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Discussion in 'MCDST' started by Cuhulainn, Jan 2, 2009.

  1. Cuhulainn

    Cuhulainn New Member

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    Hi to this excellent forum.

    I am an experienced Technician, having spent the best part of 13yrs, in various roles & companies, providing
    Hardware & Software support. But now, what with the credit crunch & the reduced hours my employer has forced me into, I am looking for to further my career, but almost all HR/Agencies I speak to, are looking for
    qualifications, I don't possess because I've been working all the time & never had a the time nor in-company
    training to aquire those relevant qualifications. Such as A+ N+ MCP MCDST MCSE etc..

    I am currently studying MCDST 70-271. A tedious read, & majority of it I already know.

    I look forward to your comments & help, should the need arise. Is this the right thing todo? I believe I am
    right in saying that this is building-block qualification, that I could move to MCP or MCSE relatively easier, than taking those from the start?

    Cuhulainn
     
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  2. kevicho

    kevicho Gigabyte Poster

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    Good luck and welcome

    Dont be too harsh on the material, a lot you will know, but I was working in IT for 9 years before i did any certifications and I learned a few new things, but the experience you alredy have will speed up your progress.

    Good luck in finding a new role.
     
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  3. UKDarkstar
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    UKDarkstar Terabyte Poster

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    Hi and welcome to the forums.

    From the sounds of it you have quite a good support background (similar to myself) and yes, it is frustrating when recruiters don't seem to value experience over certs.

    You may want to consider (depending on your in-depth experience) whether you need to look at A+ and N+. If your knowledge is sufficient then I would suggest perhaps starting straight on the MCSE. If you want to follow a helpdesk type route then the MSDST may be appropriate but if you are not thinking of those roles so much then the 70-270 exam from the MCSE route would probably cover what you need (note this is on Xp, there is a Vista equivalent). By opting for this route instead you could obtain the MCSA first although even a single pass would give you MCP status.

    Other things to consider are :

    a) ITIL Foundation

    b) Join the British Computer Society

    Not sure whether you're UK based but the above is the route I would follow and also don't forget to list on your CV any significant courses you have attended over the years whether vendor specific or not.

    HTH
     
    Certifications: BA (Hons), MBCS, CITP, MInstLM, ITIL v3 Fdn, PTLLS, CELTA
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  4. wagnerk
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    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

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    If you sit the MCDST or even half the MCDST (eg the 70-271), you'll get the MCP credential anyway. With the MCDST it's an elective for the MCSA anyway and it's a "easier" route to get you in the mind frame of taking MS exams.

    Everyone has to start somewhere and your path is ok :)

    Like UKD already said, look at ITIL and look into joining a professional association like the BCS.

    Other certs to look into would be: Project+ / Prince2 / Intro to Project Management

    and if the BCS doesn't suit you, the only other Professional Organisation that I would recommend is the IET.

    -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
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  5. Cuhulainn

    Cuhulainn New Member

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    Thank you all for the welcome, & much appreciate your comments & advice.
     
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  6. StormTHX

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    "b) Join the British Computer Society"

    Great information in this post. Does anyone know of an equal to the BCS in the States?

    THX
     
    Certifications: MCDST, MCP (210), A+, ITIL Foundations
    WIP: Taking a break then onto MCSE
  7. Dexter

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    Apologies is this is a dumb question but if you have A+, N+ and MCDST does that mean you already have half the MCSA then??
     
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  8. BosonMichael
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    No... you'd only have the one elective done. The A+ and Network+ can be used for the elective, OR you can use the MCDST for the elective. You'd still need a client exam and two server exams: link
     
    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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  9. Gingerdave

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    I believe either the A+ and N+ or an MCDST cover your elective part for the MCSA.

    Cuhulainn I have just sat the exam you are studying and like you have experiance (though not as much as you) and I ended up putting off that exam for about 4 months because it bored me that much. Dont let that happen to you and push on through it to that first MCP, I'm sure it will be the first of many!
     
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  10. wagnerk
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    The only thing I know is that the BCS has an agreement with the NPA in the US. That if you hold the CITP status with the BCS, you can gain CNP status with the NPA (see here).

    Hope this helps :)

    -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
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  11. Alex Wright

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    Welcome to CF's, glad you joined. :)
     
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  12. StormTHX

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    NPA? I never knew it existed. Find out so much useful information from this site.

    Thanks for the reply Ken!
     
    Certifications: MCDST, MCP (210), A+, ITIL Foundations
    WIP: Taking a break then onto MCSE

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