Hello All, im new here and could use some advice.

Discussion in 'New Members Introduction' started by Hello World, May 2, 2005.

  1. Hello World

    Hello World Nibble Poster

    Hello all, looking around the net i found these forums, they look pretty much exactly what im looking for, hopefully i can get some advice here and stick around and share what i learn with others.

    Well, Firstly im from Southern England and thats about it, been using the net for quite some years now.

    About a year ago i was on an all inclusive Course at my local collage covering the following ... CCNA, CompTIA A+, Introductory level C programming, ECDL and this EdExcel GNVQ Intermediate level ICT. Anyways the course got shut down piece by piece over the course of a few months, eventually leading to just the ECDL being left (wich is one of those flexible learning courses so you go in whenever, thing is i neglected it for my other studies so i figured screw it and left).

    So that really screwed my plans up, however this year i've been offered my pick of the college courses, i checked the days and the dates for ones that conflict and i've came up with the following courses that i will be doing in september.

    1).CCNA, At the end of this i can continue into CCNP if they run it this year (theres doubts as to if they will run CCNP).
    2).CCMI A+ (CompTIA A+ Certification), Followed by The Network +
    3).Introductory C Programming, Then Advanced, then C++ (its a set of 3 running on from eachother)

    Thats all really, however since im starting September i also am going to enroll on ECDL just for the hell of it, as i have 4 months till college starts.

    Heres where the problems are however, really i didnt do an awful lot of CCNA and the A+, so im going on Cold i guess, and the C programming wants previous programming knowledge, if you dont have that they will put you in a VB class (screw VB). So really i need to use these 4 months i have to do ECDL and study up on A+, CCNA and my C. Ive been using C for a month or two now, and naturally i own K&R amongst other things so im not a total novice.

    Hopefully After all these courses are complete ill do a little work on the side and go do my Software Engineering HND, Followed by my Bsc with Honours in Computing. (So yeah, no solid plans yet =p)

    Hmm... this is one hell of an introduction, so again ill just say Hello to everyone, and if theres anything i can help with ill be sure to do it! :biggrin
    WIP: CCNA 1, IT Essentials 1(A+)
  2. Fergal1982

    Fergal1982 Petabyte Poster

    welcome to the boards mate. im sure u'll find your time here as enjoyable and informative as i did.


    hmmmm........ did? im still here aint i?????? hello? anyone see me?????
    Certifications: ITIL Foundation; MCTS: Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2010, Administration
    WIP: None at present
  3. Mitzs
    Honorary Member

    Mitzs Ducktape Goddess

    Fregal? Is that you? Where the hell are you? I can barley hear ya. :biggrin

    Hello HW, welcome to the site and good luck with your studies. :)
    Certifications: Microcomputers and network specialist.
    WIP: Adobe DW, PS
  4. tripwire45
    Honorary Member

    tripwire45 Zettabyte Poster

    Greetings, Hello World. Welcome to CertForums. That's quite a lot you have on your plate. Let us know how we can lend a hand. :)
    Certifications: A+ and Network+
  5. nugget
    Honorary Member

    nugget Junior toady

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

    wizard Petabyte Poster

    Hi there and welcome to CF. :)
    Certifications: SIA DS Licence
    WIP: A+ 2009
  7. Stu_C

    Stu_C Byte Poster

    welcome to the forums and can i just add VB is quite usefull to have knowledge on since most stuff still use's it for scripting and it would be great for learning the fundamentals of programming.

    Certifications: Bsc(Bronze Swimming Certificate)
  8. AJ

    AJ 01000001 01100100 01101101 01101001 01101110 Administrator

    Welcome to the forum m8 :biggrin

    Have a look through our Comptia and Cisco forums for loads of advice.
    Certifications: MCSE, MCSA (messaging), ITIL Foundation v3
    WIP: Breathing in and out, but not out and in, that's just wrong
  9. Hello World

    Hello World Nibble Poster

    Thanks for the welcome all, one thing though.. any idea if theres an ECDL forum or anything?
    WIP: CCNA 1, IT Essentials 1(A+)
  10. tripwire45
    Honorary Member

    tripwire45 Zettabyte Poster

    Certifications: A+ and Network+
  11. JonnyMX

    JonnyMX Petabyte Poster

    Screw VB?
    Don't bother. It won't return your calls.
    Seriously, don't write it off until you have experienced the power of VB.NET.
    Good luck with the ECDL. It's a great foundation course. The only problem is that you may find that you outgrow it too quickly if you keep studying.
    Oh, and welcome.
    Certifications: MCT, MCTS, i-Net+, CIW CI, Prince2, MSP, MCSD
  12. Jakamoko
    Honorary Member

    Jakamoko On the move again ...

