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The Road Ahead....

Discussion in 'General Microsoft Certifications' started by Fluid, Aug 16, 2007.

  1. Fluid

    Fluid Byte Poster

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    Right lads, basically i turn 19 in september... time to get my act together! I signed up for a CCNA and CompTIA A+ course at my local college!! :) While ill be studying does two at college i will also be doing N+ and S+ at home. I hope to achive all four within the first year and while im studing hoping to find a first line support job. Secound year im looking at doing CCSP, MCSA and CEH. Well lets not jump the gun but thats the area i wish to go into, networking/security. Anyway does anyone have any advice? Any tips on getting jobs? CV tips?
     
  2. stuPeas

    stuPeas Megabyte Poster

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    Wow!! you're going to be busy. Its great to see a young man with such focus. I bet within 10 years, if you keep it up, you'll be in your dream job earning a bloody fortune. Nice One Mate :D
     
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  3. g.vangemerden

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    Handson-experience is the best cv-builder AND it helps you understand the theory your studying... so: to really get started with all this kind of information: start your own business.
    Help friends, colleagues, family and whomever asks for your help (in IT of course). Build PC's (especially when you're doing A+), Servers and networks (N+, CCNA) as much as you can. Play with it, destroy them and get them working again.

    If you're living with your parents, ask them for money for CISCO-routers (secondedhand is cheaper) and cables to wire the entire house (or do it wireless and get the Cisco Specialist Certification :D).

    Beware of getting to much certifications. Then the problem where you will run into is that, when you leave school, you are overqualified for entrylevel jobs. But on the other hand, you won't qualify for jobs where they ask for that much certifications, since you have no experience...

    Anyway, get A+, Network+, CCNA (though you'll find most of the theory is covered in Network+), beware of MCSA or at least don't expect to get a job as a fullblown sysadmin the day that you leave school and have no experience.

    Guido
     
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  4. BosonMichael
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    I would have recommended holding off on the CCNA until you've done your N+... but what's done is done. Best of luck!
     
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  5. grim

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    take it easy you've got alot a head of you and i'd recommend doing it over longer than a year

    grim
     
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  6. michael78

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    I would be carefull of cramming all that in 1 year as you will burn yourself out and it won't become enjoyable anymore. There is one thing in cramming it all in to get the certs but it's another thing in learning and taking it all in that will be of the most benefit to you.
     
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  7. Fluid

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    Thanks for the advice lads, well i know for a fact i can do 3 of does certs in a year, A+, N+ and CCNA, as A+ is fairly straight forward i think i know most of it from hands on experiance and N+ and CCNA are the same thing, doesnt the first two chapters of the CCNA cover N+?
     
  8. BosonMichael
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    1) Being able to do certs doesn't mean you should do certs.
    2) N+ and CCNA are *not* the same thing. Not even in the same league.
     
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  9. Sparky
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    Are you having a laugh mate? :biggrin

    Seriously though, get the A+ nailed and take it from there. 8)
     
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  10. Theprof

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    Good luck with the studies dude. Its going to be a tough one especially with CCNA
     
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