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Noob says hi, thanks and help!

Discussion in 'New Members Introduction' started by richbillassoc, Nov 14, 2007.

  1. richbillassoc

    richbillassoc New Member

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    Hi there. Firstly, great forum: I've spent the last couple of hours searching and browsing certf and found some really helpful answers to some questions, so big thanks. I think I'm convinced by the self study argument...

    I studied for an MSc in Computing Science 5 years ago. Since then I have worked for a small charity in London managing a project training older people in basic computer skills. I also manage the orgs ICT functions but with no dedicated IT staff - the charity hasn't enough resources to do everything it would like, and no training budget to speak of. I've done little bits of everything - PC/user support, IT training, procurement, networking/server admin (Windows 2003), database build/admin/querying (Access) and general project management - but none of it with any real guidance, support or structure.

    I want to change jobs, but unsure what role to go for. I feel like a jack of all trades, master of none, and low on confidence. I've aslo been a bit lazy in terms of ongoing personal development which I now want to put right. I think I want to develop a specialism but not sure what. I'm tempted by trying to go the support role route, or maybe project management, maybe data analysis. However, designing/building/messing around with databases is what I most enjoy, but I only really have experience of Access.

    Any advice on either how to make a decision on what route to take, or gaining more skills, confidence, hands on experience, certifications, etc in wider database stuff would be much appreciated. Till then, I'll keep searching certformums.

    Rich
     
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  2. BosonMichael
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    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

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    I've stayed a jack-of-all-trades in network administration, and it's not hurt my career one bit. :)

    Go for whatever roles interest you. You've built up a little experience... now put it to use by getting you a better position. Get whatever certifications that interest you which are relevant to your current responsibilities to prove that you have that knowledge.

    Welcome!
     
    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!
  3. greenbrucelee
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    Hi Welcome

    Some good advice from BM there.
     
    Certifications: A+, N+, MCDST, Security+, 70-270
    WIP: 70-620 or 70-680?
  4. stutheview

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    Welcome
     
    Certifications: A+, N+, MCP 70-270 70-290
    WIP: 70-291
  5. nXPLOSi

    nXPLOSi Terabyte Poster

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    Welcome to CF :)
     
    Certifications: A+, Network+, Security+, MCSA 2003 (270, 290, 291), MCTS (640, 642), MCSA 2008
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  6. vlb

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    always good advice
     
    Certifications: MCDST, MCP 70-294
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  7. onoski

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    Hi and welcome to CF:) you might want to seriously consider going for the A+ self study route. Basically, get the A+ book by Mike Myers go through it at your own pace making sure you explore the exercises hence another spare computer on the side.
     
    Certifications: MCSE: 2003, MCSA: 2003 Messaging, MCP, HNC BIT, ITIL Fdn V3, SDI Fdn, VCP 4 & VCP 5
    WIP: MCTS:70-236, PowerShell
  8. wizard

    wizard Petabyte Poster

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    Hi there and welcome 8)
     
    Certifications: SIA DS Licence
    WIP: A+ 2009
  9. UCHEEKYMONKEY
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    UCHEEKYMONKEY R.I.P - gone but never forgotten. Gold Member

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    Hello & welcome to CF:biggrin

    I agree with BM and Onoski you have to do some soul searching find out where your strength lies what motivates you and the decided which route to take for certification.

    A+ is always a good starting point for anything in IT.
     
    Certifications: Comptia A+
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  10. Theprof

    Theprof Petabyte Poster Forum Leader

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    Hello and 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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