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arggghhhhh am at a quandry.. make mind up time

Discussion in 'Employment & Jobs' started by G1BB0, Jan 26, 2007.

  1. G1BB0

    G1BB0 Nibble Poster

    Hi folks just needed a l'il bit of advise, its a sort of no brainer but reasons will be made clear in a second

    I have been offered a full time desktop support role (yes I know I am actually studying CCNA lol). its 4k more than current job and 10 mins down the road so again not an issue.

    my current role is perm night work on a helpdesk, procedure more than anything analytical so boring as hell and gaining no extra experience.

    New role is proper desktops, scripts, remote installs, hardware and software troubleshooting plus GPO/AD stuff so bags more experience and they will pay for mcp exams and provide all the books etc. I am with a training provider for CCNA which I am enjoying, could MCP's be learned in conjunction with the CCNA realistically?

    I am slightly cautious as its going to be a hell of a learning curve initially (I have all the mcse 2003 transcenders, cbt nuggets etc so am happy to do as much study as required). Being 3 months probationary I am a bit hesitant as mortgage etc and current job security means I am cautious whether to make the jump (call me a pussy lmao).

    what would you do?
    WIP: N+ & CCNA
  2. simongrahamuk
    Honorary Member

    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

    Personaly, I'd take it.

    If the new employer says that they will pay for the MCP's then chances are that you would get time to study for them during quiet periods at work. If not then you could still do them side by side with the CCNA, it will simply require more commitment on your part, which is something that is often very difficult to do alongside other 'life' commitments.

    It sounds to me that the new role would be very hands on and give you practical experience, you never know there may be progression where you CCNA studies will come in useful. I know I learnt some things despite not having any cisco kit here at all. Overall it could be really useful for both you and the company.

    Looking at it form another perspective, what type of role do you think you could get with just a CCNA? not many employers want people who can just do networking. IT these days demands that you know 'a bit of everything'.

    Now, stop being a whimp and go for it! 8)
  3. G1BB0

    G1BB0 Nibble Poster

    lol... 3 kids and a mortgage = have to way up pro's and cons 1st :biggrin

    I didnt expect anything from just ccna, I was planning on doing mcp's aswell. basically I am 35 and therfore know experience outweighs quals so a blend of both = sweet as

    guess its just a case of when i was applying for better jobs they never arrived, now one has I have 2nd thoughts. I guess they wouldnt have offered me it unless they thought I had the ability. Contract arrives tomorrow to sign etc so I shall continue my mental swot analysis until then

    I guess I also have a month before I start so can cram like hell, I was almost ready for 70-270 a couple of months back so wont take me long to refresh...(fires up vmware)

    thanks simon appreciated
    WIP: N+ & CCNA
  4. zimbo
    Honorary Member

    zimbo Petabyte Poster

    I would go for it.. your Cisco certs wont go to waste at all - more than half the routers and switches are Cisco made so you bound to use your knowledge sometime in that role..
    Certifications: B.Sc, MCDST & MCSA
    WIP: M.Sc - Computer Forensics
  5. nXPLOSi

    nXPLOSi Terabyte Poster

    I'd agree, it seems like its a great oppotunity, and extra money to boot.

    Im sure your wife and kids could spend the 4K no problems as well :D
    Certifications: A+, Network+, Security+, MCSA 2003 (270, 290, 291), MCTS (640, 642), MCSA 2008
    WIP: MCSA 2012
  6. G1BB0

    G1BB0 Nibble Poster

    actually most of it will go on childcare and breakfast club!!!

    cheers for the input everyone its really appreciated.

    and for all you older chaps, they were actually more happy with my age than if I was 21 due to having a better approach to the client apparently... so there ya go age has its uses
    WIP: N+ & CCNA
  7. BosonMichael
    Highly Decorated Member Award

    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

    Go for it! :)
    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!
  8. Steve.L

    Steve.L Byte Poster

    Go for it Gibbo, I'm a fair bit older than you and have been through the young kids bit, 4 grand a year (and thats b4 u start getting certs) is a very big incentive, but a bigger one is the fact they are prepared to pay for your education in a round about way!

    Certifications: N+, MCP, MCTS, RHCT, VCP4 and 5, RHCSA
    WIP: ccna

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