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Newbie saying hello!!

Discussion in 'New Members Introduction' started by JonL, Apr 14, 2005.

  1. JonL

    JonL New Member

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    Hi
    Just thought I'd intro. myself, JonL from Kendal in Cumbria, 40-something attempting in vain to retrain for a career in IT!!!

    Had my visits from Computeach and nitlc and found this forum doing my research. I've read a lot of comments, all of them informative, computeach seem to be out of the window and nitlc seem to be the preferred choice if I can scrape up the fees. However this for me could be the difficult bit. Some members seem to be suggesting attempting the possibiity of studying for the CompTia+ leading to MCSE on my own. Does anybody think this possible for a relatively computer-literate 40'something years out of further education? Are the course manuals available? Do I need specialised computer equipment?

    Any advice gratefully received

    Thanks guys! :rolleyes:
     
    Certifications: BEC NAT Dip. (Business Studies)
    WIP: A career in IT Hopefully...lol
  2. tripwire45
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    tripwire45 Zettabyte Poster

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    First of all, Greetings JonL. Welcome to CertForums. As far as whether or not it's possible to retrain for a career in IT in your 40s, I'd have to answer a resounding "yes". I can give so confident an answer because that's exactly what I did. Started down this path about 5 years ago and am now successfully retrained and employed in IT.

    As far as materials and equipment needed, it depends on what you want to study. I assume when you use the term "CompTia+" you are referring to the CompTIA A+ certification. For that, it wouldn't hurt to have a few PCs around you and open up and take apart, put together, take apart, put together...well, you get the idea. In the A+ forums, there should be a "resources" thread pinned to the top with a listing for the Mike Meyers book. It is a great place to start when studying for this certification.

    Glad you found the place. Hope you hang around. Let us know how we can lend a hand. Cheers. :)
     
    Certifications: A+ and Network+
  3. JonL

    JonL New Member

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    Thanks for the advice and the welcome Trip
     
    Certifications: BEC NAT Dip. (Business Studies)
    WIP: A career in IT Hopefully...lol
  4. Jakamoko
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    Jakamoko On the move again ...

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    Hi from me too JonL - welcome to CF. Hope we can help you on the Cert Trail :)
     
    Certifications: MCP, A+, Network+
    WIP: Clarity
  5. punkboy101
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    punkboy101 Back from the wilderness

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    Hi JonL, welcome to CF. I hope that we can be of service. :D
     
    Certifications: CCNA
    WIP: Nada
  6. AJ

    AJ Administrator Administrator

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    WElcome from another nearly 40 something who has retrained :biggrin
     
    Certifications: MCSE, MCSA (messaging), ITIL Foundation v3
    WIP: Looking at doing ..................
  7. Jakamoko
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    Jakamoko On the move again ...

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    Certainly never refrained though !!! :biggrin :alc
     
    Certifications: MCP, A+, Network+
    WIP: Clarity
  8. AJ

    AJ Administrator Administrator

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    You better believe it m8 :twisted:
     
    Certifications: MCSE, MCSA (messaging), ITIL Foundation v3
    WIP: Looking at doing ..................
  9. nugget
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    nugget Junior toady

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    Hi JonL and welcome to the forum.:D
     
    Certifications: A+ | Network+ | Security+ | MCP (270,271,272,290,620) | MCDST | MCTS:Vista
    WIP: MCSA, 70-622,680,685
  10. NightWalker

    NightWalker Gigabyte Poster

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    Welcome to CF :)
     
    Certifications: A+, Network+, MCP, MCSA:M 2003, ITIL v3 Foundation

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