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Discussion in 'New Members Introduction' started by mrgeo82, Feb 13, 2010.

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  1. mrgeo82

    mrgeo82 New Member

    Hi everyone.
    Decided to register with the forums on this site as I thought it looked like a good community to associate myself with.

    Here's a little about me:
    Currently, I am teaching I.T in a U.K secondary school and as far as work goes I find it okay. Nevertheless I would prefer to work within a more hand-on role in industry.
    From 2007 to 2009 I was supply teaching and obtained a Master Degree in Computer Networking with Merit, where Furthermore I also have a BSc Hons in Computer and Network Engineering 2001 - 2004 and a PGCE in Teaching obtaining QTS in 2006.

    At the moment I am actively applying for jobs in Industry but a lack of work experience is putting potential employers off and have been encouraged to sit certifications like Comptia A+ and CCNA.

    Before I finally get my foot through the door so to speak, would it be a good idea to take these Certs? Or will they not be of great benefit until I get experience working in some help desk/ support role and sitting these certs a couple of years down the line. If this was the case then I would be taking a pay cut initially but feel it would be worth it long term if it was a role I enjoyed?

    Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
    Kind regards ..........
    Certifications: BSc Honours, MSc Networking Professional
    WIP: CompTia A+ and Cisco CCNA Exp
  2. onoski

    onoski Terabyte Poster

    Hi again and welcome to CF:)
    Certifications: MCSE: 2003, MCSA: 2003 Messaging, MCP, HNC BIT, ITIL Fdn V3, SDI Fdn, VCP 4 & VCP 5
    WIP: MCTS:70-236, PowerShell
  3. JonnyMX

    JonnyMX Petabyte Poster

    Well, in the present economic climate, education rates alongside healthcare as one of the most recession-proof industries.

    No matter what happens, the same number of kids will be going to school.

    So, for the time being, my advice would be to stay where you are...
    Certifications: MCT, MCTS, i-Net+, CIW CI, Prince2, MSP, MCSD
  4. Gingerdave

    Gingerdave Megabyte Poster

    Good advice, but there is nothing to stop you doing the A+ and then N+ while you wait it out.
    Certifications: A+,MCP, MCDST, VCP5 /VCP-DV 5, MCTS AD+ Net Inf 2008, MCSA 2008
    WIP: MCSA 2012
  5. BosonMichael
    Highly Decorated Member Award

    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

    If you don't yet have any real-world IT experience, I'd recommend the A+, Network+, and MCDST... and I would NOT recommend the CCNA. Cisco certifications won't do you much good until you've built up some experience and are about to start touching Cisco gear in a real-world environment.
    Certifications: CISSP, MCSE+I, MCSE: Security, MCSE: Messaging, MCDST, MCDBA, MCTS, OCP, CCNP, CCDP, CCNA Security, CCNA Voice, CNE, SCSA, Security+, Linux+, Server+, Network+, A+
    WIP: Just about everything!

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