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Discussion in 'New Members Introduction' started by Blowfish, Jun 4, 2007.

  1. Blowfish

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    Hi everyone, first may I say a big thank you to all who post on this site, I have read a lot already and have picked up some tips and good advice. About four years ago I passed my Network + in hope that I would be able to get a job in IT, I however got a job working on aircraft, my current trade, and thought all was well but now I learn that I may not have a job in 10 months time. My thoughts have turned back to IT for employment. I had thought about a course with Computeach and in fact got a meeting next week, but after reading some advice given to others on here and the associated costs will probably cancel it. I was also looking at a franchise with Pitman computers but at £23000, thought that was a little steep even though it is the area I would like to go into (Home visits etc). I nearly have a plan of action and that is to self study for A+ and depending how long it takes another cert, then try to get an entry job somewhere. I am not after mega money but a reliable, enjoyable job (I am willing to suffer a while to get to that stage though). Will my Network + cert still count for anything? I know my age may be against me at 45 next birthday , but I am still too young to stack paint at B&Q.
     
    Certifications: A+ Network+ MCP (70-270)
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  2. Jakamoko
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    Jakamoko On the move again ...

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    A very warm welcome, Blowfish. Glad we could help already - here's hoping you can do the same for others :D
     
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  3. BosonMichael
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    Yes, your Network+ certification is still quite valid. Once you're Network+ certified, you're certified for life.

    Getting the A+ certification is a great idea. That said, don't wait on the certification - start looking for an entry-level job now. Worst thing that could happen is you don't get hired... which is the same situation you're in right now, isn't it? :)

    I know people who were older than you when they started in IT, so fear not! :)

    Welcome to the forums!
     
    Certifications: CISSP, MCSE+I, MCSE: Security, MCSE: Messaging, MCDST, MCDBA, MCTS, OCP, CCNP, CCDP, CCNA Security, CCNA Voice, CNE, SCSA, Security+, Linux+, Server+, Network+, A+
    WIP: Just about everything!
  4. wagnerk
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    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

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    Welcome to CF, glad you're looking into joining the rest of us IT Professionals and don't worry about your age :)

    -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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  5. Boycie
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    Boycie Senior Beer Tester

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    Hi and welcome to CF.

    Do you work for GE or DARA?? It seems a lot of the boys there are being laid off. :rolleyes:

    Good luck with the certifications and job hunting.

    Boyce
     
    Certifications: MCSA 2003, MCDST, A+, N+, CTT+, MCT
  6. Headache

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  7. tripwire45
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    Greetings, Blowfish. I'll be 53 next month and am a technical writer for Sakson & Taylor as well as a technical book author. I say all this to point out that there's life in the technology field for us "older guys". :wink:
     
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  8. zebulebu

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    So - Blowfish eh?

    Are you going to explain to us how your 64-bit block size is susceptible to the Birthday attack?

    Or how your bloated footprint size precluded your use in smartcards?

    Maybe an expose on the merits of using BCrypt for your removable storage?

    :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

    Welcome to the board

    (if the above doesn't make sense to you don't worry. It still doesn't make much sense to me either!)
     
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  9. Jakamoko
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    Jakamoko On the move again ...

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    When did Mike get all Welsh on us ?? :blink



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  10. BosonMichael
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    Please explain, for us 'Mericans... 8)
     
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    WIP: Just about everything!
  11. Raffaz

    Raffaz Kebab Lover Gold Member

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    Welcome to CF!:)
     
    Certifications: A+, MCP, MCDST, AutoCAD
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  12. wizard

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    Hi there and welcome 8)
     
    Certifications: SIA DS Licence
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  13. hbroomhall

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    Hi and welcome to CF!

    Harry.
     
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  14. stuPeas

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    Welcome, and you are as young as the women you feel!!!
     
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  15. wizard

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    Now that could open the gate to a very dubious path :D
     
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  16. Blowfish

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    Yes I see where your coming from but I have plenty of time to study at work! so self study and getting paid for it is hard to resist. However if a job did come along then I would probably grab it.
     
    Certifications: A+ Network+ MCP (70-270)
    WIP: 70-271 or 70-620
  17. Blowfish

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    No I work for Babcock, all the DARA boys have now left apart from the VC10 Guys.
     
    Certifications: A+ Network+ MCP (70-270)
    WIP: 70-271 or 70-620

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