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Discussion in 'A+' started by DAVID ARROWSMITH, Sep 30, 2008.

  1. DAVID ARROWSMITH

    DAVID ARROWSMITH Nibble Poster

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    just wondered how many out there had got their first position in i.t just by having the a plus alone and what kind of realistic salary you could expect ?
    regards,
    davearrow.
     
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  2. Qs

    Qs Semi-Honorary Member Gold Member

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    It's entirely dependant upon a number of factors:-

    • Experience
    • Other Relevant Qualifications
    • Location
    • Luck

    There's no pre-set salary base. If you wish to view rough salary estimates then http://www.itjobswatch.com is a good site. You can search here via qualifications (such as your A+) as well as location.

    From personal experience - I got my first I.T job with absolutely no experience nor I.T specific qualifications.

    Hope this helps. :)

    Qs
     
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  3. Arroryn
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    Arroryn we're all dooooooomed

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    I got my first job with just having the A+, but my hiring manager said she didn't give a rat's a$$ what certs I had so long as I could do the job.

    She phrased it differently of course, but the gyst is the same :)

    I started on less than 20K, but more than 17K.

    But Qs is also entirely spot on with regards to regionalisation, etc. I'm based in the West Mids.
     
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  4. BosonMichael
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    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

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    I got my first IT job without any certifications whatsoever. It can be done!
     
    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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  5. sunn

    sunn Gigabyte Poster

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    Ditto for me.
    After the first job I moved into a Junior Sys Admin, but I still didn't have any certs.
     
  6. Josiahb

    Josiahb Gigabyte Poster

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    Ditto, have only started working on the certs now after 2 years in the job.
     
    Certifications: A+, Network+, MCDST, ACA – Mac Integration 10.10
  7. Leehaa

    Leehaa Gigabyte Poster

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    Ditto (again) If you can demonstrate that you are serious about it and that you have the right kind of mind for it there will be a position somewhere out there for you!
    Infact, if you have the A+ but not much experience then that may go against you more than having no certificates as at the end of the day what's the point of a certificate without the experience (or skills) to do the job.
     
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  8. Big_nath

    Big_nath Kilobyte Poster

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    Me too. no cert or experience. I think salary depends largely on your location.
     
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  9. Metalstar

    Metalstar Kilobyte Poster

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    I am currently working as IT manager for a fairly sizeable Financial services company with no qualifications :)

    The company was split a while ago and I just made the pitch for the IT role on one side of things, fortunately I got it.

    Now they are paying for all my certifications :) A+ being the first one at the beginning of November.

    Part Luck, Part them knowing that I was competent with IT and part me asking the right questions!

    It certainly can be done!
     
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  10. Evilwheato

    Evilwheato Kilobyte Poster

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    I've just landed my first IT job with no certifications or relevant industry experience at all. Saying this, it is still my intention to complete the A+ only to know that I can do it!
     

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