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Hello one and all, now for some help ta.

Discussion in 'New Members Introduction' started by scrumpymini, May 30, 2009.

  1. scrumpymini

    scrumpymini New Member

    Hello Steve here, My background is started of buy doing a Mechanical Engineering apprenticeship when I left school, went to the EITB and college to gain City and Guilds in Mechanical Engineering and also certificate in craftsmanship, as soon as I had completed the engineering side of my life I joined BT who I have been with for 20 years.
    Started off by fitting business lines, then moved onto fitting kilostreams modems etc, then moved onto fitting the larger equipment racks that contained various types of equipment Megastream etc.
    For the last ten years I have been planning BT's various types of equipment within it's exchanges, was SDH which then moved onto 21cn products UBB, EFM,LLU etc etc.
    Now for why I am here, I would like to move on in BT and I was hoping this would be the place to help so get ready for loads of questions.
    And can I ask my first one now please, right it has been a few years since I did any kind of exams etc, I would like to work my way to CCNA but I want to take it one step at a time ( hey I am old so I have to ) would the following be the correct order to start my courses in to help get CCNA.

    COMP TIA A+ 220-601
    COMP TIA A+ 220-602



    And then one year maybe the CCNA.

    Just want to make sure I am starting at the right point and then moving towards the correct qualifications to help keep me employed until I retire ( only 25 years to go woohoo ).

    Please feel free to shot me down in flames or help out where you can as this is my very first step on the long ladder to helping me start a new direction in my life.

    Certifications: None yet
    WIP: Genesys
  2. wagnerk
    Highly Decorated Member Award

    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

    Hi & welcome to CF :)

    Sounds like you've got a very good plan laid out already, good luck for your studies :)

    Since you're moving on up, or planning to move on up, have you thought about joining a professional association that either has links with telecoms or specialises in telecoms? The BCS has the CMA and the IET has ITP. This maybe something you'd be interested in :)

    Certifications: CITP, PGDip, BSc, HNC, LCGI, PTLLS, MCT, MCITP, MCTS, MCSE, MCSA:M, MCSA, MCDST, MCP, MTA, MCAS, MOS (Master), A+, N+, S+, ACA, VCA, etc... & 2nd Degree Black Belt
    WIP: MSc in Tech Management
  3. mcbro

    mcbro Byte Poster

    Hi Steve and welcome, i think Kens idea of joining some professional associations is a good one.
    Certifications: MCITP:EA, CCNA
  4. scrumpymini

    scrumpymini New Member

    Thanks for that guys, it never even crossed my mind about them, I have a chap in my office who is in the ITP will have a chat to him next week.

    Certifications: None yet
    WIP: Genesys
  5. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

    I've just joined the British Computer Society as a professional member. I'm hoping to upgrade to Chartered IT Professional status once I compile my evidence. I'd highly recommend them. Jim
    Certifications: BSc (Hons), HND IT, HND Computing, ITIL-F, MBCS CITP, MCP (270,290,291,293,294,298,299,410,411,412) MCTS (401,620,624,652) MCSA:Security, MCSE: Security, Security+, CPTS, VCP4, CCA (XenApp6.5), MCSA 2012, VCP5, VCP6-NV
  6. Notes_Bloke

    Notes_Bloke Terabyte Poster

    Hi & welcome to CF:D

    Certifications: 70-210, 70-215, A+,N+, Security+
  7. DaveyB1981

    DaveyB1981 Byte Poster

    Hello and welcome to CF

    As others have already said, it seems that you already have a good plan set out. Good luck with your studies!

    Jim - i've never really completely understood the benefits you get from BCS etc other than for the cv and also for networking...am i missing something? (not for one second saying that the aforementioned aren't important!)

    Certifications: CISMP, ITIL Fdn, MCDST
    WIP: the day job...
  8. Bluerinse
    Honorary Member

    Bluerinse Exabyte Poster

    Welcome to the forum! 8)
    Certifications: C&G Electronics - MCSA (W2K) MCSE (W2K)
  9. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

    Hi Davey, I joined the BCS because they are a charity organisation trying to make IT a profession that is as recognised as doctors, architects, lawyers etc. If you have enough experience you can apply for Chartered status much like a Chartered accountant. It basically means your a time served professional that is of a certain calibre.

    I personally felt I'd be doing my bit to support IT as an industry by joining. As you say there's also networking, you never know, could get well in with some top managers and get a new job :D

    Its more about giving something back in my case to be honest mate. I'm going to try and become a committee member so I can get more involved. Stuff like that goes a long way on your CV.

    Ken and DarkStar know a lot more than me about is as I'm only new.

    Certifications: BSc (Hons), HND IT, HND Computing, ITIL-F, MBCS CITP, MCP (270,290,291,293,294,298,299,410,411,412) MCTS (401,620,624,652) MCSA:Security, MCSE: Security, Security+, CPTS, VCP4, CCA (XenApp6.5), MCSA 2012, VCP5, VCP6-NV

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