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Would a A+ be useful to get ?

Discussion in 'A+' started by Flamehearted, Apr 14, 2005.

  1. Flamehearted

    Flamehearted Nibble Poster

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    Hiya all,

    I am looking to start a career in IT and am interested in Support. I have good IT skills and basic web design skills. I am thinking after reading these boards of self-studying for an A+ qualification.

    Is this a useful qualification to get ? Would it open any doors ? Ideally I would like to gain an entry level position in this field - would this help me do that ?

    How many other qualifications would I have to get (I'm thinking of doing Server+ after this) to stand a good chance of getting an entry level job ? :blink

    Sorry about the 20000 questions - but theres a lot of good advice on here and would appreciate your help :biggrin

    thanks,

    Martin
     
    Certifications: A+
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  2. punkboy101
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    punkboy101 Back from the wilderness

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    Yup, I think the A+ would definetly help you get your foot in the door. :D

    It's a pretty good place to start, and would be enough to get you a job as a PC tech. Most people choose this as their first cert, and alot of companies that do PC support/repair require it.

    HTH

    Andy
     
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  3. Flamehearted

    Flamehearted Nibble Poster

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    Hi Andy,

    Thanks for your reply - its really helpful. This forum is a Godsend. :biggrin

    What kind of salary could you expect as an entry level tech job ?

    Thanks again,

    Martin
     
    Certifications: A+
    WIP: Network +
  4. Jakamoko
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    Jakamoko On the move again ...

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    You may find the following link useful to answer your last question:

    http://content.monster.co.uk/section325.asp

    By the way, sorry if you already have, but why not swing by the New Members Forum and drop a more relaxed "hello" :)
     
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  5. AJ

    AJ Administrator Administrator

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    how longs a piece of string, but try some of the online agencies like www.jobserve.com or www.totaljobs.com.

    they should give you a good guide to what jobs are around and the current pay. I'm sure you will notice that the 25K per annum jobs are few and far between :cry:


    edit: bugger just notice Gav beat me to it never mind 8)
     
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  6. Flamehearted

    Flamehearted Nibble Poster

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    Thanks for that guys.

    When I type A+ into Jobsearch I only get 24 jobs - is that about right ?

    Also out of interest is there a board on here for development things like c# and sql ? :biggrin
     
    Certifications: A+
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  7. Jakamoko
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    Jakamoko On the move again ...

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    To be honest, I dont think I've ever seen A+ stipulated as a requirement for a job. Bear in mind, it is still really an entry level cert, compared to some of the more "advanced" offerings (eg MCSE, CCNA, etc). It's not so much showing that you have the A+, more that you will be able to say at interview or in application, that this is what you personally have gained, this is what you know, which is the basics in the industry you wish to progress in.

    In a nutshell ? We all have to start somewhere, and for many of us, A+ is it.

    HTH :)



    Yup - have a lok at Programming, Scripting and Web Design.
     
    Certifications: MCP, A+, Network+
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  8. Flamehearted

    Flamehearted Nibble Poster

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    Thanks !

    Do you think its possible to self-study for the Network+ exam as well ?
     
    Certifications: A+
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  9. Mitzs
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    Mitzs Ducktape Goddess

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    Yes you can. It helps if you have your own comp to pratice stuff on. 2 computers are even better.
     
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  10. Taz69

    Taz69 Byte Poster

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    In a word YES :) The N+ is will probably be a little tougher than the A+ ( Slightly higher pass mark ) but it is still one of the entry level certs and shouldn't be too tough.

    If you are hoping to progress onto the CCNA or MCSA/E then the Network+ is an excellent starting point. Pity that it isn't typically a requirement when looking for employment because it does provide a solid foundation on which to build upon.
     
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  11. Flamehearted

    Flamehearted Nibble Poster

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    Thanks :D

    Is the meyers book for network+ good as well ? I've ordered the one for A+. Sorry Im getting off topic here !
     
    Certifications: A+
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  12. Mitzs
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    Mitzs Ducktape Goddess

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  13. tripwire45
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    tripwire45 Zettabyte Poster

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    Mitzs, you might have to adjust your links for most people on this site to reflect the fact that about 99% live in the UK. :)
     
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  14. Mitzs
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    Mitzs Ducktape Goddess

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    :rolleyes: They can't order from Amazon? I would think amazon had a store over seas.
     
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  15. tripwire45
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  16. Mitzs
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  17. Flamehearted

    Flamehearted Nibble Poster

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    That link doesnt work :(
     
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  18. tripwire45
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    tripwire45 Zettabyte Poster

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    Which one? The one Mitzs posted or mine? I just tried them both and they both work.
     
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  19. Flamehearted

    Flamehearted Nibble Poster

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    Yours Tripwire - it justs takes me to the start page on Amazon when I click on it :(
     
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