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Discussion in 'New Members Introduction' started by JohnBradbury, Mar 17, 2015.

  1. JohnBradbury

    JohnBradbury Kilobyte Poster

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    ... I've been gone a while.

    I joined CertForums in 2006 but I, I've been gone a while. Now I'm back I'm preparing to study for several Certifications, starting with MCSE: Server Infrastructure.

    As I'll be hanging around a lot I figured I'd reintroduce myself.


    John
     
  2. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    Hey welcome back John, always good to see an old member come back. Best of luck with your studies. Do you mind I ask, did you stay in IT? Did you just take a break from your studies?
     
    Certifications: BSc (Hons), HND IT, HND Computing, ITIL-F, MBCS CITP, MCP (270,290,291,293,294,298,299,410,411,412) MCTS (401,620,624,652) MCSA:Security, MCSE: Security, Security+, CPTS, VCP4, CCA (XenApp6.5), MCSA 2012, VCP5, VCP6-NV
  3. AJ

    AJ Administrator Administrator

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    Hey John long time no see.

    Welcome back to the fold :D
     
    Certifications: MCSE, MCSA (messaging), ITIL Foundation v3
    WIP: Looking at doing ..................
  4. SimonD

    SimonD Terabyte Poster Moderator

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    Welcome back :)
     
    Certifications: CNA | CNE | CCNA | MCP | MCP+I | MCSE NT4 | MCSA 2003 | Security+ | MCSA:S 2003 | MCSE:S 2003 | MCTS:SCCM 2007 | MCTS:Win 7 | MCITP:EDA7 | MCITP:SA | MCITP:EA | MCTS:Hyper-V | VCP 4 | ITIL v3 Foundation | VCP 5 DCV | VCP 5 Cloud | VCP6 NV | VCP6 DCV | VCAP 5.5 DCA
    WIP: VCP6-CMA, VCAP-DCD and Linux + (and possibly VCIX-NV).
  5. JohnBradbury

    JohnBradbury Kilobyte Poster

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    Thanks guys

    I took 3 year gap to be at home with the kids but I'm back contracting now they've gone to secondary school.
     
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  6. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    Good on you John, I'd love to do something like that. I have seen the odd contract around our way which is nice to see. I went into architecture but I'm considering sacking it off, going back technical and possibly contracting, see how I go, I change my mind daily. Great to see you back mate
     
    Certifications: BSc (Hons), HND IT, HND Computing, ITIL-F, MBCS CITP, MCP (270,290,291,293,294,298,299,410,411,412) MCTS (401,620,624,652) MCSA:Security, MCSE: Security, Security+, CPTS, VCP4, CCA (XenApp6.5), MCSA 2012, VCP5, VCP6-NV
  7. SimonD

    SimonD Terabyte Poster Moderator

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    Contracting is the way to go, I will probably go back contracting when I leave my current place. Sure the uncertainty factor isn't great but tbh I have that now already.
     
    Certifications: CNA | CNE | CCNA | MCP | MCP+I | MCSE NT4 | MCSA 2003 | Security+ | MCSA:S 2003 | MCSE:S 2003 | MCTS:SCCM 2007 | MCTS:Win 7 | MCITP:EDA7 | MCITP:SA | MCITP:EA | MCTS:Hyper-V | VCP 4 | ITIL v3 Foundation | VCP 5 DCV | VCP 5 Cloud | VCP6 NV | VCP6 DCV | VCAP 5.5 DCA
    WIP: VCP6-CMA, VCAP-DCD and Linux + (and possibly VCIX-NV).
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    SimonV Petabyte Poster Administrator

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    Good to see you back John, welcome back to the good ship CertForums.
     
    Certifications: MOS Master 2003, CompTIA A+, MCSA:M, MCSE
    WIP: Keeping CF Alive...
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  9. JohnBradbury

    JohnBradbury Kilobyte Poster

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    You're not wrong there Simon. It seems like job security is a rare commodity these days.
     
