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Hi all

Discussion in 'New Members Introduction' started by Deagle, Oct 19, 2004.

  1. Deagle

    Deagle New Member

    Decided to finally register. I've been reading through these forums for a couple of months and found them to be an inspirational guide to getting the right IT qualifications. Getting started on this path is a minefield, and a very difficult subject to get decent advice on. I've also been shocked at the amount of learning centres (in the Manchester area atleast) that only offer third rate IT courses or a very limited selection of professional courses. It seems the Education system is still a long way behind the industry requirements. Thanks to everyones helpful advice throughout these forums.

    A little about myself. I've been involved in fixing and building PCs for nearly 10 years, this started as a hobby and turned into a business in that time. I'm mainly self taught, but have a large circle of friends and familly who are IT professionals.
    I currently own a small PC shop offering new PCs and repairs, as the competition in this field grows I have decided to get trained up and qualified and this will hopefully be the start of my IT career. So here Iam now doing a part time BTEC National Award in IT Systems Support and with it I'll be taking my A+ and N+ exams. After this I plan on doing the CCNA & CCNP and hopefully find my way into a company/organisation that will pay me to get MCSE/MCSA quals :D
    WIP: A+, N+, CCNA
  2. dominoe

    dominoe Nibble Poster

    Ive not been a member long but welcome aboard :)
    Certifications: A+
    WIP: MTA
  3. Jakamoko
    Honorary Member

    Jakamoko On the move again ...

    Hi Deagle - welcome aboard. Thanks for the kind words also :D

    Sounds like with your experience and approach, your going to get those certs in no time - good luck, and enjoy the time you spend here.
    Certifications: MCP, A+, Network+
    WIP: Clarity
  4. punkboy101
    Honorary Member

    punkboy101 Back from the wilderness

    Welcome to Certforums! :D Glad you have found the place usefull.

    Good luck with your cert's, you seem to have a good plan worked out, which sometime's is half the battle!:D
    Certifications: CCNA
    WIP: Nada
  5. SimonV

    SimonV Petabyte Poster Administrator

    A big CertForums welcome Deagle, good to have you here. Hope we see more of you soon.

    Si :)
    Certifications: MOS Master 2003, CompTIA A+, MCSA:M, MCSE
    WIP: Keeping CF Alive...
  6. flex22

    flex22 Gigabyte Poster

    hi deagle.

    Where in the Planet are you situated?

    Edit: ahh Manchester of course :p

    What's the job situation in terms of IT in the Manchester area like deagle.
    To be honest I'm not keen on travelling to Manchester from Soutport everyday but there's no jobs in my town so if I have to move I will do.
    Thought I'd ask as your in that area.Thanks:!:

  7. Deagle

    Deagle New Member

    Quite good, but not on the scale of London. There are thousands of small to mid sized companies most of which now have IT Depts of varying sizes. There are also several large companies based here along with many NHS trusts, schools/colleges and uni's. There's alot of low-end jobs available but also a hell of alot of competition for them. A+ is a bare minimum requirement and most companies also want specialist experience in their field.
    There does seem to be a shortfall higher up the scale, seems companies are struggling to get highly qualified IT managers and network admins as there are many vacancies there.
    WIP: A+, N+, CCNA
  8. wizard

    wizard Petabyte Poster

    Hi there and welcome. :D
    Certifications: SIA DS Licence
    WIP: A+ 2009
  9. AJ

    AJ Administrator Administrator

    Welcome to the good ship CertForums Deagle, glad you could join us :biggrin
    Certifications: MCSE, MCSA (messaging), ITIL Foundation v3
    WIP: Looking at doing ..................
  10. nugget
    Honorary Member

    nugget Junior toady

    Welcome to the forum Deagle.:D
    Certifications: A+ | Network+ | Security+ | MCP (270,271,272,290,620) | MCDST | MCTS:Vista
    WIP: MCSA, 70-622,680,685

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