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Help And advice needed please.

Discussion in 'Training & Development' started by l_e_e, Nov 14, 2006.

  1. l_e_e

    l_e_e New Member

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    Hello my Name is Lee, i want to continue my carrer in I.T
    I'll just start with a little about my I.T experience.
    I'v been building P.C's on a hobbie level ever since the days of the old Intel 486DX processor! The only I.T industry experience i have is 1st line Laptop&Desktop telephone support (nearly 4 years). I also repaired Laptops which involved striping them to replace motherboards and lcd screens ect. I dont have much network experience, i just about know how to ping a network card.
    I'm thinking about home study, i dont really want to spend the asking price of about 4k for a A+ and MCSE with computeach.
    I think i'v decided to go at it alone. Oh i'm unemployed at the moment. My last job was working for NTL:Telewest as a cable engineer, and 3 years before that was the I.T job Mentioned.
    Should i start with the A+ then the Network +?
    Brearing in mind of my level of experience, i'm not sure wether i need to do the A+. Therefore maybe a waste of money?
    Like i said i'm unemployed at the moment and need to get back into I.T, but i'm not sure of which part of the I.T industry i want to get back into? To be honest 1st line support i found to be soul destroying, but with remote access now looking likely to be the norm things might not be so bad? One thing i know is that i love working with my hands, and enjoy building pcs.
    Prehaps 1st line and 2nd line support? Anyways the important thing is should i pass on the A+ and go for the network+ instead?
    Many thanks for all the advice in advance!
    Regards
    Lee Thornton
     
  2. zimbo
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    zimbo Petabyte Poster

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    Hi and welcome to CF! :biggrin

    IMO i think you should go for N+ then decide between Microsoft certs and Cisco.... A+ i think would be a waste of time and money cause the exams are expensive!

    This is assuming you have the knowledge an A+ tech does.... like build a pc, hardware upgrades and installations and OS troubleshooting
     
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  3. l_e_e

    l_e_e New Member

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    Thanks for that. what i would like to do carrer wise, would be to work for a company in-house maintaining the network. If i go for the network + i'm not sure wether my level of os trouble shooting skills are enough?
     
  4. fortch

    fortch Kilobyte Poster

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    To be honest, in today's world, I would try the A+ first. I did, and my experience at that time was much the same. To me, I wanted to get my exam-feet wet on a subject I knew. Plus, since my knowledge was very high at that time, it didn't take much studying, and my labwork was all the PC's I built for friends, relatives, and myself. I bought one study guide -- probably a Mike Meyers, read it in about 2 weeks casually, and took the tests. Now, it was version #1, because it was years ago, but still helped to build my confidence level. Sure, CompTIA exams are almost twice the M$ ones, but it's something you can tag onto your name, in the least amount of time, and may get you to an interview.

    Self-study? Absolutely. you can do it. Search for the SS thread, which is loaded with great info. My general rule of thumb was 1 large book per exam, and a smaller one for bulletpoints (ExamCram2). Also, I had Minasi's 2000 Server bible, and his 2003 is just as good. To top it off, I invested in CBTNuggets, which is CD-based video training, and at the time it was $330 for the MCSE2k course. To me, without any professional training, it was invaluable. For my next endeavors, I'm going with TrainSignal, another CD training outfit. Since I wasn't employed in IT, and really didn't know what to do, seeing it done and then doing it in my lab environment was excellent for me.

    My .02 -- good luck!
     
    Certifications: A+,Net+,Sec+,MCSA:Sec,MCSE:Sec,mASE
  5. Mr.Cheeks

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    mate - i think the best thing to do is to go to the comptia site and download both objectives for A+ and N+. If you feel that you know everything on A+ then go with N+ or at least 80% worth...
     
  6. l_e_e

    l_e_e New Member

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    Thanks for your views. I'v just looked at whats covered in the A+, i think if i'm honest i prob know about 65-70%? i dont think it would do me any harm in brushing up on diagnosing/troubleshooting stuff, plus any knowledge about networking?
    I'v found what seems like a brandnew A+ book on amazon... wont this book be more uptodate than the meyers book which is 3 years old?

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/CompTIA-+-C...047004831X/ref=pd_sbs_b_1/202-3018910-7523831

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/CompTIA-+-E...ef=sr_1_2/202-3018910-7523831?ie=UTF8&s=books

    could you take a look at these 2 books....they seem the same? but 1 hardback and the other paperback?
    What do you think of the books?
     
  7. BosonMichael
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    If I were starting my career from scratch, I'd get the A+. Consider it an investment in your career. It shows potential employers that you can perform those tasks at a benchmark level. Additionally, the A+ is recommended for entry-level folks; the Network+ certification is recommended for individuals with 9 months of networking experience.
     
    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+
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  8. l_e_e

    l_e_e New Member

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    Thankyou Micheal, thats a very good point.

    Lee
     

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