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certificate me!

Discussion in 'New Members Introduction' started by doctorjarlingo, Aug 15, 2006.

  1. doctorjarlingo

    doctorjarlingo New Member

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    hi all,

    been having a look around the forum. a bit of background - recently got myself a PhD (in genetics :eek: :biggrin) and been working in that 'interesting' field since then. Supported myself during PhD by building and selling computers/building and supporting SOHO networks i've built (I might add here that I haven't had to do much supporting as they generally work just fine until someone tinkers with settings!). I want a career in IT having decided after all this time, i'm 28, that science and particularly government sponsored research is not for me.

    did a bit of programming at school/uni but nothing spectacular (turbo pascal lol) and no real interest in going back to it as i never really enjoyed it. PC and network building and support though is something that I do really enjoy - and I would like to do it as a career....now here's the question! What sort of training should I go for? Looked at MS, Cisco etc. and comptia a+ (8/10 on practice test online) but not sure. Advice welcomed :biggrin cheers CG
     
  2. zimbo
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    zimbo Petabyte Poster

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    Hi and Welcome to CF!:biggrin
     
    Certifications: B.Sc, MCDST & MCSA
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  3. riaz.hasan

    riaz.hasan Kilobyte Poster

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    hey! welcome to CF!

    u might want to have a look at network+ as well and later mayb mcp or mcdst...a+ -> network+ -> mcp or mcdst :)
     
    Certifications: Degree, A+, HDA, MCP(270 finally!!)
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  4. hbroomhall

    hbroomhall Petabyte Poster Gold Member

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    Hi and welcome.

    IMHO if you enjoy building stuff like this then you should start off with the A+.

    Follow it with Network+ as this is also a close match to what you are doing.

    If you have a PhD you should be right at home with the self-study route for aquiring these certs.

    Harry.
     
    Certifications: ECDL A+ Network+ i-Net+
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  5. simongrahamuk
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    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

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    Howdy! :biggrin
     
  6. fortch

    fortch Kilobyte Poster

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    Hi, and welcome to CF!

    I love seeing the older peeps strolling in -- and surely, considering your 'hobby' and your study skills, most of the entry-level certs should be fairly straightforward.

    Have a look here, it's a pinned post about Self Study.
     
    Certifications: A+,Net+,Sec+,MCSA:Sec,MCSE:Sec,mASE
  7. wizard

    wizard Petabyte Poster

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    Hi there and welcome to CF :)
     
    Certifications: SIA DS Licence
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  8. UCHEEKYMONKEY
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    UCHEEKYMONKEY R.I.P - gone but never forgotten. Gold Member

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    Hello doctorjarlingo

    Start with A+ it gives a good foundation to all the certs out there. But the word on the IT grape vine is Cisco is still highly sort after. I guess because Cisco is tried and tested unlike some of those other networks out there!
     
    Certifications: Comptia A+
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  9. PAT

    PAT Byte Poster

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    welcome to CF
     
  10. Bluerinse
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    Bluerinse Exabyte Poster

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    You have got a PhD in genetics and you are wanting to get into IT - I find that quite strange to be honest. :blink

    What is it that has made you so disillusioned with science after all the work you have clearly put in over the years. To want to start another career from scratch when you are a doctor in your existing world just blows me away.

    Anyway, welcome to the forum, I hope you find what you are soul searching for!
     
    Certifications: C&G Electronics - MCSA (W2K) MCSE (W2K)
  11. UCHEEKYMONKEY
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    UCHEEKYMONKEY R.I.P - gone but never forgotten. Gold Member

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    Good Point Pete!

    What's the real reason for changing, don't tell you have been informed that IT jobs are a easy and pay loads of money!
     
    Certifications: Comptia A+
    WIP: Comptia N+
  12. Mr.Cheeks

    Mr.Cheeks 1st ever Gold Member! Gold Member

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    He wants to become The Terminator! :borgsmile ...hehe

    btw: Welcome to CF....
     

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