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Discussion in 'New Members Introduction' started by jakemartin, Mar 27, 2008.

  1. jakemartin

    jakemartin New Member

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    hello i'm Jake and iv in the past month decided to change my career to IT. I'm 20 years old and fed up with my current job (warehousing), and am looking for some career advice from the people that understand (you guys). i have had nothing on my mind but this career change for the past month and simply cannot wait to get started . i want to take the networking path because it is what i enjoy most and feel i could pick up the whole prospect pretty quick :biggrin. well im sure we shall all interact at some point because i always like to help and always looking for some inside info. cheers JakeMartin
     
    Certifications: none yet
    WIP: waiting to start A+
  2. GiddyG

    GiddyG Terabyte Poster Gold Member

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    Hi Jake, and welcome to CF.

    You don't say what experience, if any, you have of computers or networking.

    I would suggest that you start off by looking at the A+ and Network+, if you want to learn more and get a couple of entry level qualifications. In addition, both can be used as electives should you later wish to pursue Microsoft certification later on.

    A+ and Net+ can be done via self-study, which means that you could carry on warehousing while studying/looking for an entry level role in IT.

    Cheers

    John
     
  3. Notes_Bloke

    Notes_Bloke Terabyte Poster

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    Hi & welcome to CF:D

    NB
     
    Certifications: 70-210, 70-215, A+,N+, Security+
    WIP: MCSA
  4. hbroomhall

    hbroomhall Petabyte Poster Gold Member

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    Hi and welcome to CF!

    Harry.
     
    Certifications: ECDL A+ Network+ i-Net+
    WIP: Server+
  5. dales

    dales Gigabyte Poster

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    welcome to the IT Crowd!
     
    Certifications: vExpert 2014+2015+2016,VCP-DT,CCE-V, CCE-AD, CCP-AD, CCEE, CCAA XenApp, CCA Netscaler, XenApp 6.5, XenDesktop 5 & Xenserver 6,VCP3+5,VTSP,MCSA MCDST MCP A+ ITIL F
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  6. BosonMichael
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    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

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    Welcome!

    The A+, Network+, MCDST path is the way to go. Until you get a bit of experience, that's about as much as you need to certify. :)
     
    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+
    WIP: Just about everything!
  7. sunn

    sunn Gigabyte Poster

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    The above-mentioned advice (Giddy & BM) will help you get started in the new career.
    Welcome to the forums…
     
  8. wizard

    wizard Petabyte Poster

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    Hi there and welcome 8)
     
    Certifications: SIA DS Licence
    WIP: A+ 2009
  9. jakemartin

    jakemartin New Member

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    thanks guys much appreciated and that pretty much is my plan but i don't know who to go through any suggestions?
     
    Certifications: none yet
    WIP: waiting to start A+
  10. BosonMichael
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    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

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    Go through yourself - save your money. Get a bunch of books, and study them.

    For the A+, I'd recommend the A+ All-in-One Study Guide Sixth Edition by Meyers and PC Technician Street Smarts by Pyles (our very own Tripwire45).

    For Network+, I'd recommend the Sybex book by Groth.

    For the MCDST, I'd recommend the MSPress and Sybex books. Not sure which would be better.
     
    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+
    WIP: Just about everything!
  11. greenbrucelee
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    greenbrucelee Zettabyte Poster

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    Hi Welcome

    As BM said you can self study for those certs there is no need for a course, if you really must do a course look at your local college.

    I am self studying for those certs and am taking both A+ exams on Monday then I'll start on the N+.
     
    Certifications: A+, N+, MCDST, Security+, 70-270
    WIP: 70-620 or 70-680?
  12. jakemartin

    jakemartin New Member

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    how hard is to teach yourself via these books, are they easy to understand and don't they chuck you into the deep end with jargon i understand what you would probably only consider the bascis :oops:
     
    Certifications: none yet
    WIP: waiting to start A+
  13. greenbrucelee
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    greenbrucelee Zettabyte Poster

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    if you get the books BM mentioned for the A+ everything is explain in the books the Mike Meyers book comes with a CD thats has quite a lot on it including acronyms and terms in PDF format.
     
    Certifications: A+, N+, MCDST, Security+, 70-270
    WIP: 70-620 or 70-680?

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