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I am new - need advice on IT

Discussion in 'New Members Introduction' started by InspClouseau, Sep 1, 2007.

  1. InspClouseau

    InspClouseau Bit Poster

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    Hi

    I need some advice on IT training.

    I am unemployed for last 15 months and use to work as a clerk.
    I am completing my ECDL and should finish the course later this month.

    I need to find a job but find it difficult to get one in office administration. Now, I am prepared to do some training. The following courses would appeal to me in order of importance:

    • CIW Web Design
    • MCDST (Microsoft Certified Desktop Technician)
    • A+
    • N+

    I looked at several online sites and training providers:
    Advent, Redwood Futures, Home Learning College, ICS, affordablecomputing.com etc. Affordable Computing does an online course for A+/n+ combined for £450 only.

    I wish to start on one of the above course I listed but I am not sure how difficult they are. I am computer literate and 55 years old.

    Any advice will be appreciated.

    :rolleyes:
     
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  2. Mitzs
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    Mitzs Ducktape Goddess

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    well since you know your way around computers, I would do a self study in all of these then paying someone. Amazon you can get very nice used books for reasonable prices. Or atleast in the US you can. And since I am based in the US, I could not help you with any of those schools. A+ and N+ are easy once you can wrap your head around it. I would do A+ before N+. But if you are wanting back in as an office admin, I would go for MS office certs too.
     
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  3. wizard

    wizard Petabyte Poster

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    Hi there and welcome 8)
     
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  4. dmarsh

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    Hi there and welcome ! :biggrin

    These are all fairly easy to learn concepts, the courses can be useful but self study is a very viable option for these certs.

    I don't know much about any of those providers, online courses can vary in quality, I'd prefer a book or traditional CBT myself.

    I'd ask yourself what you hope to achieve, you should do what interests you as none of these certs in themselves will necessarilly land you a job. A web dev and a support role are quite different, while theres no reason you shouldn't study both I'd try to focus your efforts if the objective is to land a job.

    If your background is in administration you may find the MOS/MCBS certs will give you more immediate benefit.

    Best of luck in your studies ! :biggrin
     
    Certifications: CITP, BSc, HND, SCJP, SCJD, SCWCD, SCBCD, SCEA, N+, Sec+, Proj+, Server+, Linux+, MCTS, MCPD, MCSA, MCITP, CCDH
  5. InspClouseau

    InspClouseau Bit Poster

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    Thanks for the advice.

    But I was fed up with office administration as my last boss was a control freak and I could not handle the situation. Since I have not been working for over a year and its difficult to get a job as an administrator, I need a change in career.

    MCDST,A+ and CIW Web Design are my only options. I wish to know if they are difficult and if I get certified in either of the 3 courses, would it be easy to get a job.

    I prefer a on-line training or classroom training.
    By the way, Microsoft Certification UK offers:
    MCDST (£250+vat), MCP (£150+vat), MCSE (£600+vat) and MOS (£100+vat) - not pricey!
    They offer a free demo too.

    MOS would be easiest for me but is there any demand for it in UK job market.

    Any comments would help. :blink
     
    Certifications: BSc (Hons) in Computing & Statistics
    WIP: A+
  6. nick-mondo

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    Hello there,
    Well I'm in the same boat as you InspClouseau I'm new to the site and to IT learning. And just like you I've been looking into ICS courses, I think that (for me at least) I need the support of the advisors and I need the push from myself to do the work, so paying £450 is an insentive not to waste my money haha!
    But what I would like to know is, has anyone used ICS before? I had a look at computeach and they wanted £1800 to do my A+ and thats not happening.
    In price ICS sounds good but I'd like some one elses view?
    Any help would be greatly appreciated chaps!
    thanks
     
  7. greenbrucelee
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  8. UCHEEKYMONKEY
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    UCHEEKYMONKEY R.I.P - gone but never forgotten. Gold Member

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    Hello Nick and Welcome to CF:biggrin

    I have heard about ICS and almost did a course but didn't because of the bad reviews. I read somewhere that ICS Diploma stands I Cant See my Diploma:p

    Have a look at this website before deciding.

    ICS REVIEWS

    Why not try self study route is a big supporter here at CF?:biggrin
     
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  9. greenbrucelee
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    I was in your boat till I got some sound advice from the good people on here, you dont need a course you just need the appropriate books and determination to study them yourself.

    It'll save you cash and get you qualified :D
     
    Certifications: A+, N+, MCDST, Security+, 70-270
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  10. wizard

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    Hi guys,

    InspClouseau you can save a lot of money by going the self study route, if you get stuck you can ask any of us and we will help you, IMHO you can learn a lot more from us than being tutor led.
     
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  11. UCHEEKYMONKEY
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    UCHEEKYMONKEY R.I.P - gone but never forgotten. Gold Member

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    Well said and excellent point!:clap:rocks
     
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  12. nick-mondo

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    Thanks all!
    I've got myself some books with dvd tuorials and stuff like that, is there anything else ill need at the moment? like a tool kit ect...?
    Im going to work on my A+ and N+ im no fool so i think doing two at once wont be too much trouble!!
    How long did you chaps take to finish the whole thing?

    thanks
     
  13. greenbrucelee
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    Hi Nickmodo

    People learn at different rates, it could take some a day or two to get the A+ dpwn, it could take someone a couple of years it just depends how you take in infomation and how much experience and stuff you have.

    Its not a race, just study till you know the concepts then do the exams.
     
    Certifications: A+, N+, MCDST, Security+, 70-270
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  14. Jakamoko
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    What GBL said, plus I would personally recommend doing one at a time. no point jeopardising your chances of passing each one by potentially takign on too much at one time.

    I'm sure you are no fool, but don't underestimate these entry-level certs ... they still require a good bit of application.

    Hope this helps :)
     
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