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Discussion in 'Training & Development' started by soundian, Feb 17, 2011.

  1. soundian

    soundian Gigabyte Poster

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    I'm having a bit of trouble deciding what cert to do next. I need to do something because I'm sitting around at home vegging out because I have nothing to study. I think I have a bad cert habit. :D

    I've just started working in an ITIL environment, so that may be an option. From what I've heard it'll certainly make sure I get to sleep early on schoolnights.

    We use XP and Office 2003, but most issues are with bespoke apps, I need to know my way around XP but my knowledge so far seems to be standing me in good stead. The 70-270 might be handy to study though.

    I have an interest in networking so I'd like to study more. The CCENT is tweaking my interest, I just don't like the vendor-specific nature of it.

    The Security+ is another option, although less attractive now that I have to recertify or meet a ridiculous amount of criteria every 3 years.

    I'll probably bash out the 70-620 but I want to wait 2-3 months, I've got the book, studied for it, but switched to the 70-680 before taking the exam. It'll be a cakewalk after the 70-680, and more CV fodder.


    What's everyone's opinion?
     
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  2. BosonMichael
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    D. All of the above. :p
     
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  3. soundian

    soundian Gigabyte Poster

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    Thanks for the help BM. :rolleyes:
    No wonder you have so many posts. :p

    EDIT: I could probably handle two at a time actually.
     
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  4. BosonMichael
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    Doing them one-at-a-time is fine... I guess what I'm saying is that it doesn't matter what order you do them in. The important thing is that you do them. :)
     
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  5. coolc

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    do ur mcse bro
     
  6. nugget
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    What do you mean you have nothing to study? What are you actually studying right now? I ask only because it's rather confusing, have you taken the exam for the 70-680 yet?

    It seems to me that you have started studying for the 70-620 and then broke it off for the 70-680 but no exams yet. You also work with XP still so I think thats also a good one to go for.

    Seems that you still have plenty to study. :twisted:
     
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  7. ethernet0

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    Yes he has passed 70-680.
     
  8. soundian

    soundian Gigabyte Poster

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    I don't work with servers and neither am I likely to soon.
    I don't work with Cisco gear so I'm reticent about the CCENT.
     
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  9. BosonMichael
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    Sounds like you might need a bit of an employment change. ;)
     
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  10. j1mgg

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    You could just go ahead with the MCSA hoping you may get promoted to second line or even another job. XP client exam would be a choice or the win7 exam.

    Hows the 2 weeks been any way?
     
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  11. soundian

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    @BM
    What I need is another 6-12 months experience before I look elsewhere. The certs I listed are the ones which I think will give me a better chance of progressing when I think I'm ready to move on/up.

    @j1mmg
    Mmm. The 70-291 might be what I'm looking for as far as stretching my networking knowledge. Once my finances settle down I'm going to get a technet subscription and I was planning on setting up a home domain to have a play about with.
    Work is good. After 4 days training and 3 days doing only password resets I got thrown to the wolves.
     
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  12. soundian

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    After thinking about it for a while, I've ordered an ITILv3F book. I've also decided to study for the 70-270 but haven't tracked down a book yet.
    I've taken the decision to do those based on the "certify what you know" principle. I'm working in an ITIL environment and exclusively with XP so by the time I take these exams I'll have enough experience to back them up. After that I can think about dipping my toes into the murky waters of specialisation.
     
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  13. wagnerk
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    I was going to recommend doing the ITIL v3 Foundation first, provided you have the determination you can self-study and pass the exam in a week (I did that).

    -ken
     
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