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Thinking of starting CCNA...oh and hi everyone :)

Discussion in 'New Members Introduction' started by leeroy, Oct 25, 2007.

  1. leeroy

    leeroy New Member

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    Hi all,
    I am currently working in a job repairing plasma/LCD televisions and also computers, I also do other mundane techie stuff like contracts for UK digital assisting with the digital switchover and various commercial IT contracts.

    I currently have a comptia A+.

    My story is that I had to go to my GP today who told me I am suffering from prepatellar bursitis (Housemaids knee) which is basically an inflamed knee. It is caused by kneeling, something I do a lot of as I either spend my day under someones desk or kneeling around a large plasma TV on the floor.
    The doctor advised me that this painful problem will never go away as long as im doing the job im doing which is why I have bored you all with my recent medical history. This has spurned me to better myself and I am considering starting a CCNA. I am totally unaware of how to go about it so I will be spending much time on here finding out how. The OU do a course for £740 but that doesnt include the exam which I have to arrange myself, is this good value?
    Is there anyone on here in a similar position or who has done the CCNA who could advise on how to go about it? I dont necessarily expect a reply as im going to spend the next few hours finding all this out myself but some tips would be nice.

    anyways nice to see you all and hopefully I will get to know some of you soon.

    :)
     
    Certifications: A+
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  2. greenbrucelee
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    Hi Welcome :)

    Have you thought about self study, also I would get some proper basic grounding in Networks before doing CCNA about the N+?
     
    Certifications: A+, N+, MCDST, Security+, 70-270
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  3. BosonMichael
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    It's quite a jump going from PC tech to network administrator. Have you considered working your way up the career ladder by getting a system administrator or senior desktop support position? Without networking experience and a bit of Cisco experience, the CCNA won't do you a great deal of good.

    Like GBL advised, have you considered doing the Network+? I'd also recommend the MCDST.

    Welcome to the forums!
     
    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!
  4. onoski

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    Welcome to CF:biggrin, another advocate for self study and considering your experience level and aspiration for networks I'd say start with the Network+ exam.
     
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  5. leeroy

    leeroy New Member

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    Thanks for the advice, ive been looking around and I agree im not ready for CCNA at all.
    I suspect I will go down the Network+ route and perhaps work towards an MCSA. Then I may consider starting CCNA.
    This forum has paid off already.

    Cheers :)
     
    Certifications: A+
    WIP: not decided yet
  6. greenbrucelee
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    Before doing the MCSA make sure your actually working in IT first as you should have at least 6 months or experience.

    Good luck with N+
     
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  7. Bluerinse
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    Welcome to the forum leeroy.

    Also, and i hate to say it.. you might find yourself kneeling down a lot supporting PCs and networks :wink:

    Pete
     
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  8. greenbrucelee
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    Yep and opening desktop pc cases can make you bleed A LOT :blink
     
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  9. BosonMichael
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    Not just 6 months of experience in IT... 6 months of experience doing network administration in a multi-site company with more than 250 users and at least 3 domain controllers: link
     
    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!
  10. Rafek

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    Hello and welcome.

    I think you're right to study the network+ first to gain a better understanding of networking before the CCNA:biggrin
     
    Certifications: A+, Network+
    WIP: IPT/IPCC stuff
  11. wizard

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    I have plenty of bumps and bruises mainly on my head when rummaging around under users desks, following network cables to where I think they are plugged into, great fun especially when the floors and are really grubby and dusty, many a time, my black trousers have turned grey at the end of the day :D

    Welcome to CF 8)
     
    Certifications: SIA DS Licence
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