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Advice, advice, advice............................

Discussion in 'New Members Introduction' started by Gareth Mayberry, Apr 28, 2008.

  1. Gareth Mayberry

    Gareth Mayberry New Member

    I am new here so i would like to take the time to say hello to everybody and to wish you all the best of luck in your endeavours. I am looking for a no nonsense critique of my present situation. Finding myself recently unemployed, i have decided that i want some job satisfaction and a bone fide career. So i set about looking for just that! It was then that i came across an advertisement for advent training and the prospect of a career in the I.T world. Even though i was sceptical at the time (do you want to be earning 32k in 2 years) i forwarded them my details. Since then i have had a lengthy conversation over the phone, with regard to what it is that i am looking for, qualifications, experiance and my motivation. I dont mind telling you that i have no previous experiance in the field of I.T. I also dont mind telling you that i am not naive! Advent have since been back in touch to say that they have a place set aside for me and that i have 14 days to accept or decline, pending the financial side of things. The course i have been put forward for is the Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator or MCSA. Even with all my motivation, am i handicapped before i begin due to my lack of skills? Is it worth me putting myself into thousands of pounds worth of debt only to discover that i am woefully ill equiped from the outset. I was assured that any assistance i needed during the 2 year study would be on hand. Are Advent reputable or once they have my money will i be left to fend for myself? With this in mind would i be better of doing an Open University course instead? I am serious about a cereer in I.T, but as you can all appreciate i need to make the right decision for myself from the outset. Thanks in advance to those of you who will take the time to offer me your knowledge with regard to my many queries.
  2. greenbrucelee
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    greenbrucelee Zettabyte Poster

    Hi Welcome :)

    First of all a company like advent will say anything to get you to give them your cash.

    Second you should not be doing the MCSA unless you have being doing Network administration for atleast 6 months (this is what Microsoft recommend)

    Third Unless you are really really really lucky you will not be earning a million dollars in 2 years

    fourth it is upto you if you spend your cash with advent, most companies like advent take your cash then give you some books and tell you to read them plus they may or may not have some practicle workshop lessons. You could do all that by self study and save yourself thousands.

    If you have no experience in IT you should be starting of with compTIA A+ and N+ then the MCDST those certs can be done without experience in a job but some experience would help. Get yourself an old PC to mess with and a copy of compTIA A+ all in one exam guide 6th edition by MIke Meyers and PC Technician street smarts by James Pyles.

    Good luck.
    Certifications: A+, N+, MCDST, Security+, 70-270
    WIP: 70-620 or 70-680?
  3. Sparky
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    Sparky Zettabyte Poster Moderator

    First of all it is worth mentioning that many training providers are companies (not a university or a college) so they want to sell you something and are not too bothered if you are the right candidate to take the MCSA or not.

    As GBL has said start out with the A+\Network+ and buy some suitable books. This will give you a good start in IT certification and also give you an idea if IT is for you or not.

    Best of luck! :thumbleft
    Certifications: MSc MCSE MCSA:M MCSA:S MCITP:EA MCTS(x5) Security+ Network+ A+
    WIP: Exchange 2007\2010
  4. Gareth Mayberry

    Gareth Mayberry New Member

    Hi. It is as i had feared. Not a problem, i came for sound advice and i have it!
    I can enrol in a local college to study compTIA A+ and N+ before i worry about any other certifications or qualifications? Catch you all later.
  5. Notes_Bloke

    Notes_Bloke Terabyte Poster

    Hi & welcome to CF :D

    Certifications: 70-210, 70-215, A+,N+, Security+
  6. BosonMichael
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    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

    You can self-study for the A+ and Network+, if you want. That's what many of us did, here - you don't need a training course to get certified. If you feel you simply MUST attend a training course, a local college is usually the way to go.
    Certifications: CISSP, MCSE+I, MCSE: Security, MCSE: Messaging, MCDST, MCDBA, MCTS, OCP, CCNP, CCDP, CCNA Security, CCNA Voice, CNE, SCSA, Security+, Linux+, Server+, Network+, A+
    WIP: Just about everything!
  7. nugget
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    nugget Junior toady

    Hi and welcome to the forums. :biggrin
    Certifications: A+ | Network+ | Security+ | MCP (270,271,272,290,620) | MCDST | MCTS:Vista
    WIP: MCSA, 70-622,680,685
  8. sunn

    sunn Gigabyte Poster

    Welcome to the forums...

    The advice mentioned above is sound and like BM said, self-study is a strong option. To add another point, since you're new to IT, self-study can give you an insight before comitting a lot of money. As well as giving you a good base before taking the class.

    Good luck...

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