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Advice for Study Courses

Discussion in 'New Members Introduction' started by michael.omahoney, Sep 20, 2008.

  1. michael.omahoney

    michael.omahoney New Member


    My first post, and I hope there is someone who can give me some advice on IT courses. I have just finished a level 2 ITQ (NVQ - Essential IT Skills for Work) and would like to do something more, possibly an MCSA or a Cisco course.
    If any of you have done an MCSA, could you give me an idea of what the course entails, and what the job market is like for MCSA graduates.
    Certifications: ITQ Level2 Essential IT Skills for Work
    WIP: Possibly a MCSA
  2. BosonMichael
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    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

    I've done the MCSA... but I've never taken a course.

    With or without relevant real-world IT experience? Without experience, there's not really a market. Employers won't give you a job administering servers (an MCSA-level job) with certifications alone. Microsoft recommends 6 months of server admin experience before pursuing the MCSA.
    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!
  3. wagnerk
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    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

    Hi & welcome to CF :)

    Congrats on finishing the iTQ 2.

    Without experience, I recommend that you look at the MCDST first of all on the Microsoft route of certifications. If you're looking for something more, have you taken a look at the iTQ 3? Depends on where you do it, you may find a centre that integrates the ACA or the CCENT program in it.

    Like BM already stated:

    As for what's on the MCSA, see here.

    Certifications: CITP, PGDip, BSc, HNC, LCGI, PTLLS, MCT, MCITP, MCTS, MCSE, MCSA:M, MCSA, MCDST, MCP, MTA, MCAS, MOS (Master), A+, N+, S+, ACA, VCA, etc... & 2nd Degree Black Belt
    WIP: MSc in Tech Management
  4. Qs

    Qs Semi-Honorary Member Gold Member

    Hello and welcome to the forums! :)
    Certifications: MCT, MCSE: Private Cloud, MCSA (2008), MCITP: EA, MCITP: SA, MCSE: 2003, MCSA: 2003, MCITP: EDA7, MCITP: EDST7, MCITP: EST Vista, MCTS: Exh 2010, MCTS:ServerVirt, MCTS: SCCM07 & SCCM2012, MCTS: SCOM07, MCTS: Win7Conf, MCTS: VistaConf, MCDST, MCP, MBCS, HND: Applied IT, ITIL v3: Foundation, CCA
  5. wizard

    wizard Petabyte Poster

    Hi there and welcome :D
    Certifications: SIA DS Licence
    WIP: A+ 2009
  6. madskillz

    madskillz Nibble Poster

    Welcome :D
    Certifications: MCSA, MCDST, ITIL v3 F
    WIP: 70-293

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