Bit of help deciding

Discussion in 'Training & Development' started by Mikemgs, Jul 12, 2005.

  1. Mikemgs

    Mikemgs New Member

    Hi all,
    Hopefully you would have read my short and sweet introduction in the New Members thread. Now after reading a fair bit in all the other threads, my head is in a bit of a spin and I'm not to sure which course I should start off with.
    Basicly I have a bit of knowledge with windows operating systems, I build my own systems, repair my friends and family's computers and consider myself computer literate. I have never really played about with networking but I understand the principle and I have done my own wireless network at home with 4 pc's and a laptop with no real problems. I have never done any programming of any kind but I would like to learn python or something?.
    Now, over to you lot. :biggrin
    What do you think would be something I could take on, I would like to achieve a postion in the IT industry in the future, but for now I would just like to learn. What would the best way to do this be.
    Look forward to reading your replies, thanks guys and girls.
    Certifications: none yet
    WIP: A+, N+, possibly msce
  2. The_Geek

    The_Geek Megabyte Poster

    64 Start out with the A+ and Net+ certs. These two are the foundation for any other certification you may want to pursue in the future.

    Plus, they're good to have when trying to "get you foot in the door" somewhere.
    Certifications: CompTIA and Micro$oft
    WIP: PDI+
  3. Phoenix
    Honorary Member

    Phoenix 53656e696f7220 4d6f64

    i recommend skipping the A+ and going for the Network+ followed by some Microsoft stuff (if you want to go that route) and a CCNA to bolster your networking
    Certifications: MCSE, MCITP, VCP
    WIP: > 0
  4. michael78

    michael78 Terabyte Poster

    I would personally go down the A+ and then Network+ route. I did a bit of my CCNA course and the first part is excellent it teaches you general Networking but after that it's very Cisco specific and in my opinion isn't much use unless you are wanting to use Cisco equipment or become a Cisco engineer.
    Certifications: A+ | Network+ | Security+ | MCP | MCDST | MCTS: Hyper-V | MCTS: AD | MCTS: Exchange 2007 | MCTS: Windows 7 | MCSA: 2003 | ITIL Foundation v3 | CCA: Xenapp 5.0 | MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Administrator on Windows 7 | MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Support Technician on Windows 7
    WIP: Online SAN Overview, VCP in December 2011
  5. Arroryn

    Arroryn we're all dooooooomed Moderator

    The A+ and N+ are the boosters - the IT industry's lower reaches are your oyster when you've got them :)

    Slypie is quite right on the Cisco side of things - Comptia is a great platform, but then it becomes specific. Cisco is well in demand though (well, it was when I signed on the dotted line :rolleyes: )

    Take a look around - maybe look at a job search site and get a feel for the kind of thing you might want to work towards. Then you can map the Certs you want to do to suit.
    Certifications: A+, N+, MCDST, 70-410, 70-411
    WIP: Modern Languages BA
  6. Mikemgs

    Mikemgs New Member

    Thanks alot for your help. To start off with I am going to get some books and study those for a while, I fell this may give me a better start when I begin to study for an exam. I think the A+ and N+ will be a good platform to start with.
    Thanks again.
    Certifications: none yet
    WIP: A+, N+, possibly msce

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