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Discussion in 'New Members Introduction' started by Big.O.UK, Jul 18, 2006.

  1. Big.O.UK

    Big.O.UK Bit Poster

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    hi just discovered CF and i find it to be a very informative and helpfull forum.

    i am 25 years old and a BSc Graduate in Software Development Applications which was a Top up year i did over my HND
    Software Engineering.
    i have been out of work for 3 years but this is due to some set backs that i had in life that prevented me from seeking employment however i now feel that i am ready to once again persue a career in IT however i have the following problems

    1.because of being out of IT for a number of years i feel that i have been left behind and my current knowledge is outdated.

    2.i have no commerical experiance whatsover however at the moment im trying to land a unpaid job shadowing a Network Technician hopefully to get some hands on experiance

    i have been applying for entry level jobs so far and i will see what happens


    i am just wondering what sort of advice you all can give me?
    do you think i should start at the begining get my A+, N+ and from there go into a MS cert or CCNA cert depending what i prefer?

    i was about to take a CERCO course however i changed my mind since 4.5k i think is an execisve amount of money to give to a training providers that offered certs that can easily be achieved through self study not to mention saving a huge amount of money.
     
    Certifications: BSc SDA,HND SWENG
  2. Mr.Cheeks

    Mr.Cheeks 1st ever Gold Member! Gold Member

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    hi mate - welcome to CF...

    Dont know whether this is dajavue but im sure i have read this post or very similar to it before :blink
     
  3. hbroomhall

    hbroomhall Petabyte Poster Gold Member

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    Hi and welcome!

    Harry.
     
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  4. wizard

    wizard Petabyte Poster

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    Hi there and welcome to CF :)
     
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  5. simongrahamuk
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    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

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    Welcome to CF! :biggrin

    As for advise, I'd say that its always important to start at the beginning. :biggrin
     
  6. Big.O.UK

    Big.O.UK Bit Poster

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    hi so simon you reckon i should get the A+ then? and follow up from there
     
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  7. simongrahamuk
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    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

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    Normally, to someone completely new to the industry the A+ is the first place that I would advise them to look, however, you already have a few MCP's and a degree in IT, so I'm assuming that you are already fairly clued up on how a computer works, and what to do with it.

    However, as you already have this experience something such as the A+ should not be too difficult, and would be a great starting point.

    Many employers may see that you have a degree, but this backed up with the rights certs could help to land you a far better position than if you simply had the certs or the degree. What is imporatnt in IT these days (esp. in the lower end jobs) is the ability to show a broad range of skills rather than specialisms.

    8)
     
  8. Big.O.UK

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    cheers Simon i think ill do the A+ and N+ after i get out of hospital since i have a very keen intrest in Networking and hopefully follow it up by a CCNA

    in your opinion do you think its feasible to study CCNA at home by building your own labs buying routers etc

    i heard that CISCO routers are very expensive

    regards
     
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  9. The_Geek

    The_Geek Megabyte Poster

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    Nice, I'm signing up now.
     
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  10. simongrahamuk
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    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

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    Ooops! Sorry Big.O.uk,

    I tried merging your post with your intro post, and I guess I went a bit wrong somewhere! :oops:

    Erm.....Admins.....Help! :oops:
     
  11. hbroomhall

    hbroomhall Petabyte Poster Gold Member

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    Er - this thread is 3 years old! Did something glitch in the forums?

    Harry.
     
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  12. simongrahamuk
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    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

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    See previous post harry, I dont think it was the forums that glitched. :oops:
     
  13. Jakamoko
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    Jakamoko On the move again ...

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    Thread fixed !! Welcome to CF, Big.O.UK - good luck with your chosen path :)
     
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  14. zimbo
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    Hi and Welcome to CF! :biggrin
     
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  15. Big.O.UK

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    do you think its possible to do the CCNA with a home built lab
    by buying routers and switches secondhand or would it be a better idea to do it in a College?

    i seen CISCO routers retail for around £700 :eek:
    i heard aswell you can rent racks from some companies however i dont know how much lab time i would need to get a grasp of things so it may workout expensive
     
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  16. wizard

    wizard Petabyte Poster

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    Yes it is, search on ebay for kit. :)
     
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  17. Big.O.UK

    Big.O.UK Bit Poster

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    thanks alot mate ill have a look
     
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  18. Big.O.UK

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    just a quickie what PC specs do you think i should get if i want to setup my own home labs for A+ N+ and maybe CCNA?

    PII,PIII or early P4s? something that can handle various operating systems above minimal hardware requirements?
     
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  19. hbroomhall

    hbroomhall Petabyte Poster Gold Member

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    Have a look here where you last asked this question, and got some answers!

    Harry.
     
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  20. simongrahamuk
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    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

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    Didn't you post something simillar here?

    Please try not to duplicate post, it really p1sses people off! :p


    EDIT: Christ Harry's fast! :biggrin
     

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