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Is Comptia A+ and Network+ for me?

Discussion in 'General CompTIA Certifications' started by pallen, May 12, 2009.

  1. pallen

    pallen New Member

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    Hello,

    I have decided to start a career in IT.

    I have no Qualifications and currently work as a Telesales Rep. (Booo)

    However I have a pretty good understanding of computers on both sides (hardware/Software), and have built several PCs in the past.

    I am looking to get into a Network Support Role and decided that I should do A+ and then Network + in order to achieve this - Would this be the best way??

    Thanks
    Phil
     
  2. wagnerk
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    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

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    The 3 main qualifications to go for when going for your first job in IT would be the A+, Network+ & the MCDST.

    While you have previous experience building PC's in the past, I assume for friends & family as you want to start a career in IT, no-one is going to hand over the keys to their network instructure to someone who has no industry experience, even with certificates.

    I don't say this to dismay you, but to ensure that you know what to expect.

    Welcome to CF :)

    -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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  3. greenbrucelee
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    greenbrucelee Zettabyte Poster

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    Hi Welcome:)

    I agree with Ken you will probably have to start at the bottom in a support role (at least you have customer service exp) then work your way up.
     
    Certifications: A+, N+, MCDST, Security+, 70-270
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  4. pallen

    pallen New Member

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    Hey :) thanks guys, Gonna look for a helpdesk job as I also have 2 years+ exp in a retail environment which I guess could count towards my Customer Service Experience.

    Also: Self Study or LP? that is the question :P
     
  5. wagnerk
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    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

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    That is entirely up to you and how you learn. I would say try self studying first of all and see how you go. If you feel as if you're not getting anywhere, then check out your local colleges to see if they do the course.

    -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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  6. Adrian.Popescu

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    Definitely mate. Go for it. Start your way up as a consultant or coustomer support as everyone here has already adviced you to. Good luck :thumbleft
     
    Certifications: City&Guild's Level2&3, CompTIA A&N+, MCP
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  7. Bluerinse
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    Bluerinse Exabyte Poster

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    I would hardly class a 'consultant' as entry level :wink:
     
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