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First Step - Advice Please

Discussion in 'General Microsoft Certifications' started by Gazz1981, Feb 25, 2008.

  1. Gazz1981

    Gazz1981 New Member

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    Hi everybody, new member here.

    I was wondering if anyone could give me some pointer on where to get started, I already have an HND in computing (although no work experience) and was thinking of going for the MCDST as i have seen several employers asking for it. Is this a good qualifaction to start with or is there a better starting point.

    Any advice/suggestions would be greatly appreciated, thanks.
     
    Certifications: HND Computing
    WIP: A+
  2. greenbrucelee
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    greenbrucelee Zettabyte Poster

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    Hi Gaz

    I also have a HND in computing and no experience. I would recommend that you do A+ the N+ then the MCDST even though the A+ and N+ may go over somethings you have already learned they will also teach you things you haven't.

    And if you decide to go for the MCSA in the future the A+ and N+ counts towards one of the electives for it.

    To do the A+ I recommend getting compTIA A+ all in one exam guide 6th edition by Mike Meyers and PC Technician street smarts by James Pyles. An old PC woulf help too.

    There is no need to do a course, just get the books practice & learn the concepts then take the exams.

    The A+ and N+ will set you up nicely for the MCDST.

    Welcome to CF :)
     
    Certifications: A+, N+, MCDST, Security+, 70-270
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  3. BosonJosh

    BosonJosh Gigabyte Poster

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    Welcome to the forums!
     
  4. sunn

    sunn Gigabyte Poster

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    Welcome to the forums...
    I agree with GBL’s comments above.
    Unless you are in a unique position and are adequately prepared for the MCDST, go for the A+ route first.
     
  5. grizz3210

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    Hi and welcome

    I agree 100% with GBL and SUNN on this one.
    I am studying the MCDST at the moment and having done the A+ and network+ is helping me out no end.
    good luck with what you chose to do:thumbleft
     
    Certifications: A+ N+ MCTS-vista
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  6. onoski

    onoski Terabyte Poster

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    Welcome to CF:)
     
    Certifications: MCSE: 2003, MCSA: 2003 Messaging, MCP, HNC BIT, ITIL Fdn V3, SDI Fdn, VCP 4 & VCP 5
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  7. GiddyG

    GiddyG Terabyte Poster Gold Member

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    Spot on! Give that man a rep! 8)
     
  8. hbroomhall

    hbroomhall Petabyte Poster Gold Member

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    Hi and welcome to CF!

    Harry.
     
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  9. BosonMichael
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    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

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    Welcome!
     
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  10. Gazz1981

    Gazz1981 New Member

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    Thanks for the advice guys, looks like A+ is the way to go then.

    Thanks again.
     
    Certifications: HND Computing
    WIP: A+
  11. Bluerinse
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    Welcome to CF 8)
     
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  12. Modey

    Modey Terabyte Poster

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    The A+ and N+ would certainly help, but the MCDST is effectively an entry level cert and could be tackled with little prior experience. In my opinion of course. :)
     
    Certifications: A+, N+, MCP, MCDST, MCSA 2K3, MCTS, MOS, MTA, MCT, MCITP:EDST7, MCSA W7, Citrix CCA, ITIL Foundation
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