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Discussion in 'New Members Introduction' started by Mordred, Jun 24, 2008.

  1. Mordred

    Mordred Bit Poster

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    Hi all,

    Found this forum a few days ago whilst revising for my Network+ exam and now that Ive passed I thought I would join up.

    Ive just finished my first year at university studying a Bsc in Business Computer Systems. The year previous to this I was at college and achieved A+ certification, but failed the Network+ exam. I re-took the exam again a few hours ago and passed at the second attempt so am now Comptia A+ and N+ qualified :)

    In the future after Uni I hope to progress to Cisco certification (tried CCNA through Open University as well as my uni degree but had to give up on CCNA- too much ambition lol) and work towards being certified and hopefully employed in the network security field.

    Unfortunately I dont have any IT employment experience so far in my career and am looking for employment over the summer break from uni but as I have discovered- getting certified is only half the problem. Getting your first job in the industry is a whole different ball game!

    Cheers
    Rob
     
    Certifications: A+; Network+
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  2. Mr.Cheeks

    Mr.Cheeks 1st ever Gold Member! Gold Member

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    Congrats and Welcome to the Chubby-No Zone- Forum!
     
  3. BosonMichael
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    Getting a job, even a part-time job, is very important while you're in college. Employers will want someone with experience when you get out, and if you've already got some under your belt, that'll be a huge step up in your career.

    As you have discovered, getting your first real IT job is the most difficult step. Grab the A+, Network+, and MCDST, and those will go a long way to helping you get your first IT job. Anything more than that, and you'll be overcertified for your experience level.

    Best of luck to you, and welcome to the forums!
     
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  4. Johnd76

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    Hi and welcome to CF
     
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  5. greenbrucelee
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    Hi Welcome :)

    As BM said lay of the CCNA untill you have experience with CISCO kit in a job and Well done on the Pass :)
     
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  6. wagnerk
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    Hi & welcome to CF, glad you've joined :)

    -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
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  7. hbroomhall

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    Hi and welcome to CF!

    Harry.
     
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  8. Mordred

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    Cheers guys! :biggrin

    Interesting points there BM- I never considered the additional problem of gaining so many certs that you can over qualify yourself compared to your experience. Certainly food for thought...

    Excuse my n00bness but whats the MCDST? Im assuming its a Microsoft cert?
     
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  9. BosonMichael
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    Certainly the CCNA knoweldge will be worthwhile! Just saying that the cert itself won't automagically open doors at the beginning of your career (and could close some doors to entry-level jobs who don't need a CCNA-level candidate). So... if you do decide to get the CCNA before you get into IT, be judicious in putting it on your resume/CV only for those jobs where you think it'll make the difference in getting hired. :)

    Yes, the MCDST is a Microsoft cert: Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician. Basically, supporting XP, which you'll likely be doing in your first IT job.
     
    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+
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  10. onoski

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    Hi and welcome to CF:)
     
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  11. NightWalker

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    Welcome 8)
     
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  12. Mordred

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    Cheers mate, desktop support was exactly what I was looking to do as a start in the industry, hence the A+, so will look about for places to take the MCDST. XP is right up my street, not so much a fan of Vista lol.
     
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  13. BosonMichael
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    Fortunately or unfortunately, we have to learn about Vista to support it. In a way, it's a good thing! :D
     
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  14. Mordred

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    Hahaha very true, Sabayon Linux is my ideal weapon of choice but unfortunately Linux isnt as popular in this world as it deserves to be so yeah, gotta keep up with the latest thrilling instalment of Windows! :biggrin
     
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  15. nugget
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    Hi and welcome to the forum. :biggrin

    Just say no to chubbies.:twisted:
     
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  16. wizard

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    Hi there and welcome 8)
     
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  17. Carlsberg Wordsworth

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    Now it just so happens that I am a very good friend of Mordred and would like to congratulate him on passing the N+. :clap

    Welcome to the forum and time permitting we should be posting instead of discussing the posts/subjects :lol:

    And see, I said you would have to learn Vista. Like it or no.
     
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  18. Mordred

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    Thanks for that reality check mucker :biggrin

    Seriously though, cheers for the congrats. You could do worse than have a crack at N+ yourself mate, personally I find the subject is a lot more interesting than A+ so theres more to get your teeth into. Just my opinion of course.
     
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