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Discussion in 'New Members Introduction' started by Arch, Mar 14, 2008.

  1. Arch

    Arch New Member


    I am new to all this but im eager to learn but i dont know where to start.
    I was going to do a CIW course with Skillstrain but cancelled because it had some bad reviews.
    I would appreciate any starting points. E.G: books, other courses, web links, just to get me going.
    Its a bit frustrating at the moment as i dont know what to do.

    Arch :(
    Certifications: none
  2. hbroomhall

    hbroomhall Petabyte Poster Gold Member

    Hi and welcome to CF!

    The first thing to decide is what career path you want to follow. You want to do web-design? Or repair PCs? Or program for a living?

    Once you know that you can decide a path.

    For example - web-design: You can home study for certs, but the best way of getting work is to get stuck in and produce a portfolio.

    Certifications: ECDL A+ Network+ i-Net+
    WIP: Server+
  3. dmarsh

    dmarsh Terabyte Poster

    You need to decide what you want to do, make a plan and then implement it. And then turn up and put the time in ! :biggrin

    The hardest thing for newbies is working out where to start, look at jobs you might like, think about what you like about computers, or maybe try a few different things until something sticks.

    If you were on a course there would be a sylabus, no reason you can't do some research and create your own sylabus or learning plan. Look at the CIW sylabus for instance or look at W3 schools or look at book reviews on amazon or read blogs, forums and tech sites.

    Between all this you should begin to grasp what you need to do to be able to get what you want.

    For instance your goal might be :-

    'To create production quality websites'

    Then you'd research that maybe decide you want to learn HTML, Javascript and CSS.

    Then you'd create a plan to learn and apply that stuff. Then implement said plan, rinse and repeat...

    If you break it down into small chunks and then smaller chunks like individual assignments or exercises then you have a better chance.

    This is what a course does for you but theres no reason you can't do it for yourself, in fact many books are like training guides and are designed to act as a fairly foolproof introduction to various subjects, then theres CBT's, local study groups and societies, theres lots of options, a training provider is not the only way, its just the most marketed way...

    Colleges do diplomas which might help if you still feel totally lost...
    Certifications: CITP, BSc, HND, SCJP, SCJD, SCWCD, SCBCD, SCEA, N+, Sec+, Proj+, Server+, Linux+, MCTS, MCPD, MCSA, MCITP, CCDH
  4. sunn

    sunn Gigabyte Poster

    Welcome to the forum... :sunny
  5. Notes_Bloke

    Notes_Bloke Terabyte Poster

    Hi & welcome to CF:D

    Certifications: 70-210, 70-215, A+,N+, Security+
  6. wizard

    wizard Petabyte Poster

    Hi there and welcome 8)
    Certifications: SIA DS Licence
    WIP: A+ 2009
  7. wagnerk
    Highly Decorated Member Award

    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

    Hi & welcome to CF, glad you joined :)

    Certifications: CITP, PGCert, BSc, HNC, LCGI, PTLLS, MCT, MCITP, MCTS, MCSE, MCSA:M, MCSA, MCDST, MCP, MTA, MCAS, MOS (Master), A+, N+, S+, ACA, VCA, etc... & 2nd Degree Black Belt
    WIP: PGDip
  8. BosonMichael
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    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

    Certifications: CISSP, MCSE+I, MCSE: Security, MCSE: Messaging, MCDST, MCDBA, MCTS, OCP, CCNP, CCDP, CCNA Security, CCNA Voice, CNE, SCSA, Security+, Linux+, Server+, Network+, A+
    WIP: Just about everything!

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