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Discussion in 'New Members Introduction' started by Mrphil, Feb 6, 2007.

  1. Mrphil

    Mrphil New Member

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    hi to everyone i am new to this site and discovered it after looking for some answers to my situation

    basically i am looking to get started in the IT industry i have knowledge of computer maintenance but nothing advanced

    i have been looking at doing a course with computeach and they seem really good they seem to have a good industry reputation and great facilities.

    i live quite close to their buildings and went to have a look round yesterday and was really impressed with what they offered.

    i had a meeting with one of their reps who wasnt at all pushy he just gave me loads of information on the courses and how they teach and all the support they offer. he said at the end that it is up to me if i want to do this but i would also have to be accepted.

    after reading reviews on them there are a few were people have had a great expierience and gone on to do great things. the majority of the bad ones are basically along the lines of it is too expensive it is a rip off or that they dont hand it to you on a plate. others like they were too pushy into getting you onto the course or they are not certified at all.

    i have researched the certifications the say they have and they are registered as a gold member with Microsoft

    i would be looking to do A+ then MCSE, MCSA and security+

    hopefully eventually i would like to learn cisco

    any advice on this would be great

    thanks

    Phil
     
    Certifications: IC3
    WIP: CompTIA A+
  2. hbroomhall

    hbroomhall Petabyte Poster Gold Member

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    First - Hi and welcome to CF!

    Have a look around here about the alternatives to doing a course, such as self-study. On the comments on the courses, you need to remember that people are far more vocal when they perceive that things are wrong compared when things go right!

    Finaly - rather than blowing a whole lot of cash on a long series of courses, why not just go for the A+ and see how you get on?

    Harry.
     
    Certifications: ECDL A+ Network+ i-Net+
    WIP: Server+
  3. tas121

    tas121 Nibble Poster

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    welcome to cf! my advice would be go with the A+ first build on some knowledge get a entry level job and take it from there
     
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  4. BosonMichael
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    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

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    Welcome!

    I agree with tas - get the A+ and get an entry-level job so you can start building the experience that employers desire and require.
     
    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!
  5. Mrphil

    Mrphil New Member

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    hi
    thanks for the replys and advice

    i am planning to start with A+ and get an entry level position to build up expierience, i do realise that it would be stoopid to rush into doing a whole course with no expierience

    the higher stuff is ambition really what i want to achieve going forward

    my real question would probably be would it be the best thing to do this through computeach? are they reputable?

    i understand what you say about just getting the book and having ago myself but i think it would be easier to learn having their facilities and help

    i was really looking for peo[ple who have had expierience with them, are they as good as they sound?

    thanks for your input

    Phil
     
    Certifications: IC3
    WIP: CompTIA A+
  6. BosonMichael
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    I always recommend self-study, but if you feel that you must spend the money, go ahead.

    Be advised that, at some point, you WILL have to train yourself on new things... companies don't usually like to spend a lot of money on expensive training courses.
     
    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. Mr.Cheeks

    Mr.Cheeks 1st ever Gold Member! Gold Member

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    i agree with what has been said but note that completeing and passing your A+ does not guarantee that you will get an entry IT role, this should help.
     
  8. Bluerinse
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    Bluerinse Exabyte Poster

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    We tend to steer clear from giving advice which is either for or against training providers, we prefer to sit on the fence. The truth is that it works for some people but not everyone.

    I have promoted self study since the training provider that I paid $9500 to went out of business half way through my MCSE course. This does happen, or they can close the local facility or you might find that you are not cut out for the material they are trying to teach you. That is why paying large amounts of money, especially borrowed money is a bad idea. You should take it one step at a time, whether by self study or a training provider, do not bite off more than you can comfortably chew.

    Pete
     
    Certifications: C&G Electronics - MCSA (W2K) MCSE (W2K)
  9. wizard

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    Hi there and welcome 8)

    I'll just echo what others have said, go the self-study route. I know I bang on a lot about self-study, but I did pay just over £500 pounds for my CCNA course through the open university, which is still far cheaper than some of the training providers out there. The good thing about the Open University is, I can actually tie in the CCNA course to a degree.
     
    Certifications: SIA DS Licence
    WIP: A+ 2009
  10. nugget
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    Hi and welcome to the forum. :D

    Just remember that at the end of the day, it's you that will be sitting at home reading, doing and learning (mostly by yourself) whether you pay x amount to a training company or y amount for your own materials.
     
    Certifications: A+ | Network+ | Security+ | MCP (270,271,272,290,620) | MCDST | MCTS:Vista
    WIP: MCSA, 70-622,680,685
  11. UCHEEKYMONKEY
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    UCHEEKYMONKEY R.I.P - gone but never forgotten. Gold Member

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    Actually Nugget Mrphill won't be on his own. Because he has the support of the CF community. It is through CF that people find their answers, socialise and find direction and motivation.

    Certification is a long road to success, but it need not be a lonely one.8)
     
    Certifications: Comptia A+
    WIP: Comptia N+

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