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should i keep my hand in

Discussion in 'Training & Development' started by Johnd76, Aug 12, 2008.

  1. Johnd76

    Johnd76 Megabyte Poster

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    I have passed my MCDST, but as i have no IT job i find myself not "keeping my hand in" on the computer front.

    Im thinking of upgrading my MCDST to the Vista upgrade, shoild i concentrate on finding an IT job or maybe start studying for the upgrade?
     
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  2. onoski

    onoski Terabyte Poster

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    I'd concentrate on finding an IT job and then carry on cert wise, as experience as am sure you know is very valuable. Keep looking and something would come when you least expect, best wishes:)
     
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  3. Spilly

    Spilly Kilobyte Poster

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    Maybe the A+ might give you broader appeal to any potential employer.
     
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  4. Johnd76

    Johnd76 Megabyte Poster

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    So what does the A+ intail?
     
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  5. wagnerk
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    See here :) After the A+, if you're still looking for work, have a look at the Network+ :)

    -Ken
     
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  6. Johnd76

    Johnd76 Megabyte Poster

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    What books are best for studying A+
     
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  7. mickaveli2001

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    Mike Meyers: All In One Guide (Sixth Edition)

    Best selling to my knowledge, and easy to follow, comes with 2 discs, and you can pick it up for around £20
     
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  8. mickaveli2001

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    Oh yeh, this may be the only book you need to pass, but PC Technician's Street Smarts is also a very good book to buy when you are half way through :)

    extra book or two is no problem, as I feel the broader opinions, and preference on terminology is evident with 2/3 books by different authors
     
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  9. BosonMichael
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    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

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    I agree with all of the above advice: concentrate on finding an IT job, begin your A+ studies, and use Meyers' A+ AIO 6th. :)
     
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  10. Johnd76

    Johnd76 Megabyte Poster

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    I am actively looking for a job but until i find one i have decided against doing the Vista upgrade, I am going to do A+...........lets hope its the correct decision :)
     
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  11. dominoe

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    A+ is deffinatly a good one to go for, try and also look at getting some voluntary work if poss as well
     
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