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Morning all!!

Discussion in 'New Members Introduction' started by fyerman, Jan 10, 2006.

  1. fyerman

    fyerman New Member

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    Morning all,

    I've been reading through the forum for a little while now, reading comments and appreciating the experience you all have with various nefarious training providers!!! Could have lost a fortune!!!

    Anyway, I'm in a conumdrum... looking at a career change and confused by which path to pursue. Unfortunately, as my wife puts it, I've read too much and I'm stuck at a crossroads! I've picked up a few books to self study but wonder if I've bitten off more than I can chew!! I'm hoping I can speak to some like minded people who can impart some wisdom to this confused soul!!! :biggrin
     
    Certifications: business computing course circa '96
  2. tripwire45
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    tripwire45 Zettabyte Poster

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    Good morning? Where are you? It's the middle of the night in the UK and evening in the US. Welcome to CertForums, fyerman. Can you narrrow it down for us. Do you have a particular area of IT that interests you?
     
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  3. fyerman

    fyerman New Member

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    Hi!!

    I'm a bit of a night owl trip... and I'm on holiday!!!

    Well, I'm particularly interested in development and have a few books for the mcad but have been learning that development is *very hard* to get into without experience. I'm also conscious that I might be trying to run before I can walk... Where do you think would be a good place to start???
     
    Certifications: business computing course circa '96
  4. Bluerinse
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    Bluerinse Exabyte Poster

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    Metaphorically speaking, you should definitely learn to walk the walk first. It doesn't matter what direction you take but make sure you have a very sound and solid understanding of the fundamental concepts.

    It is impossible to build knowledge of complex IT subjects without a very good understanding of the basics.

    I am not a developer so I can't give definitive advice - sorry.

    BTW, welcome to the forum :D

    Pete
     
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  5. simongrahamuk
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    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

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    Welcome to CF!

    You say that you are interested in development, however what is it that makes you say this? What is your background that gives you this interest?

    Like the guy's have said start with the basics and go from there, a solid foundation enables you to build on it.

    8)
     
  6. JonnyMX

    JonnyMX Petabyte Poster

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    Hello
     
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  7. fyerman

    fyerman New Member

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    Hi guys... I've noticed that I've probably come in all guns blazing.. sorry!!! I'm just a bit confused :oops:

    I'm a fairly competent user having repaired my fair share of catastrophes at home and for friends :twisted: but this is all in my own time (15 years or so accumulated knowledge... including a NZ business computing course)

    I started researching development after I got involved with excel macros and access database design at work and enjoyed it enough to want to do it all the time!!

    Bearing in mind that development would be a preferred path for me would the A+ be a good stepping stone???
     
    Certifications: business computing course circa '96
  8. hbroomhall

    hbroomhall Petabyte Poster Gold Member

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    Well - I'm principaly a developer, and work for a company as one (but I wouldn't pass MCAD as I'm lightweight on Windows dev).

    I'd suggest the best way is to pick up an old, or a student edition of the dev software and try and build something - prefereably something that interests you!

    Once you have a little experience of building stuff then I'd try and offer to build stuff for friends/family.

    After that you will find that you have enough experience to go to companies in response to their adverts.

    It all rather depends on where you are at the moment!

    Harry.
     
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  9. simongrahamuk
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    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

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    The A+ would give you a strong start with formal IT skills, admittedly it is not a developer cert, but I personally believe that in order to use computers fully you have to understand how they work.

    8)
     
  10. hbroomhall

    hbroomhall Petabyte Poster Gold Member

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    I'd say that A+ isn't really for you then - unless you want to continue 'teching' other peoples problems! It rather depends if you want to do dev work to exclusion of all else. If not then by all means go for A+ - it is a solid foundation for the nuts and bolts side of PCs.

    Harry.
     
    Certifications: ECDL A+ Network+ i-Net+
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  11. fyerman

    fyerman New Member

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    Cheers guys for the quick replies!!

    I like what you say... although I like the dev I'm not sure I want to do that to the exclusion of everything else...

    I'm looking towards the Architect cert for the longterm and would assume that having a formal cert for the 'nuts and bolts' could only be beneficial.

    It also seems that having many strings to your bow helps in this game!!!!
     
    Certifications: business computing course circa '96
  12. wizard

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    Hi there and welcome to CF.
     
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  13. Veteran's son

    Veteran's son Megabyte Poster

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    Welcome to the forums! :)
     
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  14. Boycie
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    Boycie Senior Beer Tester

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    Hi and welcome aboard.
    From what you say, you already have a lot of experience that would help you gain A+ pretty quick. As Harry said unless you want to go in the A+, N+ MCSE route then you might have to pay £200 for the cert...
    Let us know what you decide :thumbleft
     
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  15. Jakamoko
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    Jakamoko On the move again ...

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    Hi and welcome, fyerman - hope we can help. Feel free to join in when you can. :)
     
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  16. Bigsistermidnight

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    Hiya and welcome to the forum
     
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  17. nugget
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    nugget Junior toady

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    Hi and welcome to the forum. :thumbleft
     
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