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Hi fellow members,

Discussion in 'New Members Introduction' started by John_G, Oct 7, 2007.

  1. John_G

    John_G Bit Poster

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    I've been reading this forum for a while now and thought I'd join. I'm wondering if at the age of nearly 41 if career in IT is a pointless goal? I'm out of work at the moment but I've been using PCs now for a very long time and have built quite a lot and also solved many problems for other people I know. I'm currently studying the A+ exam and then I will go for the N+ soon after.

    I do however wonder if I'm just going to be edged out of any hope of a career by the younger crowd.

    No offence to those who're young btw :biggrin
     
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  2. hbroomhall

    hbroomhall Petabyte Poster Gold Member

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    Hi and welcome to CF!

    I'm considerably older - and not doing too badly, so it *is* possible!

    Harry.
     
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  3. wagnerk
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    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

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    Hi & welcome to CF.

    Don't worry about your age, it's never to late to start training for a new career/switching careers. The IT profession, like other professions, can be entered at any time, regardless of sex, age, creed, etc. I know of many young, old and mid-aged people entering the field, so like I said "Don't worry".

    Your study route seems sound to me: the A+ then the Network+.

    Good luck

    -Ken
     
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  4. wizard

    wizard Petabyte Poster

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    Hi there and welcome 8)
     
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  5. tripwire45
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    tripwire45 Zettabyte Poster

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    I'm 53 and a career changer, myself. I started the whole IT-trek about 5 or 6 years ago. It took me awhile to find my niche but I'm currently developing a career as a technical writer (mixing my interest in technology and my drive to write). As the others have said, it can be done.
     
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  6. Spilly

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    My boss likes mature poeple!

    She reckons we've got better poeple skills
     
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  7. nXPLOSi

    nXPLOSi Terabyte Poster

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    Welcome to CF :) !
     
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  8. DAVID ARROWSMITH

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    hi, i am 43 and just passed a plus and are going for mcdst then network plus. you are never too old.
     
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  9. John_G

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    Thanks for the words of encouragement it really is appreciated. I was recenty told by someone who is meant to encourage people to get jobs that I would be wasting my time.

    I'm going to give it my best shot.

    I'm getting about 70% on mock tests for the A+ and that is without study so I'm hoping my memory can store what is needed to pass the A+ by the end of the year.

    JG
     
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  10. greenbrucelee
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    Hi welcome :)

    Your never too old and if you are getting 70% without studying you should be able to get enough study in to pass by the end of the year.
     
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  11. BosonMichael
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    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

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    Welcome!

    I know plenty of people who started in IT in their 50s and are doing quite well. Start looking for an entry-level IT job as soon as possible, and continue with your A+ and Network+ studies. Best of luck!
     
    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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  12. John_G

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    I'm hoping to study all through November and take the tests in December :D
     
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  13. John_G

    John_G Bit Poster

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    Thanks for your input. I'm going to give it my best shot.
     
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  14. Spilly

    Spilly Kilobyte Poster

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    Let us know how you get on.
     
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  15. Theprof

    Theprof Petabyte Poster Forum Leader

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    Welcome to CF! and good luck on the studies!
     
    Certifications: A+ | CCA | CCAA | Network+ | MCDST | MCSA | MCP (270, 271, 272, 290, 291) | MCTS (70-662, 70-663) | MCITP:EMA | VCA-DCV/Cloud/WM | VTSP | VCP5-DT | VCP5-DCV
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  16. Bluerinse
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    Bluerinse Exabyte Poster

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    Welcome to CF John from another who made the switch into IT in my late forties.. now 52 :)
     
    Certifications: C&G Electronics - MCSA (W2K) MCSE (W2K)
  17. GiddyG

    GiddyG Terabyte Poster Gold Member

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    Hello :D
     

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