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Where to Begin?

Discussion in 'A+' started by MFirm, Dec 24, 2008.

  1. MFirm

    MFirm Bit Poster

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    Hi

    I want to start to self study for a career in IT. Where do i begin? What do i need to do 1st? I assume the CompTIA A+ is the 1st certification is this where i begin? If so, what books, materials should i buy?

    Many Thanks

    MFirm
     
  2. Daniel

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    Welcome to CF!

    What sort of experience do you have with computers? :biggrin
     
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  3. MFirm

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    Im pretty good with them, im not a beginner. Self taught really.
     
  4. MFirm

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    Hey!

    Ive just found the thread i was looking for - a guide to self study. I imagine this is my best bet?
     
  5. Daniel

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    Well I can't really speak for A+, but everyone on this forum who's does it would probably highly recommend you start with A+ as a good starting point :biggrin

    I went down the Microsoft path, which if you want we can discuss further.
     
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  6. MFirm

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    Thansk for your quick replies but i think i will start with the CompTIA and then work my way from there - thanks again
     
  7. Evilwheato

    Evilwheato Kilobyte Poster

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    You'll see a lot of people who have studied A+ and then moved onto Network+. After they go onto Microsoft certs :)
     
  8. wagnerk
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    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

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    Good choice :) The A+ give a good solid vendor neutral base to build on, and unlike the MCDST (70-271 & 70-272) it covers physical hardware and customer service. The A+ & Network+ compliments the MCDST (and vice-versa).

    -ken
     
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  9. BosonMichael
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    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

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    Yep, A+ is the best cert to do starting out.

    For books, I would recommend two:
    - A+ All-in-One Exam Guide, Sixth Edition by Mike Meyers
    - PC Technician Street Smarts by James Pyles (who is an active member of this forum - another good reason to frequent this site!)

    There are also computer-based videos and practice exams you can buy, though they are by no means required. Personally, I don't care much for video-based training, so I don't have a good recommendation there. And I work for a practice exam company, so my opinion there would be quite biased!

    Welcome ot the forums. :)
     
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  10. onoski

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    Hi and welcome to CF:)
     
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