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Discussion in 'MCDST' started by Gooders, May 24, 2006.

  1. Gooders

    Gooders New Member

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    Hi all

    I dont currently work in IT but desperately want to, i am interested in support but would ultimately like to become a network admin.

    Would you say the MCDST would be a good place to start and then what do i need to do??

    Thanx
     
    Certifications: Does CLAIT count
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  2. simongrahamuk
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    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

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    It may be a good place to start, but it depends on your background.

    How much do you currently know about PC's and networks?
     
  3. Gooders

    Gooders New Member

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    i've done some support but not in depth and basic cat5 peer to peer networking
     
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  4. simongrahamuk
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    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

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    You may find that a better place to start would be with the CompTIA A+. This will give you the understanding of PC systems that you will need in support, rather simply the XP troubleshooting skills that the MCDST tests.

    Take a looka round our fourms and see what others have suggested. 8)
     
  5. MonkeyWrench

    MonkeyWrench Nibble Poster

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    Yeah I would say without some support experience the MCDST exams might be a little tough, but that's not to say you wouldn't be able to do them, it just helps to have some working knowledge. What kind of support work have you done?
     
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  6. Bluerinse
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    Bluerinse Exabyte Poster

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    I too would urge you to start with a non vendor specific cert.

    A tried and tested route would be A+ then Net+ then onto a vendor cert with Microsoft or Cisco.

    You will find out soon enough that there is much to learn and therefore it is essential that you have the basics down solid, so that you can build your knowledge on a strong foundation.
     
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  7. Gooders

    Gooders New Member

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    It looks like compTIA is where to start, then MCDST then maybe cisco?? or would i benefit more from a MCSE
     
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  8. Mr.Cheeks

    Mr.Cheeks 1st ever Gold Member! Gold Member

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    that would be down to you to decide after you done your MSDST...
     
  9. MonkeyWrench

    MonkeyWrench Nibble Poster

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    The MCDST will get you on your way to becoming a MCSA then MCSE. It's a good path to follow.
     
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  10. zimbo
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    zimbo Petabyte Poster

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    It depends on you. With the A+ and Network+ under your belt together with a MCDST - you will be well equipped to find an entry-level job. From there once you have experience you can start looking at bigger things like MCSA, MCSE and Cisco Certification.

    JMO 8)
     
    Certifications: B.Sc, MCDST & MCSA
    WIP: M.Sc - Computer Forensics

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