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Discussion in 'New Members Introduction' started by LizzeyDripping, May 12, 2008.

  1. LizzeyDripping

    LizzeyDripping New Member

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    Hi all

    Oh dear - I joined because I am looking for a career shift and wanted to find out about doing the Skillstrain C# course prior to getting into development as a career. So I have posted to this effect. From now looking at some of the other threads I am guessing this will make me very unpopular!

    In my defence - I have spent the last two months genning up on what qualifications and / or training I will need to become a c# .NET developer and frankly this info is virtually impossible to come by unless you already know what you are doing! I want to retrain, from scratch, and although I see everywhere that A+ is the place to start, I already know about hardware and (sorry if I am very dumb) can't see how this helps me learn programming. I have no inclination to waste my time and (hard earned!) money on the wrong thing and I have been unable to find any local colleges or unis running introduction to c# courses.

    So I thought that asking people who actually have experience of this was the way forward. I hope that I have not caused too much offence to people as the general consensus on the forum is that I must in some way have a vested interest to even mention it. I don't - I need some advice and as I mentioned above, there doesn't seem to be much help out there...

    Anyway, that's me - I currently manage domain name portfolios for blue chip companies and provide first line IT support within my company. Please be nice to me - I just want some guidance! :biggrin
     
  2. Notes_Bloke

    Notes_Bloke Terabyte Poster

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    Hi & welcome to CF :D

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  3. dmarsh

    dmarsh Terabyte Poster

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    To get a programming gig the main requirement is that you can program, certs are not required, certainly not the A+. A lot of the advice on here is aimed at entry level support personel.

    Most people get either a BSc or a HND in computer science to start their programming careers, others just code a lot as a hobby or migrate from other fields like maths/physics/engineering.
     
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  4. hbroomhall

    hbroomhall Petabyte Poster Gold Member

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    Hi and welcome to CF!

    If you truly want to do programming then, no, A+ isn't really a pre-requisite!

    As a way of (cheaply) getting a feel of what C# is like you could always download the Microsoft C# Express edition, which is free, and buying a book on it. There is even a 'dummies' book on it, although I have no idea if it is any good.

    Harry.
     
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  5. dmarsh

    dmarsh Terabyte Poster

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  6. BosonMichael
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    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

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    You are correct; the A+ would not be useful to someone who wants to start out in programming. To get started in programming, the path is clear: learn to program! :)

    Welcome!
     
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  7. nugget
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    Hi and welcome to the forum. :biggrin
     
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  8. LizzeyDripping

    LizzeyDripping New Member

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    Hi to you all! And thanks, you have been very nice!

    I actually do think self-study is the way forward for me rather than a training course - I have had to learn by experience how to manage our small business network and I am self taught on HTML which (though i say it myself) I have used very successfully to build websites - but obviously they are a little limited and I enjoy the programming side of things so much I just want to know more. If I can also get paid for it - major bonus!

    It is also GREAT to know that I am not being a thicko by not seeing why the A+ would help me progress, thanks for the feedback! This always seemed to appear on the "career path" scenarios I have seen online and I just couldn't see why - made me terrified I was missing something really fundamental about the whole process. I worry too much!

    The main problem was knowing where to start - so I am going to go and download C# Express and buy myself some books and take it from there. Just dive in, right?!

    Many thanks guys - think I'll like it here! :biggrin
     
  9. greenbrucelee
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    Hi Welcome :)

    I agree with whats been said, and you'll save yourself a fortune by self study :)
     
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  10. Theprof

    Theprof Petabyte Poster Forum Leader

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    Welcome!
     
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  11. Bluerinse
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    Welcome to CF 8)
     
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  12. Rafek

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    Welcome,

    Sorry I dont know enough about programming to give you any constructive advice.
     
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  13. Johnd76

    Johnd76 Megabyte Poster

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    Hi and welcome to the Forum
     
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  14. craigie

    craigie Terabyte Poster

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    Welcome to CF :)
     
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  15. sunn

    sunn Gigabyte Poster

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    Welcome...
    Like already said, start to program, the A+ is intendid for a different career path.

    Good Luck
     
  16. BosonJosh

    BosonJosh Gigabyte Poster

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    Welcome to the forums! Good luck on your path to learn programming.
     

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