per exam with all the training, I would personally stay clear. The A+ is a really good start but not in that time frame.

    2) you might get an IT job on that but it would be deffinatly bottom of the ladder kind of thing.

    3) There is no reason why you can't bee a trainee at 27 mate. My advise ask arround everywhere to see if they will let you help out, even for free. Get some old pcs that are broken from business or ebay and fix those up (possibly even sell them on) just play with computers break 'em, fix 'em just build the experiance.

    4) The MCDST would help but it is by no means the only way of doing things, and to be honest if I saw an candidate with an A+ and 2 MCPs (there are 2 exams to make up the MCDST, each exam is one cert) without experiance I would be cautious, and would make very sure of your understanding of things before I employed you.

    Neither Certs nor experiance is the whole game in IT but experiance does carry more weight. As I said try to get some experiance and see where it goes. Everyone here as worked to get where they are, none were born with it, (although sometimes I do wonder) it sounds cheesy but true and you can be a part of it.

    Good luck.
    Certifications: A+,MCP, MCDST, VCP5 /VCP-DV 5, MCTS AD+ Net Inf 2008, MCSA 2008
    WIP: MCSA 2012
  3. Mof

    Mof Megabyte Poster

    1 ask this qustion of the uni.

    2 no qualification will guaranty you get a job, experience as well will help. Two weeks from scatch seems a bit optimistic.

    3 Once you feel confidant enough in what you can achieve try some agencie work to get more experience.
    age shouldnt come into it.

    4 concentrate on the A+ first and maybe think about self study afterwards for the MCDST.

    maybe you should think about what part of IT you want to slip into, Good luck with what ever you decide there are plenty of pros on this forum should you get stuck with your studies:D.
    WIP: C++ and A+
  4. wagnerk
    Highly Decorated Member Award

    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

    Hi & welcome, why not introduce yourself in the new members section of the forum :)

    Below are just from my point of view...

    The A+ over 2 weeks would be a "bootcamp" style, I believe previous knowledge would be strongly recommended (eg it wouldn't be for someone who has never opened a PC before). But ask your local Uni.

    You can not learn everything in 2 weeks for IT Support, the A+ gives a basic foundation level of knowledge. No cert can guarantee you a job in IT, if a degree in Computing/IT can't (which takes a minimum of 3 years, a 2 week level 2 course won't).

    I wouldn't bank on that, there are lots of people older than you who have gotten trainee/apprenticeship places on various wage levels.

    It will increase your chances, but like it's been said before, it will not guarantee you a job in IT.

    Certifications: CITP, PGCert, BSc, HNC, LCGI, PTLLS, MCT, MCITP, MCTS, MCSE, MCSA:M, MCSA, MCDST, MCP, MTA, MCAS, MOS (Master), A+, N+, S+, ACA, VCA, etc... & 2nd Degree Black Belt
    WIP: PGDip
  5. Evilwheato

    Evilwheato Kilobyte Poster

    Pretty much agree with what has been said above. The A+ is an entry level cert, but if it's for 2 weeks I guess they would be expecting a certain level of prior knowledge.

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