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Discussion in 'New Members Introduction' started by Robyn, Jun 5, 2012.

  1. Robyn

    Robyn New Member

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    Planning on moving to England in the future. Want to study to start a career in PC support.

    So with searching I see the CompTIA exams is what I will be aiming for.
    Having read some posts I see you all suggest self study.
    So with this in mind where do I even start ??

    To add my computer jargon vocab is seriously lacking and although 33 I could be classed as a 70 year old when relating to all the new technology.

    However I enjoy spending all my time on a PC and love trying to figure out/sort errors on PC. I may not be able to say what I am doing but can actually do some of it :)
     
  2. SimonV

    SimonV Petabyte Poster Administrator

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    Welcome to CertForums Robyn. :)
     
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  3. BraderzTheDog

    BraderzTheDog Kilobyte Poster

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    I would say go down the route of CompTIA A+, and since you are a self confessed technophobe to go for classroom training.

    The reason for this is, as a starting point you will find the urge to ask... What if? How does this? Etc... If you self study this you may find it difficult to find the answers to your questions. Once you have the basic understanding of how machines work by passing A+, I would then recommend self studying something like an MCTS.

    P.S I ALMOST FORGOT TO METION!

    Welcome to CF :)
     
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  4. Boffy

    Boffy Megabyte Poster

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    Welcome to the forums Robyn!

    Self-Study is one of many ways to learn and is definitely recommended at a beginner level. Save that money for when you're specialising or require advanced support.

    The best way to start is purchase a book on the CompTIA A+ (Highly recommend: A+ Certification All-in-one Exam Guide: Amazon.co.uk: Michael Meyers: Books) and see how easy you pick up the knowledge.

    As always, use a second source - for this I'd recommend free online videos by Professor Messer ( Professor Messer, CompTIA A+, Network+, Security+, Microsoft Certification Training ).

    Once you're ready, book the exam 8)



    EDIT: Some others may recommend classroom training, I'd say skip it and ask any questions on here. We're all friendly in the CompTIA A+ forum!
     
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  5. shadowwebs

    shadowwebs Megabyte Poster Forum Leader

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    Robyn,

    Welcome to CF, I agree with Boffy... give self study a try and if you find that you are struggling with this method then maybe look at other means of education such as classroom training.
     
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  6. Robyn

    Robyn New Member

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    BTD, not really a technophobe just seem to have been left behind somewhere along the line. Don’t know when I was left behind but one day I looked up and every body was talking about things I have never heard of. How ever I am most certainly one of those who question everything why,why why so get what you are saying about the classroom thing.

    Though for now I will be going the self study route, this way if somewhere down the line I realise that realistically I am not capable of the work I haven't spent all the money I don’t have on it.

    Have been watching some of prof messers vids already, seem nice and simple .... in the way that its easy to understand, doesn't go straight over my head.

    Also looking to get an old PC as clearly that is a must which is better anyway as I learn better by doing.

    I have read quite a few threads on here already so have already learn allot about what I am getting myself into.

    Looking forward to becoming the most painful member for asking a million questions, hope you all have loads of patients :D
     
  7. The Zig

    The Zig Kilobyte Poster Forum Leader

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    Of my 10 or so immediate colleagues, four are from SA! This some kind of IT invasion!?:biggrin

    Ha! I get this feeling about 3 times a month! Don't stress, it's a good sign: the day you know it all is the day you lose your edge.

    Absolutely! Look forward to it. Welcome to CF!
     
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  8. Robyn

    Robyn New Member

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    we are planning on taking over the world, one IT company at a time :twisted:
     
  9. Kopite_21

    Kopite_21 Gigabyte Poster Premium Member

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    Welcome to CF, I agree self-study is the way to go will save you a lot of money.
     
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