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First Steps advice

Discussion in 'MCDST' started by m4rty5miff, Apr 27, 2009.

  1. m4rty5miff

    m4rty5miff New Member

    Hi all,

    I'm a newbie and this is my first post, I'm heavily contemplating a career change and I'm considering a first step towards a role in IT should this be MCDST or A+ in your opinion.

    Over the last few years I've taught myself html, css, flash, photoshop and a little java, all from self-study and using publicly available information, these skills have very little bearing on my day job as I'm in sales, it's more of a hobby, however it's illustrated to me that I do have an appetite for learning and especially logic. However with that said it's been a while since I was at school and I never completed further education.

    My question is what benefits do distance learning providers offer and are they necessary for a novice who has no previous 'experience' in IT. I can do the domestic stuff, install an OS, set-up outlook/IE, install and configure hardware and software apps etc plus I work daily within an MS environment, so is it reasonable to assume that I could tackle this without the guiding light of a training provider?

    I would be interested in any advice and to hear your experiences of self-study versus distance learning.

  2. dazza786

    dazza786 Megabyte Poster

    no need to double post :/ - and as a correction it's actually your 2nd post :p

    i'd say aim for both; no harm having the two is there?
    this forum is aimed around self study, so i'm sure you'll get many answers which are in favour of that.
    Certifications: MCP (271, 272, 270, 290, 291, 621, 681, 685), MCDST, MCTS, MCITP, MCSA, Security+, CCA(XA6.5)
  3. StormTHX

    StormTHX Byte Poster

    To answer your question I would start with A+. This is a neutral certification and you will find out if you are made for this line of work after that experience.

    You can do A+ with self study (check the A+ forum for book and test sim recommendations).

    You look like you may be more interested in programming or website/graphic design though. A+ or MCDST may not be the direction you want to head in.

    Good luck!
    Certifications: MCDST, MCP (210), A+, ITIL Foundations
    WIP: Taking a break then onto MCSE

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