    Hi and welcome from me too, Hello World :)
    Certifications: MCP, A+, Network+
    WIP: Clarity
  13. punkboy101
    Honorary Member

    punkboy101 Back from the wilderness

    Welcome :D
    Certifications: CCNA
    WIP: Nada
  14. Twiggy

    Twiggy Bit Poster

    I'm 2 thirds of my way thru completing my ECDL online course (I only have excel and access left to do)... assuming you're only going for the basic ECDL as I have done I shouldn't panic too much, for the majority of the exams I have done little or no revision, all you require is a general understanding of how to use a computer. I would recommend some study for powerpoint/access and excel tho, depending on how often you currently use these programs... I use them very rarely and was surprised at how much i learnt just from flicking through the manuals! Having said that, my remaining exams are being held next wed's afternoon, and I still haven't looked through those manuals yet! :eek:

    Good luck tho :)

    Certifications: ECDL BCS1, NCFE Networking Essentials
    WIP: HNC in Computing
  15. Hello World

    Hello World Nibble Poster

    Sounds good, let me know how it goes... oh maybe i got a little advice for you.

    I read somewhere (maybe this thread... crap memory ive got) that the ECDL is in 3 parts... only 2 parts are usually offered though, here ill show you whats in my college prospectus (make sure you ask for this at the end).

    >>ECDL Part 1/BCS Level 1 Certificate for IT Users
    The next step on from CLAIT, this two-part course covers a range of
    computing desktop software. Consists of: Concepts of Information
    Technology, Using the Computer and Managing Files, Information and
    Communication, cost £82.50

    >>ECDL Part 2/BCS Level 2 Certificate for IT Users
    Consists of 5 modules: Word Processing, Spreadsheets, Databases,
    Presentation, Using IT, cost £115

    >>BC IT User Level 2
    If you have already have ECDL (7 modules) upgrade to BC IT User
    Level 2 at a reduced rate of £50

    >>New! NVQs for IT Users
    Upgrade your CLAIT, MOS or ECDL to an NVQ in IT, only one
    further module is required. Duration flexible, start flexible, cost £200
    WIP: CCNA 1, IT Essentials 1(A+)
  16. Twiggy

    Twiggy Bit Poster

    I'm rather confused by it all as well tbh... i'm only doing it as ECDL is free to all NHS staff at the moment, and my boss wants me to know how it all works so that I can train other staff who will need to do it.

    In my log book, only ECDL is ticked, and there are 2 other options 'BSC IT USER LEVEL 1' and 'BSC IT USER LEVEL 2'.

    So far I have completed and passed Basic Concepts of IT, Using the Computer and Managing Files, Word Processing, Presentations and Information and Communication. As I mentioned earlier I will be doing the spreadsheets & databases exams next wed's. According to the log book, the Using IT section is for BCS IT User Level 2 only. I have no idea of whether I will be allowed to progress to level 2 courtesy of the NHS or not at present, or what the Using IT section entails. I think I may be able to download a copy of that manual tho.
    Certifications: ECDL BCS1, NCFE Networking Essentials
    WIP: HNC in Computing
  17. Hello World

    Hello World Nibble Poster

    yeah, theres another level after that... as i understand it theres 3 levels of ECDL

    level 1 is BSC1, its the introduction stuff like Using a computer ect..

    level 2 is ms word stuff, like spreadhseets and databases

    the next level is ONE module after that, so you end up with 3 certificates for about 7/8 modules.

    as for the NVQ stuff... i got no bloody idea what that is.
    WIP: CCNA 1, IT Essentials 1(A+)
  18. Twiggy

    Twiggy Bit Poster

    That makes me feel soooo much better to have found someone who appears to be just as clued up as me :stpd

    Tee he he
    Certifications: ECDL BCS1, NCFE Networking Essentials
    WIP: HNC in Computing

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