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New Blood!!!

Discussion in 'New Members Introduction' started by Saku, Sep 9, 2008.

  1. Saku

    Saku New Member

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    Hiya,

    Jus thought i'd introduce myself, basically looking to get into computing as always had an interest in them, right from when i first picked up my SNES controller and played street fighter! Doesnt matter what you do nowadays, at some stage you will always use a computer whether it be your job, browsing on the net or simply chillin out on a game of PRO (not a fifa boy sorry)

    So anyway, im looking to get into networking and after reading a lot of stuff on the net and also had the pleasure of a computeach rep come round my house!!! Im just really looking for some help and advice on where to begin.

    My knowledge of IT and computing is about average, as in if theres a problem with my PC, i generally no how to fix it however when it comes to networking im some what of a novice, i mean i roughly no how a network functions and i no there are different types however thats where it ends really

    So anyway there were two courses i was looking at and was wondering which one (could even be both) would be best to begin. Whether to start IT essentials or MCDST. Im going to my local college sometime this week but thought i'd ask u guys aswell

    Or well thank-you for reading look forward to ur h&a
     
  2. greenbrucelee
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    greenbrucelee Zettabyte Poster

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    The certs best to do are A+, N+ and MCDST. The A+ covers PC basics and hardware basic, the N+ covers networking and MCDST covers supporting XP and the applications that run on it.

    Those 3 certs are the most recommended ones for people trying to get into IT as they require very little experience to do them.

    You can ofcourse do those at a college if they offer them (I would recommend staying away from companies like Advent & Computeach) or you could self study them and save yourself a ton of cash.

    Welcome to the forums :)
     
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  3. Qs

    Qs Semi-Honorary Member Gold Member

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    Hello and welcome to the forums! :)

    GBL has some good advice. If you require more then check the appropriate forum sections. :)

    Qs
     
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  4. Johnd76

    Johnd76 Megabyte Poster

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    Hi and welcome to CF
     
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  5. Naive

    Naive Byte Poster

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    Hi & Welcome to CF :D

    Look here for A+
    Then here for N+
    And here for MCDST

    Also another good link which explains more about self-studying here

    Get your CV up and running and start applying for 'entry level' - 'helpdesk' - '1st line support' - 'Desk top Tech/Analyst' etc..
    It is a tough and competitive field to crack, but with perseverance you should be able to start from the bottom and go from there.

    Don't be jaded by the £30/40k starting pay upon completing certifications you may have been offered (MCSE etc..) because it's not reallistic, you'd have to start from scratch and work your way up.

    Good luck :thumbleft
     
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  6. wagnerk
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    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

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    Hi & 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
    WIP: PGDip
  7. craigie

    craigie Terabyte Poster

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    Welcome to Cert Forums, I started on the MCDST rather than the A+ or N+.

    Have a read of the information supplied by Naive and choose which one interests you most and gor for it!
     
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  8. Notes_Bloke

    Notes_Bloke Terabyte Poster

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    Hi & welcome to CF:D

    NB
     
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  9. BosonMichael
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    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

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    Another vote for self-study... you don't need to spend ridiculous amounts of money on training courses. :)

    Welcome to the forums!
     
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    WIP: Just about everything!
  10. wizard

    wizard Petabyte Poster

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    Hi there and welcome :D
     
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  11. nugget
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    Hi and welcome to the forum. :biggrin
     
    Certifications: A+ | Network+ | Security+ | MCP (270,271,272,290,620) | MCDST | MCTS:Vista
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  12. Saku

    Saku New Member

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    Thanx for the replies and advice

    im the kind of person who really learns best in a classroom evironment, however ive had a word with a local college and they have a course which does both the MCDST and also A+ included that includes all the exam fees.

    At the mo im working at a place which is more of a end user of IT, so looking to get a job in more of a technical support role therefore giving me hands on experience along with working towards these two (MCDST & A+) qualifications.
     
  13. Naive

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    Sounds like a good plan, If you find classroom based study more efficient for your learning then go for it! How much is the MCDST/A+ course by the way?

    However, my personal advice would be for you to get accustomed to self studying, as it as been mentioned in other threads, that due to I.D technologies updating all the time, you'll have to self study sooner or later anyway :)
     
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  14. Ambushed

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    Enjoy your stay.
     
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  15. sunn

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    Welcome aboard...

    From experience,
    I'd suggest self-studying first, and if you really want to spend money on training partners you can do so after the self-study attempt.
     

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