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Hello-complete newbie here

Discussion in 'New Members Introduction' started by craigthomas75, Jun 16, 2005.

  1. craigthomas75

    craigthomas75 New Member


    I too have stumbled across this site today while looking for info on the net regarding courses etc.
    I am completely new to all this and am looking at working towards a career in I.T.
    This sector appears to be a minefield on information and I am not quite sure where I should be starting.
    I have all basic office skills (word, outlook, I.E etc) but nothing on the actual system side.
    I am thinking of enrolling on an A+ and Network+ course-is this a good starting point for me please and can anyone recommend any particular training providers etc.
    I am based in South Wales though can travel if need be,
    Any help would be much appreciated.
  2. Sarah

    Sarah Byte Poster

    Hi there,

    The A+ is a good place to start!! I would reccomend having a look initially at the CompTIA website - this will give you plently of information regarding training, testing and the options for you.


    What direction are you looking to go into when you have done certification?

    Self study and classroom based training are both good options for the A+.

  3. craigthomas75

    craigthomas75 New Member

    Sarah-I am unsure what direction to go into after completing the course but instead I have initially thought if I prefer any specific module then I could go with that and further it by doing a specific course.
    On the other hand if all goes well then I think that MCSE is a possibility-as long as I get to grips with it that is.
    Thanks for info.
  4. tripwire45
    Honorary Member

    tripwire45 Zettabyte Poster

    Greetings, Craig. Welcome to CertForums. I can't help you with specific recommendations to training providers but I did want to stop by and welcome you to our little corner of cyberspace. I imagine someone will be alone to answer your questions in a bit. In the meantime, put up your feet, relax, and enjoy the view. :D
    Certifications: A+ and Network+
  5. Tyler D

    Tyler D Gigabyte Poster

    Greetings Craig :biggrin
    Definiatly agree in the A+ being the ideal start point for your IT certs.It will provide you with a good basic knowledge of Hardware and O/S's.
    As from where to go from there only you can decide,base it on an area in which you have an interest.

    Think alot of the guys will agree that for the A+ you can go the self study route,see how you get on and then decide whether you want to continue along the self study route or invest some cash in a training provider which will provide support etc.

    Best of luck :D
    Certifications: A+,70-270
    WIP: 70-290
  6. nugget
    Honorary Member

    nugget Junior toady

    Hi and welcome to the forums mate.:D
    Certifications: A+ | Network+ | Security+ | MCP (270,271,272,290,620) | MCDST | MCTS:Vista
    WIP: MCSA, 70-622,680,685
  7. Jakamoko
    Honorary Member

    Jakamoko On the move again ...

    Hi Craig - welcome from me too. Cant argue with the above, and you'll pick loads more help and advice from the Guys the longer you're here. Enjoy :)
    Certifications: MCP, A+, Network+
    WIP: Clarity
  8. Boycie
    Honorary Member

    Boycie Senior Beer Tester

    Hi Craig,

    Welcome to CF!
    That is another vote for the A+, Network+ if you want to know more about the system side.
    I want to pursue the MCSE route too, after I have got Network+!
    Let us know what you decide. Hope you stick around :D
    Certifications: MCSA 2003, MCDST, A+, N+, CTT+, MCT
  9. AJ

    AJ Administrator Administrator

    Welcome to our place in Cyberspace :biggrin
    Certifications: MCSE, MCSA (messaging), ITIL Foundation v3
    WIP: Looking at doing ..................
  10. craigthomas75

    craigthomas75 New Member

    Thanks for help and advice so far, glad I was looking at starting in the right area anyway.
    I plan to do the A+, Network+ while still in my current job, then try to gain employment and work towards an msce from there hopefully.
    If I fail to find employment after the initial course then I will just carry on with my present job until I do the mcse.
    Does anyone think it is possible to get a job after doing the A+, Network+

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