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Hello, thinking of getting in ti I.T.

Discussion in 'New Members Introduction' started by dazzlerby, Mar 27, 2009.

  1. dazzlerby

    dazzlerby New Member

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    As the title says, i want to get in to it, have just had a "training advisor" from advent come round & offer me an MCSE course for 5K!!! i have looked up how much it would be to self teach and i get it to under a grand......after reading some stuff on here i have decided to self teach as i'm on a tight budget & haven't got 5 grand in the bank. Anyone think i'm doing the right/wring thing? Would really appreciate any advice as i'm stuck in a dead end job & sick of it. Sorry for starting a new thread but there's loads of new ones & i couldn't find one to suit.

    Cheers in advance

    Daz.
     
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  2. Pheonicks56

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    Howdy and welcome to CF,

    What is your background experience in IT, have you built a computer, are a novice, or amateur?

    I would suggest you get yourself a copy of Mike Meyers AIO A+ and start self studying away for the CompTIA A+ exam which requires you to pass two exams the 601 A+ Essentials and one of 602/603/604, I recommend doing the 602 IT technician. This will take you from a complete n00b to an expert on the basics of computer technician. Along with this I recommend checking out Proprofs.com for practice exams to let you know about where you are in comprehension of the material, along with professormesser.com for free training videos on A+, and if you have iTunes get the Mr. Ford's Class podcasts which are the same thing as the Mike Meyers stuff but in audio format and free. This should give you enough material to pass the exam and actually know what you are doing inside a computer. I also recommend having a computer that you don't mind taking down to a bare case and rebuilding so you get a full understanding of how it all works. After you get your A+ knocked out you can look to doing the Network+ and then the MCDST.
     
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  3. dazzlerby

    dazzlerby New Member

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    I have a very good basic knowledge of xp & vista, have no problems building pc's & have had my own pc(s) for about 5-6 yrs. I can install & configure xp & vista, & set up small (home) networks. Have successfully removed viruses from xp windows folders. I don't have any experience with servers or working in IT although i use microsoft office 2003 daily at work. I just need to know where to start maybe advice later on when i get stuck in!! Again, thanks a lot,

    Daz.
     
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  4. Pheonicks56

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    You should definitely avoid going for the MCSE at this point, it will only hinder you when looking for a job. I would do self study for the A+, and then start volunteering at a local charity to get some hands on experience. Do you mind taking the computer you have apart and putting it back together? If not ask friends if they have old busted PCs you can have to fix up or look at a bargain second hand store for a cheapo pentium III or something. Once again good luck.
     
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  5. wagnerk
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    I agree, I would strongly recommend going for the A+, Network+, the MCDST, MCTS in Vista & the MCAS in Vista (this one not being technical, but a power user cert - a good cert to ease you in).

    Don't get suckered in to part with 5k to do a high level professional cert when they should reflect your job role/responsiblities, besides:

    -Ken
     
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  6. drum_dude

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    Great advice from the guys here Daz. And yes, I think you're doing the right thing!
     
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  7. Riaz

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    welcome to CF!
     
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  8. Notes_Bloke

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    Hi & welcome to CF:D

    NB
     
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  9. dazzlerby

    dazzlerby New Member

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    Cheers for the help & welcome guys, I'm gona start on the A+ first i think then take it from there, getting mike meyers book off ebay as i type......
     
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  10. BosonMichael
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    Good advice already given. Welcome to the forums!
     
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  11. nugget
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    Hi and welcome to the forum. :biggrin
     
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  12. Qs

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    Hello and welcome to the forums! :)

    Qs
     
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  13. Fergal1982

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    make sure the book you get off ebay is for the *current* objectives.
     
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  14. Metalstar

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    How do. Welcome to CF!
     
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  15. Ropenfold

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    Cheers for the pointers for the free audio podcasts, I've always wanted something like that to use :biggrin
     
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  16. dazzlerby

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    hmmmmmmmm.......i am having a bit of trouble choosing the right book now, there are sooo many to choose from, is there one that covers 220-601 & 220-602? or do you have to get 2 books? help!
     
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  17. Fergal1982

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    I couldnt really say I'm afraid. Dont tend to keep up with the A+ objectives any more. Sure someone with the knowledge will come along. Standard advice is to get a combination of Mike Meyers AIO, and PC Technician Street Smarts (Written by our Resident writer (and admin) Tripwire (James Pyles)).

    What I meant though, was that the objectives change every couple of years. So a book for the 2003 objectives isnt current. Dont be tempted to get the 2003 copy because its cheaper than the 2009 version.
     
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  18. greenbrucelee
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    What he said ^ the 2003 objectives were retired 2-3 years ago and now the current ones are being retired.

    THe A+ changes to the 2009 objectives at the end of July if you want to get it out of the way before it changes then get, compTIA A+ all in one exam guide 6th edition by Mike Meyers and PC Technician street smarts by James Pyles.

    If you are going to do the two exams after JUly then get the AIO 7th edition and PC Technician street Smarts.

    Bare in mind that the AIO book covers all of the exams but they all overlap each other anyway so do not make the mistake of reading sections of it. Just read the whole book.
     
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  19. smoggy333

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    Welcome to CF !
     
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