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Discussion in 'Employment & Jobs' started by soundian, Jan 6, 2013.

  1. soundian

    soundian Gigabyte Poster

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    Hi all,
    I'm looking for ideas/advice on where to go next in my studies.

    At the moment I'm a customer support manager for a start-up company supplying financial software, which involves second line support as well as all the day-to-day running of the service desk.

    I've got a meeting with my line manager in a few days where we will be discussing my personal development, amongst other things, and I'm really not sure where would be the best place to go from here as far as training/certs go.

    I'm thinking about looking for a new job, getting back into the more technical side of things, with networks being a particular area of interest for me.

    Any ideas on where to go as regards personal development in
    1) My current role
    2) Anything that will help in getting my next job
     
    Certifications: A+, N+,MCDST,MCTS(680), MCP(270, 271, 272), ITILv3F, CCENT
    WIP: Knuckling down at my new job
  2. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    Hi mate, it does sound difficult with you having a bit of a mixed management and technical role. I think thefirst thing you need to do is decide what way you want your career to go. Management or Technical. Tailor your certs to that path. It would be a shame to spend 12 months getting a 2012 MCSE that you will never use because you have become a line manager.

    You could perhaps study for certs that cross over into both areas. Security+ I feel is a handy cert for anyone as it boosts all round general IT security knowledge. It is handy to brush up on the different types viruses, trojans etc etc that can harm your employers business.

    Prince2 is another good one for both sides of the fence. It can help you manage projects from the ground up or at a higher
    level.

    Let us know how you get on
    Jim
     
    Certifications: BSc (Hons), HND IT, HND Computing, ITIL-F, MBCS CITP, MCP (270,290,291,293,294,298,299,410,411,412) MCTS (401,620,624,652) MCSA:Security, MCSE: Security, Security+, CPTS, VCP4, CCA (XenApp6.5), MCSA 2012, VCP5, VCP6-NV
  3. parman05

    parman05 Byte Poster

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    With networks in mind. Look into the network+ then the ccent/ccna.

    You might also want to look into some Microsoft certs. They helped me a lot with network problems OS related.
     
    Certifications: A+, Network +, MCTS WIN7 (70-680), MCITP WIN7 (70-685), MCSA WIN7, Linux +,LPIC-1, Novell CLA 11, SUSE 11 Tech Spec, DC Tech Spec
    WIP: 70-640, 70-642, security +, CCNA
  4. GSteer

    GSteer Megabyte Poster

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    Did you take a peek at his signature at all?

    "Certifications: A+, N+,MCDST,MCTS(680), MCP(270, 271, 272), ITILv3F, CCENT"

    Afraid I can't advise on network certs Soundian, not my area.

    What level of Windows server is your place running at? (if Windows ofc) - if you're hands on with the server side you could look towards which ever level of MCSA covers them.
     
    Certifications: BSc. (Comp. Sci.), MBCS, MCP [70-290], Specialist [74-324], Security+, Network+, A+, Tea Lord: Beverage Brewmaster | Courses: LFS101x Introduction to Linux (edX)
    WIP: CCNA Routing & Switching
  5. parman05

    parman05 Byte Poster

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    Lol I'm on talkatap I can't see sigs lol
     
    Certifications: A+, Network +, MCTS WIN7 (70-680), MCITP WIN7 (70-685), MCSA WIN7, Linux +,LPIC-1, Novell CLA 11, SUSE 11 Tech Spec, DC Tech Spec
    WIP: 70-640, 70-642, security +, CCNA
  6. Coupe2T

    Coupe2T Megabyte Poster

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    If Networks is an area you wants to focus and with what has been said before I would suggest the CCNA is the obvious next step? Then probably CCNP and then a speciality in Networking? Security, Voice, whatever takes your fancy!
     
    Certifications: ECDL, Does that Count!?!
  7. GSteer

    GSteer Megabyte Poster

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    That'd explain it ;)

    Full fat all the way!
     
    Certifications: BSc. (Comp. Sci.), MBCS, MCP [70-290], Specialist [74-324], Security+, Network+, A+, Tea Lord: Beverage Brewmaster | Courses: LFS101x Introduction to Linux (edX)
    WIP: CCNA Routing & Switching
  8. soundian

    soundian Gigabyte Poster

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    Thanks for taking the time everyone.

    Security+ is an option, I did the course for this supplied by my old work about 18 months ago and found it pretty easy.
    CCNA was also something I was considering, both as a refresher for my CCENT and because I like networking.

    Any thoughts on the new W8 cert (whatever the W8 equivalent of the 680 is?)
    The other thing I was thinking about was the 70-685 (which I just failed when I took it around a year ago)
     
    Certifications: A+, N+,MCDST,MCTS(680), MCP(270, 271, 272), ITILv3F, CCENT
    WIP: Knuckling down at my new job
  9. parman05

    parman05 Byte Poster

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    It still depends on what you want to do. If you want to look into a networking job you should focus on ccna.
     
    Certifications: A+, Network +, MCTS WIN7 (70-680), MCITP WIN7 (70-685), MCSA WIN7, Linux +,LPIC-1, Novell CLA 11, SUSE 11 Tech Spec, DC Tech Spec
    WIP: 70-640, 70-642, security +, CCNA
  10. soundian

    soundian Gigabyte Poster

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    I did crack open my Todd Lammle book last night.
    Oh boy, have I forgot some basic shizzle :-(
     
    Certifications: A+, N+,MCDST,MCTS(680), MCP(270, 271, 272), ITILv3F, CCENT
    WIP: Knuckling down at my new job
  11. soundian

    soundian Gigabyte Poster

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    That went in a direction I didn't expect. Now it looks like I'll be moving into development (I do a fair bit of scripting) with responsibility for one particular part of the project. I originally looked at developing when I decided to change career, but there didn't seem to be a way in without a degree. Definite food for thought.
     
    Certifications: A+, N+,MCDST,MCTS(680), MCP(270, 271, 272), ITILv3F, CCENT
    WIP: Knuckling down at my new job

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