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Hello, Just about 2 Start

Discussion in 'New Members Introduction' started by Damo, Dec 10, 2006.

  1. Damo

    Damo New Member

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    Hello to everyone,

    I've been reading alot of useful info on the site for the past few hours, as I'm about to start training for an IT qualification.

    Regards
    Damo
     
  2. Alex Wright

    Alex Wright Megabyte Poster

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    Hi and welcome to CF.

    What area of IT are you looking to break into?

    Alex
     
    Certifications: 70-680 Configuring Windows 7
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  3. Damo

    Damo New Member

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    I'm looking to eventually get into networking, I've spoken with acouple of training providers they were alittle too hard sell for me to feel comfortable signing up and made everything sound way too easy like saying they place 99% of the students into jobs before they even finish there MCSE etc.

    I have been looking at the MCSE & CCNA but might start by getting A+ & Network+ study books first, after reading some good posts on the forum with people in a similar position to myself.

    Damo
     
  4. Alex Wright

    Alex Wright Megabyte Poster

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    Damo,

    I could be wrong but I'm pretty certain you need 12 months hands on experience (at least, maybe more) before attempting the MCSE.

    The A+ and N+ would be the best place to start.

    I'm sure someone with a little more knowledge than myself will be along soon to offer their advice.

    All the best.

    Alex
     
    Certifications: 70-680 Configuring Windows 7
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  5. Bluerinse
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    Bluerinse Exabyte Poster

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    The Microsoft target audience for the MCSE is people with at least a years experience with Windows *server* products. In other words, you should be working in an environment that uses say Windows 2000 server / Server 2003 products and have been actively using the technologies they encompass.

    Damo, welcome to the forum.

    IMHO you cannot go wrong if you start with the CompTIA's A+ then Net+

    By the time you have completed those exams you will be in a better position to decide where to go from there.

    Pete
     
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  6. zimbo
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    zimbo Petabyte Poster

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    I agree with bluerinse here... and take the 99% stat with a pinch of salt! No one will give a person with 0 years experience and an MCSE a job!
     
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  7. BosonMichael
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    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

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    Sure they will... an entry-level job that doesn't require the MCSE, not a network administrator job.

    Welcome to the forum, Damo!
     
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    WIP: Just about everything!
  8. Leehaa

    Leehaa Gigabyte Poster

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    Welcome!

    Wow - looks like you're raring to go! :biggrin

    As you say, A+ would be a great place to start at!

    Leah
     
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  9. Raffaz

    Raffaz Kebab Lover Gold Member

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    Welcome to CF :)
     
    Certifications: A+, MCP, MCDST, AutoCAD
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  10. Damo

    Damo New Member

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    Thanks to you all for the warm welcome and advice :)
     
  11. zimbo
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    my bad was talking about network admin job... :oops:
     
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  12. BosonMichael
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    heeheehee! :biggrin
     
    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!

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