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Hello! A few questions....

Discussion in 'New Members Introduction' started by skynet, Jan 28, 2008.

  1. skynet

    skynet New Member

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    Hello everyone!

    Stumbled across this forum via the wonders of Google, and it's just what I was looking for!

    Been working for an independent computer retailer (building/fixing computers, printers, networks etc...) for the past 4 years and have recently decided to relocate to a better area and further my career - which brings me here! :biggrin

    I have been looking at various certifications, but have been left really confused. :blink I'd like to go further into networking, but I'm not sure if going straight into something like a CCNA would useful or whether I would be best looking at a different starting point. A+ seems like I would be getting a cert for what I can already do standing on my head, but again I not sure if it would be worthwhile?

    Thanks everyone!
     
  2. greenbrucelee
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    greenbrucelee Zettabyte Poster

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    Hi Welcome :)

    If you can do the A+ standing on your head then get it, it wont hurt and can only enhance your cv also you should do the N+ before any cisco stuff it'll give you a good grounding.
     
    Certifications: A+, N+, MCDST, Security+, 70-270
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  3. BosonJosh

    BosonJosh Gigabyte Poster

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    I agree with greenbrucelee...the A+ is always a pretty good starting point. Before heading off into something like CCNA, I'd suggest getting the A+ and the Net+ certifications to help give you a solid foundation before moving forward.
     
  4. skynet

    skynet New Member

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    Hey, thanks for the advice!

    So the N+ is the first stepping stone for Cisco certs? What sort of job opportunities would something like the N+ bring?
     
  5. greenbrucelee
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    It depends on how much actuall Network experience you have. The N+ could reinforce your knowledge or inform you of new stuff, anyhow it will prepare you for the CCNA. CCNA is a hard cert to do and people studying it must have the relevant experience before going anywhere near it.

    The A+ and N+ will get you entry level positions but with your experience you could go into 2nd/3rd line support with a view to networking. Also if you decide to do MCSA then the A+ and N+ will count towards it as electives.
     
    Certifications: A+, N+, MCDST, Security+, 70-270
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  6. Node

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    Dont waste your time with A+, If you have previous experiance with networking dont do N+ go for the CCNA!
     
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  7. UCHEEKYMONKEY
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    UCHEEKYMONKEY R.I.P - gone but never forgotten. Gold Member

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    Greetings & Welcome to Cf:sunny
     
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  8. wizard

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    Hi there and welcome to CF 8)
     
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  9. BosonMichael
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    Another vote for A+ and Network+. If you can do the A+ standing on your head, then it should go quickly for you. If you find out there's stuff on the A+ that is useful to you... then all the better, right? :)

    Keep in mind that certifications are not just to help you learn new stuff... they're to show potential employers some proof that you have the knowledge. As a result, they look good on a CV, and can give you an edge when the time comes for an employer to decide whether to put your CV in the "keep stack" or the "circular bin".
     
    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+
    WIP: Just about everything!
  10. GiddyG

    GiddyG Terabyte Poster Gold Member

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    Another vote for A+ and N+ here...

    Welcome to CF! 8)
     

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