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Complete Noob to IT qualifications, all help greatly appreciated.

Discussion in 'General CompTIA Certifications' started by BurntOut, Feb 17, 2012.

  1. BurntOut

    BurntOut New Member

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    Hi guys.

    After working for 12 years in travel and tourism, and now currently in the financial sector (it sucks) I am thinking about a complete career change. At 36 its time to get into something I have always been passionate about and would enjoy doing everyday for the forseeable future.

    Since I can remember I have always built my own PC's and help people troubleshoot there systems so I think I would have some valuable knowledge already in the courses I am looking to do. I am interested in doing CompTIA A+ and Network+, I was going to go through Home Learning College as I work Full Time so want it to be a home learning course, but after reading some awful reviews about them I am knocking that on the head.

    I read a thread on here where some where mentioning that you can do it yourself for much less than these companies charge. I would be looking any advice you all can provide ie course material, books to get etc. I am from Belfast, N Ireland, so I dont even know if I have somewhere here that do the exams at the end (just another great advantage of living in N Ireland - NOT)

    Any help you can supply would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks
     
  2. roro

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    you could start off with Mike Meyers CompTIA A+ book, has tons and tons of information in there, that is the main book I read for my A+ as well.

    Another great source is professor messor videos, all my reviews are done based on his website, Professor Messer, CompTIA A+, Network+, Security+, Microsoft Certification Training

    I am sure other people will suggest more things as well, but just to get you started, that is a couple things right there. I recently just did a career change as well, I passed my A+ last month, I just finished the N+ book and all of the video reviews, So studying on your own, I find is better for those exams at least, not sure about the rest.

    Good luck with everything
     
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  3. dmarsh

    dmarsh Terabyte Poster

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    Burn out exists in IT too, what do you do in the finance sector ?
     
    Certifications: CITP, BSc, HND, SCJP, SCJD, SCWCD, SCBCD, SCEA, N+, Sec+, Proj+, Server+, Linux+, MCTS, MCPD, MCSA, MCITP, CCDH
  4. BurntOut

    BurntOut New Member

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    Banking Consultant (Savings)

    Thanks roro for the info ;-)
     
    Last edited: Feb 23, 2012
  5. dmarsh

    dmarsh Terabyte Poster

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    Well you picked an industry that uses terms like 'death march' ;)

    Who would want to save with a retail bank with saving interest rates of 3% and inflation at 5% the real return is -2% or worse.

    I would have thought you are twiddling your thumbs...
     
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2012
    Certifications: CITP, BSc, HND, SCJP, SCJD, SCWCD, SCBCD, SCEA, N+, Sec+, Proj+, Server+, Linux+, MCTS, MCPD, MCSA, MCITP, CCDH

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