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Hi All - Good Afternoon

Discussion in 'New Members Introduction' started by SteveJohnson, Jul 21, 2005.

  1. SteveJohnson

    SteveJohnson New Member

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    Hi all,

    Came across your forum through Google.

    I am 20 years old and an experienced website designer but with no certification. This is really just a hobby, I have been using computers since I was 10 (remember all those BB's before the 'Yahoo' generation?!) and been working on websites since I was 13.

    I am looking to work towards my MCSE and I am looking for advice on what courses I should take before I go for the big one! I have begineer experience on XP/Security/Networks, maybe intermediate on the XP platform.

    I am also looking for a Cisco certification after I have completed my MCSE, I have the funds to start a course asap and I am looking for a self-study course as I am in currently in full-time employment (I've got to be able to pay for the exams some how!)

    I understand that people with little experience on networks etc that gain a 'paper' MCSE have trouble finding a job, but with my determination I feel I can get a job in IT no problem, even if I have to start off from the bottom of the ladder.


    So ultimately I'm looking for advice on where to start on gaining my first certification.


    Hope your all having a good day and my introduction is thorough enough!

    Take care all.


    Steve
     
    Certifications: None
    WIP: CompTIA A+
  2. KeithNN

    KeithNN Byte Poster

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    Hi, Steve. Welcome aboard and good luck with the MCSE. Nice that you're determined not to be a "paper cert"!! :respct
     
    Certifications: MCSA/MCSE, MCDST, MOS Mstr, Sec+,Net+,A+
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  3. Boycie
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    Boycie Senior Beer Tester

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    Hi Steve. Welcome to CF. Hope you stay around.
    I see that you have been involved with computers for some time but say it is just a hobby- good luck with the career change.

    All the best
     
    Certifications: MCSA 2003, MCDST, A+, N+, CTT+, MCT
  4. tripwire45
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    tripwire45 Zettabyte Poster

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    Greetings, Steve. Welcome to CertForums. :)
     
    Certifications: A+ and Network+
  5. Jakamoko
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    Jakamoko On the move again ...

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    Hi Steve - welcome from me too. Have a flick around our relevant boards to start with. There's loads of advice already from folks in the same boat as yourself. If you have any specific questions to pitch, then throw them in - the Guys will be more than glad to help :)
     
    Certifications: MCP, A+, Network+
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  6. SteveJohnson

    SteveJohnson New Member

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    Hi all thanks for the warm welcomes.

    what course do you reccomend I do first to get a basic understanding for the MCSE, I was thinking along the lines of A+ ? What do you think?

    Cheers

    Steve
     
    Certifications: None
    WIP: CompTIA A+
  7. AJ

    AJ Administrator Administrator

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    Welcome to the forums Steve :biggrin
     
    Certifications: MCSE, MCSA (messaging), ITIL Foundation v3
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  8. Jakamoko
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    Jakamoko On the move again ...

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    Thats the general advice we would give out, but depending on how much experience of the PC environment you already have, it may be worth going straight to the Network+.

    Thats just my 2€ tho - more opinions will certainly follow :)
     
    Certifications: MCP, A+, Network+
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  9. Boycie
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    Boycie Senior Beer Tester

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    Steve,

    If you want to go down the MCSE road the A+ is a good grounding. The other thing is if you have been "playing with Computers" for years you will probably find it straight forward.

    Best of luck
     
    Certifications: MCSA 2003, MCDST, A+, N+, CTT+, MCT
  10. nugget
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    nugget Junior toady

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    Hi and welcome to the forum. There are a few of us around that still remember when a 4MHz XT with a 2400 modem was blindingly fast, not to mention the monochrome screens to view everything in.

    The A+ sounds like the best place to start followed by the Network+.:D
     
    Certifications: A+ | Network+ | Security+ | MCP (270,271,272,290,620) | MCDST | MCTS:Vista
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