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Discussion in 'New Members Introduction' started by Joecoral, Jan 16, 2009.

  1. Joecoral

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    Hey everyone, my name is Joe, I'm 22 and I'm a science (zoology) graduate from south wales, looking to try and find my way into the IT sector.
    I did get accepted onto an Advent Training Advanced Network Specialist course, but after browing some forums here on training providers, I decided to decline until I get a better idea of the situation, as it all seemed to happen rather quickly and I had no idea when I spoke to the first person that the adviser who talked me through the various courses available would also evaluate me and immediately enter me into one.
    Any advice on how to break into IT, specifically the system engineer/MCSE side of things would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks in advance
    Joe
     
    Certifications: BSc (Hons)
    WIP: A+, N+, MCDST
  2. greenbrucelee
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    Well if you have no experience you shouldn't do the MCSE. That cert is for people who already have experience as system engineers and have atleast 18 months experience in supporting and managing a large multi user networked environment.

    Most people have to start at the bottom in a support role or IT Tech role and progress into systems engineering.

    Entry level certs are compTIA A+, compTIA N+ and Microsofts MCDST.

    Welcome to CF:D
     
    Certifications: A+, N+, MCDST, Security+, 70-270
    WIP: 70-620 or 70-680?
  3. Joecoral

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    Yeah, thats what I've gathered having been lurking here for the last few days and reading the very informative posts on tp's, so I won't be doing that any time soon.

    The plan for now is to self-study, gonna go for compTIA A+ first, as this seems to be where most people advise starting, and work my way up which I would prefer to to anyways, costs much less and you get real hands on experience.

    I'm sure I will be picking all your brains at some point or another!
    Joe
     
    Certifications: BSc (Hons)
    WIP: A+, N+, MCDST
  4. Alex Wright

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    Joe - welcome to the CF's! :)

    Good choice in turning down Advent. There's not certification you can't obtain through self-study provided you have the determination.

    As someone looking to break into the industry I recommend that you start with the following: A+, N+, MCDST. Also start applying for jobs NOW.

    Good luck!

    Alex
     
    Certifications: 70-680 Configuring Windows 7
    WIP: 70-642
  5. Joecoral

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    Thanks Alex!
    Having spent the last 4 years in university (the last 18 years in fulltime education! :eek:) I certainly have the determination and the ability to self study, most of my final year at university was pretty much entirely self-study.
    And yes, A+ then N+ then MCDST is the plan for now.
    What sort of jobs should I be applying for, IT Tech type things?
     
    Certifications: BSc (Hons)
    WIP: A+, N+, MCDST
  6. Alex Wright

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    Support Analyst (Helpdesk), PC Technician, Field Engineer - these roles are considered to be "1st line" positions.

    It's a highly competitive market at the moment, but the positions are most definitely out there.
     
    Certifications: 70-680 Configuring Windows 7
    WIP: 70-642
  7. wagnerk
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    Hi & welcome to CF :)

    -Ken
     
    Certifications: CITP, PGCert, BSc, HNC, LCGI, PTLLS, MCT, MCITP, MCTS, MCSE, MCSA:M, MCSA, MCDST, MCP, MTA, MCAS, MOS (Master), A+, N+, S+, ACA, VCA, etc... & 2nd Degree Black Belt
    WIP: PGDip
  8. Joecoral

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    Hi Ken, and thanks for the welcome :biggrin
     
    Certifications: BSc (Hons)
    WIP: A+, N+, MCDST
  9. Qs

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    Hello and welcome to the forums! :)

    Qs
     
    Certifications: MCT, MCSE: Private Cloud, MCSA (2008), MCITP: EA, MCITP: SA, MCSE: 2003, MCSA: 2003, MCITP: EDA7, MCITP: EDST7, MCITP: EST Vista, MCTS: Exh 2010, MCTS:ServerVirt, MCTS: SCCM07 & SCCM2012, MCTS: SCOM07, MCTS: Win7Conf, MCTS: VistaConf, MCDST, MCP, MBCS, HND: Applied IT, ITIL v3: Foundation, CCA
  10. BosonMichael
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    Sounds like you're on the right path, Joe! Welcome to the forums!
     
    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. Notes_Bloke

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    Hi & welcome to CF:D

    NB
     
    Certifications: 70-210, 70-215, A+,N+, Security+
    WIP: MCSA
  12. nugget
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    Hi and welcome to the forums. :biggrin
     
    Certifications: A+ | Network+ | Security+ | MCP (270,271,272,290,620) | MCDST | MCTS:Vista
    WIP: MCSA, 70-622,680,685

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