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Another new user introduction

Discussion in 'New Members Introduction' started by FredL, Apr 27, 2009.

  1. FredL

    FredL New Member

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    Hello all!
    I found this forum after googling about a bit, and I'm quite unsure of what to do next.

    So far, I have 11 years experience working in the IT industry. I'm a break/fix technician having worked primarily on hardware and Microsoft operating systems. Working as a field service engineer, replacing hardware on laptops, desktops and servers has been fun, but now I'm looking to expand my horizon.

    About 6 months ago, I quit my job in Norway, and moved to the UK. I've been checking out different job sites and it seems I don't quite fit the criteria many employers are looking for. So I figured seeing I don't have a job at the moment I should work on getting some certifications. Problem is, I have no idea what direction to go. I've contacted CompuTrain to see what they can offer. And after reading a few posts here on the forum, I'm not sure that's the way to go either.

    I would like to get a MCSE certification, but I don't have the suggested pre-requisite of having worked with user management and active directory in a 250+ user environment. And it seems I won't be able to get that experience because employers wants people who already have certifications so they don't have to train new staff.

    It's a bit of a conundrum what I should do next. Self-study might take a long time, and I'm not sure I'd find employment while getting my self certified. Going for a training company seems like a good solution for me, but it also seems very fast paced, possibly also with a high fail percentage.

    Anywho, that's me. Any suggestions or advise would be greatly appreciated. ;)

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    Fred
     
    Certifications: None
    WIP: Undecided
  2. wagnerk
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    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

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    Hi & welcome to CF :)

    Judging by your experience, why not go for the MCDST, MCSA, MCTS in Vista, the A+ & the Network+, to point you in the right direction.

    -Ken
     
    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
  3. greenbrucelee
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    greenbrucelee Zettabyte Poster

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    I would agree with Ken on what path to follow.

    If you get those certs I'm sure it would only be a matter of time until you were in a position to take the MCSE exams.
     
    Certifications: A+, N+, MCDST, Security+, 70-270
    WIP: 70-620 or 70-680?
  4. FredL

    FredL New Member

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    Sorry it's taken me a while to get back to this thread!
    Thanks so much for your kind reply. I think your suggestion is great, and I would like to start with the MCDST certification.
    However, I was wondering if anyone could tell me a little about the process to achieve the certification? Do I simply order some books and sign up to take the exams somewhere? :-p

    Pardon my ignorance! :)

    Regards,
    Fred
     
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  5. FredL

    FredL New Member

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    Search, and you shall find. Sorry guys, I just found the MCDST forum and this thread answering my questions. Off to do some reading. ;)

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    Certifications: None
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  6. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    We've discussed just about everything so the search is very handy :D

    Welcome :biggrin
     
    Certifications: BSc (Hons), HND IT, HND Computing, ITIL-F, MBCS CITP, MCP (270,290,291,293,294,298,299,410,411,412) MCTS (401,620,624,652) MCSA:Security, MCSE: Security, Security+, CPTS, VCP4, CCA (XenApp6.5), MCSA 2012, VCP5, VCP6-NV
  7. nugget
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    nugget Junior toady

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    I didn't get to say hi the first time around, so hi and welcome to the forum. :biggrin

    I hope you find the information helpful.
     
    Certifications: A+ | Network+ | Security+ | MCP (270,271,272,290,620) | MCDST | MCTS:Vista
    WIP: MCSA, 70-622,680,685

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