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Getting back into IT after a few years out

Discussion in 'Employment & Jobs' started by Ddan, Aug 24, 2016.

  1. Ddan

    Ddan Nibble Poster

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    Hi guys I have a friend who has spend a couple of years out of IT in terms of working for a company
    and is looking to get back into IT I have advised him to getting applying for jobs and eventually he should land one as he has previous 1st line experience, is currently providing support to users in an internet cafe, and is also currently self studying a couple of certs such as a+ n+ does he have a good chance? is there anything else he should be doing to increase his chances? thanks in advance guys.
     
  2. SimonD

    SimonD Terabyte Poster Moderator

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    He has a chance, whether it's good or bad will depend on where he's looking for work (as in location) and whether people are hiring.

    I can't say he has a great chance if he lives in the Outer Hebrides but he would obviously have a better chance if he lived close to a major city.

    The fact he has previous experience will help as will certs like the A+ and N+ but don't go beyond those exams at this stage (further exams are to prove experience not gain experience).
     
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    WIP: VCP6-CMA, VCAP-DCD and Linux + (and possibly VCIX-NV).
  3. Ddan

    Ddan Nibble Poster

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    Hi simon! thanks for your response he lives in london so I take it he will have a better chance?
     
  4. SimonD

    SimonD Terabyte Poster Moderator

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    Absolutely, just as long as he realises this will be starting at something like Service Desk as Level 1 / 2 depending on his skill set.
     
    Certifications: CNA | CNE | CCNA | MCP | MCP+I | MCSE NT4 | MCSA 2003 | Security+ | MCSA:S 2003 | MCSE:S 2003 | MCTS:SCCM 2007 | MCTS:Win 7 | MCITP:EDA7 | MCITP:SA | MCITP:EA | MCTS:Hyper-V | VCP 4 | ITIL v3 Foundation | VCP 5 DCV | VCP 5 Cloud | VCP6 NV | VCP6 DCV | VCAP 5.5 DCA
    WIP: VCP6-CMA, VCAP-DCD and Linux + (and possibly VCIX-NV).
  5. Ddan

    Ddan Nibble Poster

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    His aim is 1st line support stay within 1st for a while whilst he increases his knowledge, and eventually progress to 2nd line
     
  6. SimonD

    SimonD Terabyte Poster Moderator

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    Good man, that's a good idea :)
     
    Certifications: CNA | CNE | CCNA | MCP | MCP+I | MCSE NT4 | MCSA 2003 | Security+ | MCSA:S 2003 | MCSE:S 2003 | MCTS:SCCM 2007 | MCTS:Win 7 | MCITP:EDA7 | MCITP:SA | MCITP:EA | MCTS:Hyper-V | VCP 4 | ITIL v3 Foundation | VCP 5 DCV | VCP 5 Cloud | VCP6 NV | VCP6 DCV | VCAP 5.5 DCA
    WIP: VCP6-CMA, VCAP-DCD and Linux + (and possibly VCIX-NV).
  7. Ddan

    Ddan Nibble Poster

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    thnaks for your advice simon! others please feel free to comment would love to read your opinions :)
     

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