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Discussion in 'New Members Introduction' started by Legoflamb, Sep 6, 2007.

  1. Legoflamb

    Legoflamb New Member

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    Hey there saw this forum and thought I'd sign up!

    I like to build computers and stuff and really I think my skills would be best suited to a career in IT (if I don't end up being a rock star ;))

    What do you guys think a worthwhile qualification would be to pursue this, or have you any other tips with regards to getting my foot in the door so to speak?
     
  2. greenbrucelee
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    Hi welcome

    Depends on your experience, if you want to be tech then the best entry level certs to get are the CompTIA A+ and Network +

    I would also reccomend self study buy the CompTIA A+ all in one exam guide by Mike Meyers and PC Technician street smarts by James Pyles and an old pc would help

    Good Luck with you studies and career :D
     
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  3. dominoe

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    Hi there welcome aboard, You probally wont go far wrong from doing the Comptia A+ using the Mike Meyers All In One 6th edition book to start with. Also if you can try and get some Voluntary work in computers, as you will find experience is far better than any cert
     
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  4. BosonMichael
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    I agree with what's already been said. Welcome!
     
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    nXPLOSi Terabyte Poster

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    Another vote for the Mike Meyers All in one Sixth Edition, cant recommend that book highly enough!

    Welcome to CF btw :)
     
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  6. Legoflamb

    Legoflamb New Member

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    Cool - cheers for the responses.

    I've fixed a fair few problems whether they be hardware or software for friends and I've built about 3 or 4 pc's and sold them on ebay for the hell of it.

    Would I be best at looing to a local college for those quals. or using one of these things like computeach?

    I've heard horrible thigns about computeach so obviously not them but I mean in general one of those places...
     
  7. greenbrucelee
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    Read my earlier post all you need is those books, you do not need a training provider who will take all your money, just self study that is what I am doing.

    Read and understand the cocepts then book the exam at your local test centre wether its a pearson vue or prometric does not matter
     
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  8. Legoflamb

    Legoflamb New Member

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    Ah right I see.

    College courses are nowhere near the expense of these 3k training things or whatever do they basically teach the same thing?

    I see all these microsoft accredited terms being thrown about on the internet will those books make me microsoft certified? I only ask because employers seem to love that....
     
  9. greenbrucelee
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    if you do microsoft exams and pass then you will be microsoft certified.

    CompTIA A+ will get you CompTIA certified.

    Most people will do CompTIA A+, N+ then move on to Microsoft certs as the CompTIA stuff are entry level then advanced for the Microsoft certs
     
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  10. Theprof

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    Welcome to CF! I also agree with self studies.
     
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    Hi there and welcome 8)
     
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  12. ManicMonkey

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    Self study is the way frward but dont be fooled certificates are not as important as experience :) (but they help :P)
     
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  13. UCHEEKYMONKEY
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    UCHEEKYMONKEY R.I.P - gone but never forgotten. Gold Member

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    Hello and Welcome to CF:biggrin

    Leg of Lamb (do you know mint sauce?):p

    Some good advice here, go for self study it won't break the bank and doesn't cost half as much as a CT course:biggrin
     
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  14. Legoflamb

    Legoflamb New Member

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    Thanks for all the responses you guys are dead helpful!

    I'm going to get on it and get those books - any ideas for gaining some experience?

    I did apply for a trainee IT technician job at a school which said full training given but unluckily I didn't get it - thought that would be a great mix of earning and experience all in one go :(
     
  15. greenbrucelee
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    Just keep trying.

    Maybe if you can, do some voluntary work its experience at the end of the day.
     
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  16. Bluerinse
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    G'day and welcome to CF 8)
     
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  17. GiddyG

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    Hello there... :D
     

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