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Help - some advice needed

Discussion in 'New Members Introduction' started by Million, Sep 1, 2008.

  1. Million

    Million New Member

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    Hi, im new to the forum, and ive read quite a bit, i was wondering if any 1 out there could give me a little advice.
    I have a degree in computer science from back in 2000.

    i never really entered the IT sector as at the time i was running a business, so when i graduated i more or less just carried on with with my business, and besides in the rural area i was living at the time, there was no IT work, i more or less just did the degree for academic reasons.

    Now im 36 and fancey getting a job in IT after years of doing other stuff.

    I would like to go down the route of either networking or network security and was wondering what Cert would be good for me to start with. saying this, any IT role would be good to start with.

    I am fimilair with networks, servers, databases, firewalls ect, and can also to a certain extent understand code, altho i havnt written any since my days at uni.

    I would be very happy to teach myself for these exams at home.

    so if any 1 has any advice please let me know

    thanks in advance
    m
     
  2. wizard

    wizard Petabyte Poster

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    Hi there and welcome :D

    Your best route would be to start with the CompTIA Certificates A+ then the N+

    Here is a link to their website:

    http://certification.comptia.org/
     
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  3. greenbrucelee
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    Hi Welcome

    Yes start with the A+ and N+ then MCDST as your first certs and don't go any further untill you have appropriate experience.
     
    Certifications: A+, N+, MCDST, Security+, 70-270
    WIP: 70-620 or 70-680?
  4. Million

    Million New Member

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    Excellent, and thanks for the advice, my next question is this.

    Im assuming that i buy the Test directly from comptia?

    Are there any 1 else who sells these test, or are comptia the cheapest method?

    Are these recognised Quals for this area?

    Thanks again in advance
     
  5. Naive

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    ComTIA A+ / N+ are a vendor neutral, so they are recognised everywhere. You'd basically need to buy the study material relating to the exam and then book your exam at your nearest test centre. For more information have a look here for the A+ and here for the N+

    Also I think you are eleigible for discount in your vouchers which I'm sure GBL will know about :thumbleft
     
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  6. greenbrucelee
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    You pay either pearsonvue or prometric for the 2 exams for the A+ and take the tests at one of their test centres you will find your nearest one on their websites.

    If you pay those companies directly you pay £111 + vat per exam however you can buy discount vouchers from www.gracetechsolotions.com and select international vouchers you pay £107 per exam with no VAT to pay. When you recieve the voucher codes you book your exams through pearsonvue or prometric and instead of using your credit card you use the voucher codes.

    you end up saving about £52 :)
     
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  7. simongrahamuk
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    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

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    If you're looking to just start out you will have to start at the bottom of the ladder. you're unlikely to get a position in network security unless you can prove that you know the essentials first. you may already know a lot of the stuff, but without actual employment experience to back it up no one will take you seriously.

    In terms of employment positions start looking for roles which will let you get a whole load of experience on a whole load of areas, i.e. IT Support technician. From my experience you are more likely to get that level of exposure in a smaller sized company, or perhaps a school.

    In terms of bits of paper, again, start at the bottom. Look at the Comptia A+ / Network+, and/or the MCDST certs. You may find them fairly basic and straight forward if you already know your stuff, but that simply means you should be able to pick them up without too much effort, allowing you to gain employment and start developing your skills at a higher level.

    8)
     
  8. Notes_Bloke

    Notes_Bloke Terabyte Poster

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    Hi & welcome to CF:D

    NB
     
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  9. wagnerk
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    Hi & welcome to CF :)

    -Ken
     
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  10. BosonMichael
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    Exactly this. :) Can't add much more to that, except to welcome you to the forums!
     
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  11. jimmy_2k

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    Schools are a good way to start thats where I did, though if not and you can get to a city you could go the Service/Helpdesk route to get a feel for the industry and get reconised within the business.
     
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  12. SuPaStA

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    I would say do the network+ course and then start on your ccna.As you want to do networking the A+ course would be a waste of time, also considering you have pc experience/qualifications already.
     
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  13. rax

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    Welcome to the forum
     
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  14. BosonMichael
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    The CCNA's not gonna do you any good without first getting real-world experience, mate.
     
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    WIP: Just about everything!
  15. Bluerinse
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    Welcome to CF 8)
     
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  16. Qs

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    Hello and welcome to the forums! :)
     
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  17. UCHEEKYMONKEY
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    UCHEEKYMONKEY R.I.P - gone but never forgotten. Gold Member

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    What he said:biggrin

    Hello and welcome to CF:biggrin
     
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