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Which way do I go now...!!!

Discussion in 'Training & Development' started by rrjohnboy, Aug 17, 2007.

  1. rrjohnboy

    rrjohnboy New Member

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    Good morning all

    Basically what i'm looking for is the best way into IT, I mean which qualification will get me onto the ladder quickest (i.e MCDST or Comptia A+)

    Ta for looking :biggrin
     
  2. grim

    grim Gigabyte Poster

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    depends what you want from an IT job, what do you see your self doing in 10 years ?

    grim
     
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  3. Alex Wright

    Alex Wright Megabyte Poster

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    Most on here will advise you to start with the A+. It's an entry level cert and unlike the MCDST, vendor neutral.

    http://certification.comptia.org/a/

    Best book for this cert (assuming you want to go down the self study route) is Mike Meyer's all-in-one 6th edition.

    Best of luck.

    Alex.
     
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  4. rrjohnboy

    rrjohnboy New Member

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    Thanks for that Alex

    Grim, i'm possibly looking towards CRM (oracle, sap or equivalent), but first I have to pay the electric lol :biggrin
     
  5. BosonMichael
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    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

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    That's a ways up the ladder, but certainly worth pursuing. Like the others said, the A+ is a great way to get your start so you can get an IT job and start building valuable experience.
     
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  6. Theprof

    Theprof Petabyte Poster Forum Leader

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    I agree with what's been said. Start small with something like A+ and Network+ just to get a good base and expand from there.
     
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  7. dmarsh

    dmarsh Terabyte Poster

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    Well it really depends, 'quick' isn't necessarilly 'good' ! :biggrin

    A+ or N+ are a good start for general IT knowledge and should help you get a basic IT support role.

    Theres many different jobs to do with CRM depends what you want to do, if you want to be technical an understanding of design, ERD's, and SQL will be useful as a minimum.

    You could go for the OCP cert, but you'll probably find it tough if its your first IT related course/cert.

    Siebel are probably the market leaders in CRM.

    Microsoft have entered the market :-
    http://www.microsoft.com/uk/dynamics/products/crm/default.mspx

    I don't think they currently have much traction but as we know you can never rule microsoft out ! They also offer Dynamics certs.

    Its possible to make your way into a business analyst or analyst developer role, however you will be up against alot of degree qualified people so its going to be hard unless you are very lucky.
     
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  8. dmarsh

    dmarsh Terabyte Poster

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    Apprenticeships are always an option but getting on one will be hard !

    IBM :-

    BT :-

    http://www.btplc.com/Careercentre/CareerStart-Apprentices/index.htm

    EDS :-

    http://www.mas.eds.co.uk/training.htm

    BAE :-

    http://www.employersforapprentices.gov.uk/index.cfm?action=CaseStudies.default&CaseStudyID=30

    Sure I've missed a few...

    eat your heart out Alan Sugar ! :biggrin
     
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  9. rrjohnboy

    rrjohnboy New Member

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    Thanks ever so much everyone, I really appreciate all your comments, think i'll do the A+ then see where it leads.

    Once again cheers & all the very best :D
     

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