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Discussion in 'New Members Introduction' started by IvanOldBean, Jan 27, 2009.

  1. IvanOldBean

    IvanOldBean New Member

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    Hi All,

    I've been an administrator for ages, spent some time as a house parent, but I want to get back into employment. I want an IT career and was going with an online training company to get to MCSE in 8 months, but changed my mind. So where to begin? I have no certs (only some C&G Access and IT certificates). The company was to start with ECDL and then CompTIA A+. Now thinking homestudy route, A+, N+ etc. Do I need ECDL? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks in advance.
    Ivan.
     
  2. wagnerk
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    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

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    Hi & welcome to CF :)

    The home study route of the A+, Network+ & the MCDST is normally the recommend route. Whether you need the ECDL is up to you. The ECDL is more of a power user cert, instead of a technical cert, however it does show that you know Office apps, which you may need to support. I'm in 2 minds about the ECDL, but if you did have it, it's another cert under your belt :)

    -Ken
     
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  3. BosonJosh

    BosonJosh Gigabyte Poster

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    Welcome to the forums!
     
  4. Notes_Bloke

    Notes_Bloke Terabyte Poster

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    Hi & welcome to CF:D

    NB
     
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  5. hbroomhall

    hbroomhall Petabyte Poster Gold Member

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    Hi and welcome to CF!

    I wouldn't describe ECDL as a power user cert - more a 'competent user' cert.

    While it *does* cover the major parts of Office it doesn't do it to any great depth.

    Is it useful? Only if you have almost no computer knowledge at all, in my view.

    Harry.
     
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  6. BosonMichael
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    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

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    Good advice given above. Welcome!
     
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  7. Spilly

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    A+ self study, get cracking now see how how you go, self study dosn't suite everyone though.
     
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  8. dalsoth

    dalsoth Kilobyte Poster

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    Hi and welcome.

    I would bypass the ECDL and go straight into studying for the A+ and N+. The MCSE is pretty in depth and would require quite a bit of experience with servers. I would only recommend the study of that if you work with servers on a daily basis. I am glad you decided on the Comptia certs first as i don't think you have worked in IT previously from your first post and may find things difficult with studying for an MCSE.

    See how you get on with the A+ and N+ and I'm sure your progression options will seem a lot more obvious with those under your belt.

    Good luck :biggrin
     
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