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starting an IT career

Discussion in 'Training & Development' started by robskii91, Feb 28, 2012.

  1. robskii91

    robskii91 New Member

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    Hi,
    so glad i found this forum. A little bit about me first I'm 20 and recently had to drop out of university due to illness, i am slowly improving and have decided not to return to finish my degree which was in physical geography. I didn't enjoy it and have wanted for some time to quit. So I'm seeing my illness as a good thing to have a reason to get out and pursue what i really want to do with my life and that is a career in IT.

    This is where I'm hoping for some advice, i have basic knowledge of IT, but know i will need certifications but wondering if it's best to get them before trying to get a job or if there is a chance that i will be able to land a job without them and get them once employed and have more money behind me for them.

    Any advice on different certifications would be a great help, which ones are necessary and others you recommend, I've read around and the A+ seems to be a good starting point would i be correct? beyond that i have little idea. I want to gain quite a broad education in IT as i don't know what i will enjoy most so i believe for me at the moment nothing too field specific would be good would you agree?

    Also what sort of jobs should i be applying for would a IT help desk job be beyond me at the moment without any certifications?

    thanks in advance
    Rob
     
  2. alexdc12

    alexdc12 Kilobyte Poster

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    hi rob
    sorry to hear you were ill.
    By all means aply for jobs you never know if u dont try! in the meantime id do the A+ Course the book is about £30 and you can study at your own pace, there is also Professor Messer, CompTIA A+, Network+, Security+, Microsoft Certification Training which has free training videos for the whole course which are helpful.

    Good luck!
     
    Certifications: GNVQ Advanced IT, CompTIA A+, CompTIA N+, 70-680
    WIP: 70-685, ITIL v3 Foundation
  3. robskii91

    robskii91 New Member

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    thanks for your advice ill get cracking on the A+ course
     

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