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Discussion in 'New Members Introduction' started by Trugster, Apr 3, 2013.

  1. Trugster

    Trugster New Member

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    Hi everyone,

    I'm based in London and looking to get started in an IT career.

    I'm currently doing voluntary work as desktop support and I passed my CompTIA A+ in November.

    I'm now studying for my Comptia Network+ and I'm hoping to do the exam at the end of this month.

    After that I'm not sure which direction to take.

    This is a great site and I'm pleased to have found it.

    Thanks for reading and good luck to all of you.
     
    Certifications: CompTIA A+
    WIP: Network +
  2. rocdamike

    rocdamike Byte Poster Gold Member

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    Welcome to the forums!

    I'm from London too and also trying to get started in an IT career, so I'm quite similar to you in some respects except that I have no experience whatsoever. I actually never thought about volunteering; how have you found it?

    Are you looking to do Security+ after?
     
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    Certifications: CCNA R&S, CCENT, F5 101 Application Delivery Fundamentals, ITIL Foundation (2011), CompTIA (A+, Network+), MTA (Windows OS, Networking, HTML5)
    WIP: CCNA Security
  3. nXPLOSi

    nXPLOSi Terabyte Poster

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    Welcome to CF! :)

    Thread of Londoners so far! I started with the A+, N+ and Security+, they really gave me a good solid base on which to progress, so I do recommend that path.

    Good luck with the Network+! 8)
     
    Certifications: A+, Network+, Security+, MCSA 2003 (270, 290, 291), MCTS (640, 642), MCSA 2008
    WIP: MCSA 2012
  4. Trugster

    Trugster New Member

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    Thanks for the welcome guys!

    Volunteering is pretty good - getting actual hands on experience without the same pressure you might feel if you were in a paid position.

    I volunteer at a small charity and I'm the only tech on the premises so I'm not learning as fast as I would be in a tech support department where there were people around I could ask for help - but it's still good.

    I've thinking of doing an MTA (server admin) next (so thanks to rocdamike for the link in the offers and promotions thread!) - I think a MS certification would carry some weight and it's all stuff I could use on a daily basis.

    Security+ would make sense of course, nXPLOSi, but do you think MTA would be worth doing - all the computers and servers where I work run MS Windows?
     
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    Certifications: CompTIA A+
    WIP: Network +
  5. Jammo1987

    Jammo1987 Nibble Poster

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    Welcome to CF, good luck with the studying!
     
    Certifications: A+, Network+, MCTS (70-515), MCTS (70-516)
    WIP: MCTS (70-513)
  6. nXPLOSi

    nXPLOSi Terabyte Poster

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    MTA is another good option - and probably a better option for yourself if it fits into where you work.

    I do also agree that MS certs carry a bit more weight then the CompTIA equivalents! A+, Network+ and MTA would put you in a good position for an entry level position for sure. 8)
     
    Certifications: A+, Network+, Security+, MCSA 2003 (270, 290, 291), MCTS (640, 642), MCSA 2008
    WIP: MCSA 2012
  7. Trugster

    Trugster New Member

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    Thanks for the advice nXPLOsi.

    I'd better concentrate on the Network+ for now - no good trying to run before I can walk. :)
     
    Certifications: CompTIA A+
    WIP: Network +
  8. rocdamike

    rocdamike Byte Poster Gold Member

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    Good luck with the studying Trugster. The Network+ will be well worth it me thinks.
     
    Certifications: CCNA R&S, CCENT, F5 101 Application Delivery Fundamentals, ITIL Foundation (2011), CompTIA (A+, Network+), MTA (Windows OS, Networking, HTML5)
    WIP: CCNA Security
  9. SimonV

    SimonV Petabyte Poster Administrator

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    Welcome to CertForums, good to see you here. :)
     
    Certifications: MOS Master 2003, CompTIA A+, MCSA:M, MCSE
    WIP: Keeping CF Alive...
  10. nXPLOSi

    nXPLOSi Terabyte Poster

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    Haha, this is spot on. I think its natural to always be looking ahead, I've always done it and probably always will, can't help it!

    Good luck with the Network+, you'll be onto the MTA before you know it. 8)
     
    Certifications: A+, Network+, Security+, MCSA 2003 (270, 290, 291), MCTS (640, 642), MCSA 2008
    WIP: MCSA 2012

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