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Discussion in 'New Members Introduction' started by Lefty, Nov 20, 2006.

  1. Lefty

    Lefty Bit Poster

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    Ello everyone.

    I am looking forward to getting to know everyone on here over the coming months and years!

    I am from oop north in England and am a postie!

    I am not working in IT at the minute but am currently studying towards CCNA as part of my Foundation Degree. After that I am looking to do the CCSP course!

    So everyone with a brain worth picking get ready!
     
    WIP: CCNA (Foundation Degree I.T)
  2. UCHEEKYMONKEY
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    UCHEEKYMONKEY R.I.P - gone but never forgotten. Gold Member

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    Greetings and Goodluck with your studies:biggrin
     
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  3. BosonMichael
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    Welcome!

    Keep in mind that certifications and education without experience will only get you so far. Best advice I can give is to start seeking out your first IT job to start building real-world experience.
     
    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+
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  4. Weemez

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    I second that but be positive all along as that first post can take a bit of time to get but don't lose focus of your goal.

    Anyway good luck and welcome to CF.:biggrin
     
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  5. wizard

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    Hi there and welcome to CF :D
     
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  6. Raffaz

    Raffaz Kebab Lover Gold Member

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    Welcome :)
     
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  7. zimbo
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    Hi and welcome to CF! :biggrin
     
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  8. Bluerinse
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    Bluerinse Exabyte Poster

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    Hi and welcome to CF.

    Actually one of our senior mods here used to be a postie, he is now a technical writer, so anything is possible.

    I agree with BBM, you need hands on experience whilst studying for IT certs, otherwise you will find yourself qualified but with no practical experience. This is not what employers are looking for, they are looking to hire people with experience *and* qualifications to back it up.

    The conundrum is how do you get an entry level job in IT without experience? This has been asked many times and I suggest that you peruse these forums and find out how others have managed to do it.

    Pete
     
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  9. nugget
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    Hi and welcome to the forum. :D



    (One of the junior mods too Pete.:oops:)
     
    Certifications: A+ | Network+ | Security+ | MCP (270,271,272,290,620) | MCDST | MCTS:Vista
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  10. Lefty

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    Thanks for your advice!

    The issue I have with getting an IT job whilst studying is that my hours of work allow me to do my degree. Tue and Thu 14:00 - 21:00. If I went into an office now I wouldn't be able to do it. So I may have to just take the risk!

    At least I will be a case study!

    Anybody any idea how much the CCSP costs as I will no doubt have to do that myself.
     
    WIP: CCNA (Foundation Degree I.T)
  11. simongrahamuk
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    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

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    From one 'northerner' to another, alreet! :biggrin
     
  12. Lefty

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    Aye! :beers2
     
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  13. nXPLOSi

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    Welcome to CF :)

    Although you dont currently have time to get that all important job for the experience, I thought my little story might be of help to yourself (and others in the same situation) in the future.

    In response to the posts of how to get into an IT job with no IT experience or certifications, I managed to do this by working my way up in my current company, its not easy but showing a keen interest in IT and helping out when necessary puts you in good sted for when they need that next IT person. The only problem is in many larger companies the roles of employees are set in stone so this is not possible.

    I'd suggest a smaller company is the best way to go, currently I run around 55-60 machines and users so its smallscale, but the experience is still there and in the time when everything is running smoothly and there are no outstanding jobs, you have free time to really look at the different aspects on the system and how each part of it works.

    There are endless supplies of smaller companies who all need an IT Admin / IT Support man, and who are also not as picky as the larger companies. Be prepared to work on a small salery, i currently earn 15K per annum but the experience is priceless.

    The other major plus, is that you can then study for your certifications while working day in day out on the bits your studying. Although at the moment I have no experience with certs and currently hold none, I am on my way to hopefully getting my A+ and then Network+, so its a real possibility for anyone who is interested in IT and has little experience, It does happen.

    Hope this helps for the future when you do start looking for that all important job.
     
    Certifications: A+, Network+, Security+, MCSA 2003 (270, 290, 291), MCTS (640, 642), MCSA 2008
    WIP: MCSA 2012
  14. Lefty

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    Thanks for that!
     
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  15. Lefty

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    Do you think schools are a good place to start? My big sis is a teacher and may be able to put a good word in for me. Still can't do it just yet but seemed as good a place as any.
     
    WIP: CCNA (Foundation Degree I.T)
  16. simongrahamuk
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    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

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    NEVER EVER Work in a school! :ohmy

    Not that I'm bitter and twisted or anything! :biggrin

    Seriously: Give it a go, it will expose you to all sorts of technologies.
     
  17. nXPLOSi

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    One of my friends actually went down that route, he was an assistant to the three teachers who actually ran the school network/systems. From the learning view its probably one of the best places to start, not only are you getting experience and being paid, you will have the teachers as your disposal so to speak.

    The down side, is having to work near all the kids! :)

    If you can get your foot in the door, its potentially a great oppotunity.
     
    Certifications: A+, Network+, Security+, MCSA 2003 (270, 290, 291), MCTS (640, 642), MCSA 2008
    WIP: MCSA 2012

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