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Discussion in 'New Members Introduction' started by andy404, Dec 3, 2006.

  1. andy404

    andy404 New Member

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    Hi all,

    Im new to posting on this forum but have been viewing as a guest for a while now and have to say that the advice given seems to be really good. No doubt like a lot of you guys I have been into PC's for a long time and fixed them for mates and family but now I'd like to try and get into IT as a career (despite being close to 40years young as I am:wink: ) it seems that the general advice for newbies is to start with certs from Comptia like the A+ and Network+. I would also like any opions on the merits of courses such as this one http://www3.open.ac.uk/courses/bin/p12.dll?Q01D39 from the OU. Would such a qualification be of any use when trying to gain employment in the IT industry? I also realise that I will face the old Catch 22 situation that no job=no experience and no experience=no job!. However seeing some of the success stories on this site does give me hope!

    Thanks to anyone who takes the time to reply
     
  2. Boycie
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    Boycie Senior Beer Tester

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    Hi Andy,

    The diploma looks a well structured course, although after a quick comparison of the two, I would say the knowledge gained from the Comptia courses would be more useful day to day and when looking for a job.

    Hope this helps.

    Si
     
    Certifications: MCSA 2003, MCDST, A+, N+, CTT+, MCT
  3. simongrahamuk
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    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

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    Welcome to CF! :biggrin
     
  4. techtr0n1c

    techtr0n1c Bit Poster

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    WELCOME:D
     
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  5. Jakamoko
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    Jakamoko On the move again ...

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    Hi Andy, welcome to CF. Certainly don't be put off with the age thing. You can get a start in "the later years" , as I have proved myself - and I'm far from the most senior person here (no names, no pack drill !! :wink: )

    Hope we can help along the way :)
     
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  6. Bluerinse
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    Bluerinse Exabyte Poster

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    G'day young Andy.

    You have to remember that some things, like a good wine, just get better and better with age.

    Life begins at 40, I can confirm that, as my life began eleven years ago.

    Pete
     
    Certifications: C&G Electronics - MCSA (W2K) MCSE (W2K)
  7. BosonMichael
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    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

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    Welcome!
     
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    WIP: Just about everything!
  8. nXPLOSi

    nXPLOSi Terabyte Poster

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    Welcome to CF mate!
     
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  9. Raffaz

    Raffaz Kebab Lover Gold Member

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    Welcome mate :)
     
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  10. zimbo
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    zimbo Petabyte Poster

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    Hi and welcome to CF!:biggrin
     
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  11. Spice_Weasel

    Spice_Weasel Kilobyte Poster

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    Hello and welcome!

    Spice_Weasel
     
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    Weemez Kilobyte Poster

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    Hi Andy and welcome mate, i'm a sprightly 29 compaired to you :twisted: but i had the same worries but a career change is something people do at all ages nowadays because there are so many oppertunities.

    Good luck to you mate.
     
    Certifications: HNC Computing A+ N+ ICND1
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