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Discussion in 'New Members Introduction' started by Mildlylost, Feb 26, 2011.

  1. Mildlylost

    Mildlylost New Member

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    Hey guys,

    I'm a 24 year old, immensely disillusioned arts and humanity student who recently graduated. I've rather unfortunately discovered that my degree isn't worth the paper its printed on. :( So after some introspection, and suffering in retail for 5 months or so, I figure my best shot at a career is to exploit my love of computers and computing in general.

    I've come to this forum in the hopes of getting some advice on where to start, on what certifications are worthwhile in terms of employment, I'd like to work in the maintenance side of things, for server maintenance, systems engineering, something like that. Believe it or not, I enjoy fault finding and troubleshooting (I like puzzles :p).

    Well, I've thrown myself on your mercy guys. Anyone want to help?
     
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  2. wagnerk
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    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

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    Hi & welcome to CF :)

    -Ken
     
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  3. greenbrucelee
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    greenbrucelee Zettabyte Poster

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    Welcome :)
     
    Certifications: A+, N+, MCDST, Security+, 70-270
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  4. TheITCrowd

    TheITCrowd Kilobyte Poster

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    welcome to CF :)
     
    Certifications: Network + |CCNA |MCTS-70-680,MCTS-70-401, MCTS-70-656, MCTS-70-351 |HP AIS ProCurve Networking -2011 | HP2-896 |VCD-CP27|JNCIA |Hewlett Packard ASE - Network Infrastructure (2011)
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  5. Kopite_21

    Kopite_21 Gigabyte Poster Premium Member

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    Welcome to CF! :D
     
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  6. Notes_Bloke

    Notes_Bloke Terabyte Poster

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    Welcome to CF:D

    NB
     
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  7. Apexes

    Apexes Gigabyte Poster

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    Welcome :)

    Without any prior experience your best bet is to start on the CompTIA A+ and self study, then book the exams when you're ready - this'll be good for entry level jobs, and you can even start looking for them now mentioning you're studying them, don't wait till you have them to try and find one as experience counts loads in IT.

    Working within server maintenance will probably be a few years down the line once you've had exposure to basic IT systems and then move into a more advanced role looking after servers.

    Best of luck :thumbleft
     
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  8. BosonMichael
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    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

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    Agreed - the A+ is the right place to start.

    Welcome to the forums!
     
    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!
  9. BosonJosh

    BosonJosh Gigabyte Poster

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    Welcome! I agree that A+ is the best place to start. Good luck!
     

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