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Another Newbie

Discussion in 'New Members Introduction' started by t®oUbLe, Jun 10, 2008.

  1. t®oUbLe

    t®oUbLe New Member

    Hi Folks

    Finally deciding to go for a Cert, unfortunately I'm not disciplined enough to study at home so I'm looking at affordable tutor led courses
    I've been a hobbyist for a few years although my PC has gathered a bit of dust in the last few years because I found it difficult to be a geek AND keep my girlfriend
    I'm working in IT but only on IBM iSeries software written specifically for this company I work for, no work related windows experience apart from mapping the odd drive now & then, no experience of Server 2003
    Obviously money is an issue for me like most people & I'd rather not pay out for courses that arent necessary
    I want to eventually have a MCSE, is the A+ honestly recommended?
    How would you all recommend going towards a MCSE in the minimum amount of certifications?
    A+ then MCSE?
    A+, N+ then MCSE?
    or another path towards it?
    any shortcuts?

    Any advice is appreciated
    WIP: A+
  2. Notes_Bloke

    Notes_Bloke Terabyte Poster

    Hi & welcome to CF:D

    The recommended route is A+, N+, MCDST, MCSA and then the MCSE.

    Good luck with your studies.

    Certifications: 70-210, 70-215, A+,N+, Security+
  3. BosonMichael
    Highly Decorated Member Award

    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

    You might not want this advice, but if you have no experience administering Windows Servers, then the MCSE is not worthwhile for you to pursue at this point in your career. Certification is designed to show that you already have experience with a technology, not that you want to get a job working with a technology. Microsoft recommends that you have one year of experience administering a 250+ user, multi-site, multi-server domain environment before pursuing the MCSE... not one year in IT, but one year actually doing that job. Getting a certification won't automagically make you qualified to administer networks... only experience can enable you to do that... and most employers these days realize that. Thus, most employers hire on the basis of experience - certification is just an "extra".

    You say you work with software - but doing what? Just using it? If you haven't ever worked on a help desk or provided desktop support, you're likely looking at some sort of an entry-level job like that... and in that case, the A+, Network+, and/or MCDST are perfect entry-level certifications to pursue.

    Welcome to the forums!
    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!
  4. nugget
    Honorary Member

    nugget Junior toady

    Hi and welcome to the forum.:biggrin
    Certifications: A+ | Network+ | Security+ | MCP (270,271,272,290,620) | MCDST | MCTS:Vista
    WIP: MCSA, 70-622,680,685
  5. Johnd76

    Johnd76 Megabyte Poster

    Hi welcome to Cert Forum
    Certifications: MCP, MCDST
    WIP: Not a thing
  6. wagnerk
    Highly Decorated Member Award

    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

    Hi & welcome to CF :)

    I would also recommend doing the MCDST (and the A+ & Network+) first of all.

    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
  7. sunn

    sunn Gigabyte Poster

    As some of the earlier posts have mentioned, going the route A+; N+ then MCDST is probably your best option. Since you're working somewhere, is there an option to move into another department (i.e. Helpdesk) even as a volunteer. The more experience you get, the better off you'll be.

    Welcome aboard...
  8. t®oUbLe

    t®oUbLe New Member

    I do work on a HD as 2nd Line support but my skillset is only on our own travel company software running on the AS400, I've taken all your advice on board & I've started reading Mike Meyers' A+ book
    I'll do the MCDST & Net+ afterwards
    Being on the IT floor, I might be lucky enough to get into more Windows related work, I've already started to put a few feelers out with the people I know, I'll just need to buy a few strategic pints for the senior IT managers on Friday nights in the pub, my company loves to hire internally
    WIP: A+
  9. onoski

    onoski Terabyte Poster

    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
  10. Ropenfold

    Ropenfold Kilobyte Poster

    Hi and Welcome to the forums, I would also suggest the A+, N+ then the MCDST before you even consider anything else.
    Certifications: BSC (Hons), A+, MCDST, N+, 70-270,
    WIP: ITIL V3
  11. wizard

    wizard Petabyte Poster

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

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