  10. SimonD

    SimonD Terabyte Poster Moderator

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    Exactly, I have seen 4 rounds of redundancy in the place I work at in the last 4 years, not sure I would last a 5th round, add in the more money you get as a contractor and it makes things very attractive.
     
    Certifications: CNA | CNE | CCNA | MCP | MCP+I | MCSE NT4 | MCSA 2003 | Security+ | MCSA:S 2003 | MCSE:S 2003 | MCTS:SCCM 2007 | MCTS:Win 7 | MCITP:EDA7 | MCITP:SA | MCITP:EA | MCTS:Hyper-V | VCP 4 | ITIL v3 Foundation | VCP 5 DCV | VCP 5 Cloud | VCP6 NV | VCP6 DCV | VCAP 5.5 DCA
    WIP: VCP6-CMA, VCAP-DCD and Linux + (and possibly VCIX-NV).
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    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    This is it mate, who's safe these days anyway. I have a meeting monday about going back technical mate, all this paper work isn't for me. I'll sharpen back up and go contracting I think
     
    Certifications: BSc (Hons), HND IT, HND Computing, ITIL-F, MBCS CITP, MCP (270,290,291,293,294,298,299,410,411,412) MCTS (401,620,624,652) MCSA:Security, MCSE: Security, Security+, CPTS, VCP4, CCA (XenApp6.5), MCSA 2012, VCP5, VCP6-NV
  12. SimonD

    SimonD Terabyte Poster Moderator

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    It's funny I was talking with a colleague last night saying I liked the management side of things but still liked the hands on approach as well, I am not sure if my next role will be management or technical, unlikely to be a management role in contracting tho :(
     
    Certifications: CNA | CNE | CCNA | MCP | MCP+I | MCSE NT4 | MCSA 2003 | Security+ | MCSA:S 2003 | MCSE:S 2003 | MCTS:SCCM 2007 | MCTS:Win 7 | MCITP:EDA7 | MCITP:SA | MCITP:EA | MCTS:Hyper-V | VCP 4 | ITIL v3 Foundation | VCP 5 DCV | VCP 5 Cloud | VCP6 NV | VCP6 DCV | VCAP 5.5 DCA
    WIP: VCP6-CMA, VCAP-DCD and Linux + (and possibly VCIX-NV).
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    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    It sounds like you might be suffering from the same thing as me mate. Architect or Manager back to Techie doesn't really happen, you just get in deeper and end up totally hands off. I wonder have I made my move too soon as I don't see technical work as a job, I see it as a hobby, even when it's hitting the fan. It's like a game I need to win, so I enjoy it. My linkedin will tell the tale but I can honestly see me going back to techie then contracting. I could go contracting as an Architect, still might, but truth be told I don't enjoy the work. I think I would but maybe at a later date in my career when I no longer have the energy to get my VCP 10. What do you think? Feeling similar?
     
    Certifications: BSc (Hons), HND IT, HND Computing, ITIL-F, MBCS CITP, MCP (270,290,291,293,294,298,299,410,411,412) MCTS (401,620,624,652) MCSA:Security, MCSE: Security, Security+, CPTS, VCP4, CCA (XenApp6.5), MCSA 2012, VCP5, VCP6-NV
  14. SimonD

    SimonD Terabyte Poster Moderator

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    Absolutely.

    I was in Cork yesterday\Today seeing a major security vendor and when they told me that they have a team dedicated to just playing with POC's and trying new things I thought to myself, I can see me doing that... made me realise that I am still very much a techy at heart.
     
    Certifications: CNA | CNE | CCNA | MCP | MCP+I | MCSE NT4 | MCSA 2003 | Security+ | MCSA:S 2003 | MCSE:S 2003 | MCTS:SCCM 2007 | MCTS:Win 7 | MCITP:EDA7 | MCITP:SA | MCITP:EA | MCTS:Hyper-V | VCP 4 | ITIL v3 Foundation | VCP 5 DCV | VCP 5 Cloud | VCP6 NV | VCP6 DCV | VCAP 5.5 DCA
    WIP: VCP6-CMA, VCAP-DCD and Linux + (and possibly VCIX-NV).

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