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Which route would you advise?

Discussion in 'Training & Development' started by Varion, Dec 3, 2006.

  1. Varion

    Varion Bit Poster

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    Hi all,
    After several years in a dead end job Ive decided to retrain in IT, I have picked up a lot of knowledge over the years but have never been able actually get a qualification in what I know. I have researched through the web and your forums and am still a bit confused over where to start. A friend of mine said I should take an open Uni course in computing or IT, and another said I should do ECDL followed by A+ then go onto Cisco, Msce or N+. Some help please?
     
  2. Boycie
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    Boycie Senior Beer Tester

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    Hi and welcome to the forum.

    From the courses you mention, I assume you want to follow the networking/administration route?

    I would say depending on your knowledge, you might want to skip the ECDL and go for the A+; this will give you a good foundation whichever route you choose.

    Good luck.

    Si
     
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  3. UCHEEKYMONKEY
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    UCHEEKYMONKEY R.I.P - gone but never forgotten. Gold Member

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    I concure with Simon!

    A+ is the way to go. Most employers prefer experience in the field over qualifications. However having certs and experience in the IT field opens a lot of doors.

    The view from my Boss was University degree's are a waste of time, they are not as specialised as A+, N+ or Mircosoft Certs. Plus by the time you've got your degree the industry has changed.8)
     
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  4. Bluerinse
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    Bluerinse Exabyte Poster

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    Hmmm, your bosses view of uni degrees is somewhat glib.

    I don't have one myself but I wish I did.
     
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  5. Sparky
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    Just out of curiosity does your boss have a degree? :blink
     
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  6. Varion

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    Thx for replies people :)

    Looks like Ill start on A+ then. Think Ill go the self learn way, just had a look at some of the prices online courses cost, and a local college near me said it would cost me £900 to do it with them.

    Thx again :blink
     
  7. Mr.Cheeks

    Mr.Cheeks 1st ever Gold Member! Gold Member

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    Good choice and good luck with your studies...

    Give us a shout if you need help on your way. :thumbleft
     

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