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Discussion in 'New Members Introduction' started by poolboy79, Sep 19, 2007.

  1. poolboy79

    poolboy79 New Member

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    Hello all,

    Im a newbie, and looking to get myself on the IT ladder. Thinking about aiming for a MCSA.

    Thought I'd start with a question...

    How long would a person with decent PC knowledge and willing to put in the hours study, expect to do the A+ and MCP in? ANd how long would you reckon it would take to get a first IT job, bearing in mind that I am a project manager and have a training background in non-IT sector? The quicker I can get a foot on the ladder the better!!

    Lookng forward to getting loads of help and getting to know peeps on here!!!

    Cheers :D
     
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  2. UCHEEKYMONKEY
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    UCHEEKYMONKEY R.I.P - gone but never forgotten. Gold Member

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    Hello Poolboy and welcome to CF :biggrin
     
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  3. UCHEEKYMONKEY
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    UCHEEKYMONKEY R.I.P - gone but never forgotten. Gold Member

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    That's a hard question to answer, because it depends on the individual. how fast you can learn, what your financial circumstance are like and how much free time have you really got??

    Have a look at this thread on studying A+ written by MrCheeks
     
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  4. BosonMichael
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    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

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    Getting the A+ and MCP are great for getting your foot in the door. Aiming for the MCSA is great. But going for the MCSA before you get experience is a bad idea. As long as you keep in mind that you should get experience before getting the MCSA, you'll do OK. :) Certifications won't automagically get you your start in IT. That said, they're helpful to get you noticed (to a point - get certifications relevant to your experience level).

    Welcome!
     
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  5. poolboy79

    poolboy79 New Member

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    Sorry. Realised after I posted that it may not be a staright forward answer.

    I guess I could ask how long it has taken different people here to achieve A+ and then find work?
     
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  6. greenbrucelee
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    Hi welcome

    I am studying for the A+ at the mo but don't work in an IT specific role but have an interview soon.

    As BM said certs will get you noticed but won't automatically get you a job.

    Experience is what matters, don't go for the MSCA without experience otherwise you will do yourself a disservice as you'll find it even harder to get a job as you wont have experience.

    I know plenty of people who are good academically but can't do a simple job because of the lack of real world knowledge and experience.

    Do the A+ then try and find a job then take it from there.
     
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  7. jodsclass

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    Yeah the common consensus on this is your rate of study, your ability to absorb the material & apply it, your current financial situation, current work commitments etc.

    If you where sitting down to study full time, you could probably get a few certs under your belt within a couple of months, if fitting the study around work and family commitments, it could take significantly longer. Best advice is to have a poke around the forum, see which cert your going to start with (normally A+ on here) and crack on with it. This will give you the best indication of timescales.

    As always, the CF guys are here to help, so any questions along the way, please do post :)

    Jodsclass
     
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  8. wizard

    wizard Petabyte Poster

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    Hi there and welcome 8)
     
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  9. nXPLOSi

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    Welcome to CF :)
     
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  10. Morne Louw

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    welcome
     
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  11. wagnerk
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    Hi & welcome to CF.

    -Ken
     
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