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Discussion in 'New Members Introduction' started by edem_sosu, Jun 26, 2008.

  1. edem_sosu

    edem_sosu New Member

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    Hello everyone I have been a nurse for 10years but I have always had an interest in networking.In 2000 I took a HNC in Computing and wanted to progess to a degree but was discouraged by stories that my predecessors on the Computer science degree could not get placements for their final year.
    I now want to enter networking but as a night nurse with 10years in the NHS would like to protect my pension.
    My local college has got a Networking & Hardware Diploma is it worth doing this or should I go in the direction of A+,Nertwork+,Server+ and the CCNA and how do I get a foot in the door I am not expecting high rates of pay.
    Any advice will be welcome.
     
  2. hbroomhall

    hbroomhall Petabyte Poster Gold Member

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    Hi and welcome to CF!

    For the 'certs' I'd go for recognized ones like A+.

    As for getting a foot in the door - why don't you have a word with your IT department?

    Harry.
     
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  3. nugget
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    nugget Junior toady

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    Hi and welcome to the forum. :biggrin
     
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  4. greenbrucelee
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    greenbrucelee Zettabyte Poster

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    Hi Welcome:)
     
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  5. wagnerk
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    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

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    Hi & welcome to CF :)

    -ken
     
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  6. BosonMichael
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    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

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    I would also recommend starting with the A+.

    As far as getting on with your own IT department... it works. At my last job, a front-desk receptionist who was in school to be a tech applied internally for a level 1 tech position, and we hired her for the job.
     
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  7. craigie

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    Might be an idea to go for a higher level Cert than A+ as you already have a HNC in computing.

    Not sure on the structure of the Cisco Certs but would recommend posting over there and get some feedback.

    Oh and welcome to Cert Forums.
     
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