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Discussion in 'New Members Introduction' started by HN1, Aug 6, 2009.

  1. HN1

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    Hi there everyone, new to the site although have been browsing the threads for a little while now, there are some decent threads!

    I've over 10 years IT Support exp in the City, last 5 years supervising a helpdesk. It's time for a change so i'm thinking of specialising in a technical area, something completely different to what i've done before.

    I have my ITIL foundation, practitioner and Managers certificates but have no IT certs. I'm thinking of going into Windows networking with a view to supporting wireless networks eventually.

    Question is do you think i should learn about networks and build my own small network or study a generic MCSA first? I have nothing against certs but i believe demonstrating that you can do something is much more desirable.

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  2. HN1

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    Reposting, responses required please!!!
     
  3. wagnerk
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    Patience young padawan... :)

    You've got the experience and with a view of where you want to be, I would say do the A+ & Network+ first of all. They do not expire and combined they count as the elective towards the MCSA. Carry on with the MCSA by creating your own lab at home, the client exam (70-270 or the 70-620) would be easier as you've been working on helpdesk. Now depending on how hands you're on with server work, the server exam (70-290) is harder than the client exam, but still passable. The last exam you'll be fronted with is the 70-291, now this is an exam even level 3 tech's/engineers have problems with, hence your lab at home as alot of the things you need to practice you won't be able to do at work, unless you're already doing that job. The 70-291 has one of the highest fail rates of any MS exam.

    I would also say look into Comptia's Security+.

    Now for the wireless aspects, I would say do the CWTS® Certified Wireless Technology Specialist to get your grounding with wireless technologies before moving on to higher wireless qualifications.

    Unfortunately, now-a-days generally, you do need both. Professional certs reflect your job role and responsibitilies - so having the higher level ones without the relevant experience won't help you. And when you're up against people with the same amount of experience as yourself, a little extra always helps... :)

    -ken
     
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  4. BosonMichael
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    Experience is always preferred over certifications... but that doesn't eliminate the need for certifications. Anything that gives you an advantage over your competition is worth doing.

    I would also recommend the A+ and Network+ to start. They shouldn't be difficult for you. Plus, remember, certification isn't about showing employers what you WANT to be doing... certification is about showing employers what you can ALREADY do.
     
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  5. BosonMichael
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    You'd probably be better off posting in your own thread instead of hijacking someone else's. :)
     
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  6. wagnerk
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    Post moved :)

    -ken
     
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  7. HN1

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    Thanks for some excellent advice, very motivating. Good point about studying certs for which you can demonstrate experience and also about setting up a lab for the MCSA. Had a look at the contents for A+ but seems like a lot of unnessary information but could be wrong. Might just do the MCSA!

    I'm just eager to learn something else but want to stay ahead of the game. Do you think Wireless Technology will grow in the future? I want to specialise in something eventually, not just sys admin type work (not that there is anything wrong with sys admin).

    Will keep you updated on my progress.

    Cheers
     
  8. BosonMichael
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    It likely will grow. But I would encourage you to pursue a field because you enjoy it... not because it might become the "next big thing".
     
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