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My Intro, Gangnam Style!

Discussion in 'New Members Introduction' started by Sparxeh, Oct 23, 2012.

  1. Sparxeh

    Sparxeh New Member

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    Now I have your attention chaps, just a quick hello from me! :D

    My name's Josh and I'm from Lincolnshire in England. I'm 20 years old, turning 21 in January. I currently work for a merchant services company providing technical support to customers for their Chip & PIN card terminals, which I have done for just over 2 years now.

    I have always had a massive interest in IT and Networking since I was about 11 years old. Unfortunately I never found or been given the opportunity to work specifically in IT. Outside of work I am always building PCs for friends, family and colleagues. I also do a lot of troubleshooting, setting up basic home networks, replacing faulty hardware, etc. Very comfortable with the Windows OS, Office package, etc. So I have a strong foundation of knowledge touching base with most aspects of IT (except programming, hate!). But I have nothing on paper or actual real 'work' experience to brag to an employer that would qualify for me a real IT job. :(

    I have now decided I really want to do my best to get into the IT industry. In turn I have created myself a little certification path. Now I know certs don't get you instant jobs/offers, but I can use them to open doors a little easier and look more attractive to potential employers! I have listed my 'wishlist' of certs in order how I want to achieve and work towards them. If anyone has experience or any critics to make, feel free! :D


    • A+
    • Network+
    • Security+
    • Server+ (possibly, not 100% on this)
    • MCSA: Windows Server 2008 or 2012 (not decided, by the time I come to this, it'll probably be worth doing 2012)
    • MCSA: Windows 7 or 8 (same as above)

    Then I decide whether to commit further down the Windows route over the years, do I look more into IT/Server Admin jobs for schools, colleges, unis, SME firms, etc who use Windows? Or do I go down the Cisco route? Potentially harder, but I have already had a look through some CBT Nuggets videos for Cisco certs and I feel quite comfortable working towards them when the time comes.


    • CCENT
    • CCNA
    • CCNP
    • CCNP Security or Voice

    I won't keep going as I get far too ahead of myself! My long term goal over the next few years is to complete the A+, Net+, Sec+, maybe Srv+ and maybe even MCSA certs if I can keep on the ball.

    Wishful thinking! Hope to visit the forums and take part when I can. 8)

    P.S. Sorry, this hello wasn't as quick and brief as expected!
     
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2012
    WIP: A+ 2012, Network+, Security+
  2. jvanassen

    jvanassen Kilobyte Poster

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    Welcome :)

    You've definitely set yourself a plan lol. Do the A+ and N+ and then see what you fancy id say. You never know things might change and you might be better of doing another certification if you find a job etc. A+ then N+ is a good starting point though. Good Luck!
     
    Certifications: CompTIA A+, Network+, CCENT
    WIP: ICND2 200-101
  3. craigie

    craigie Terabyte Poster

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    Welcome aboard, looks like you have got a plan!
     
    Certifications: CCA | CCENT | CCNA | CCNA:S | HP APC | HP ASE | ITILv3 | MCP | MCDST | MCITP: EA | MCTS:Vista | MCTS:Exch '07 | MCSA 2003 | MCSA:M 2003 | MCSA 2008 | MCSE | VCP5-DT | VCP4-DCV | VCP5-DCV | VCAP5-DCA | VCAP5-DCD | VMTSP | VTSP 4 | VTSP 5
  4. Kopite_21

    Kopite_21 Gigabyte Poster Premium Member

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    Welcome to CF!
     
    Certifications: National Diploma IT Advanced ECDL
    WIP: A+
  5. Notes_Bloke

    Notes_Bloke Terabyte Poster

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    Welcome to CF:D

    Good plan & good luck :D

    NB
     
    Certifications: 70-210, 70-215, A+,N+, Security+
    WIP: MCSA
  6. Beerbaron

    Beerbaron Megabyte Poster

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    Its good to set targets but your career will probably change direction quite often when you hit things you enjoy or dislike. Keep an open mind.
     
    Certifications: BSc (Hons), MSc, ITIL v3F, MCP, MCDST, MCITP: edst7, MCTS, MCSA: Server 2003, MCSA: Windows 7, N+, NVQ IT lvl 3, MCSA Windows 7, VCP5, CCENT, CEH
    WIP: CISSP
  7. Sparxeh

    Sparxeh New Member

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    Agreed. I'm pretty open to the concept and understand the further I progress, my interests may change or life may tweak me to a different aspect of IT.

    Initially though I do fully intend on completing the A+, Net+ and Sec+ so I have touched base with most aspects of IT and have a strong fundamental understanding.
     
    WIP: A+ 2012, Network+, Security+
  8. Theprof

    Theprof Petabyte Poster Forum Leader

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    Welcome to CF!
     
    Certifications: A+ | CCA | CCAA | Network+ | MCDST | MCSA | MCP (270, 271, 272, 290, 291) | MCTS (70-662, 70-663) | MCITP:EMA | VCA-DCV/Cloud/WM | VTSP | VCP5-DT | VCP5-DCV
    WIP: VCAP5-DCA/DCD | EMCCA

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