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Discussion in 'New Members Introduction' started by edem_sosu, Jun 26, 2008.

  1. edem_sosu

    edem_sosu New Member

    Hello everyone I have been a nurse for 10years but I have always had an interest in networking.In 2000 I took a HNC in Computing and wanted to progess to a degree but was discouraged by stories that my predecessors on the Computer science degree could not get placements for their final year.
    I now want to enter networking but as a night nurse with 10years in the NHS would like to protect my pension.
    My local college has got a Networking & Hardware Diploma is it worth doing this or should I go in the direction of A+,Nertwork+,Server+ and the CCNA and how do I get a foot in the door I am not expecting high rates of pay.
    Any advice will be welcome.
  2. hbroomhall

    hbroomhall Petabyte Poster Gold Member

    Hi and welcome to CF!

    For the 'certs' I'd go for recognized ones like A+.

    As for getting a foot in the door - why don't you have a word with your IT department?

    Certifications: ECDL A+ Network+ i-Net+
    WIP: Server+
  3. nugget
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    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
  4. greenbrucelee
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    greenbrucelee Zettabyte Poster

    Hi Welcome:)
    Certifications: A+, N+, MCDST, Security+, 70-270
    WIP: 70-620 or 70-680?
  5. wagnerk
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    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

    Hi & welcome to CF :)

    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
  6. BosonMichael
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    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

    I would also recommend starting with the A+.

    As far as getting on with your own IT department... it works. At my last job, a front-desk receptionist who was in school to be a tech applied internally for a level 1 tech position, and we hired her for the job.
    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!
  7. craigie

    craigie Terabyte Poster

    Might be an idea to go for a higher level Cert than A+ as you already have a HNC in computing.

    Not sure on the structure of the Cisco Certs but would recommend posting over there and get some feedback.

    Oh and welcome to Cert Forums.
    Certifications: CCA | CCENT | CCNA | CCNA:S | HP APC | HP ASE | ITILv3 | MCP | MCDST | MCITP: EA | MCTS:Vista | MCTS:Exch '07 | MCSA 2003 | MCSA:M 2003 | MCSA 2008 | MCSE | VCP5-DT | VCP4-DCV | VCP5-DCV | VCAP5-DCA | VCAP5-DCD | VMTSP | VTSP 4 | VTSP 5

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