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Discussion in 'New Members Introduction' started by NightWolf, Mar 23, 2009.

  1. NightWolf

    NightWolf New Member


    My name is Dan, I'm from Basildon Essex and i am 18. I have just joined up with Advent Training and i am doing their Advanced Networking Specialist course. The qualifications i will get once complete are as follows:

    CompTIA A+
    Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
    Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician (MCDST)
    Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA)
    Microsoft Certified System Engineer (MCSE)
    MCSE: Security on Windows Server 2003
    MCSE: Messaging on Windows Server 2003

    I only recieved my first module last wednesday so have only just started. The total for the course was a hefty £5950. They state that the course should take approximately 3 years but i am aiming to do it in 2!
    I am about to start my A+ already and i only started 5 days ago lol!

    I tend to push myself to try and achieve whatever i want in life and i aint afraid of taking risks. After reading some of the info on the website it seems that not many people know alot about advent training so i will try my best to keep you all updated as my course goes on.

    ps - ive just read what i have put, and honestly i don't normaly write like that :D
    Certifications: None
  2. wagnerk
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    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

    Hi & welcome to CF :)

    How many year experience do you have in IT?

    And that doesn't mean at level 1... Higher leve professional certifications are there to reflect your experience and not a substitute for it.

    Me personally I would have spent the £5k on a MSc and get that done in two years and just recommended you to do the A+, Network+ and the MCDST first of all. However since you've signed up already good luck...

    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
  3. Pheonicks56

    Pheonicks56 Kilobyte Poster

    I agree with Wagnerk but since you have already signed up, not much you can do at this point. I would recommend that you look into getting at least a part time job in 1st line support, or look for volunteer work to give you some experience, certificates are there to supplement your experience not replace it. Best of luck mate.
    Certifications: BSIT, AAIT, A+
    WIP: Network+
  4. Notes_Bloke

    Notes_Bloke Terabyte Poster

    Hi & welcome to CF:D

    Good luck with the studies.

    Certifications: 70-210, 70-215, A+,N+, Security+
  5. nXPLOSi

    nXPLOSi Terabyte Poster

    Best of luck with the studies, although I fear you may not realise what you have just signed up for.

    Are you aware of how many exams you'll need to pass to achieve them certs? If you want to finish in 2 years, you'll be passing an exam near on every 2 months, with no experience? Its not going to be easy to say the absolute least, no matter how motivated or intelligent you are.

    As already stated, a job in IT would really help; having them certs and no experience will only end in tears.

    Sorry if this sounds pessimistic, it's just my opinion.

    I do wish you the best of luck, and of course we are here to help you when needed. :)
    Certifications: A+, Network+, Security+, MCSA 2003 (270, 290, 291), MCTS (640, 642), MCSA 2008
    WIP: MCSA 2012
  6. Metalstar

    Metalstar Kilobyte Poster

    Best of luck with all those exams! Welcome to CF!
    Certifications: A+
    WIP: Network+
  7. NightWolf

    NightWolf New Member

    I understand what i have undertaken. my only experience is working for maplin electronics.
    My uncle is in the industry and has been helping me out and once i get my A+ i am gonna go for 1st line support work... its the only way to make me stand out from the crowd atm...

    thanks for all your help guys!
    Certifications: None
  8. greenbrucelee
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    greenbrucelee Zettabyte Poster


    good luck

    can I just point out that having high level certs like the MCSE and no experience can go against you when looking for a job.

    Certifications like the MCSE are to show your experience working (in a real job) in those areas ofcourse advent wouldn't have told you that though.
    Certifications: A+, N+, MCDST, Security+, 70-270
    WIP: 70-620 or 70-680?
  9. BosonMichael
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    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

    Good advice given above.

    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!
  10. Tiony

    Tiony New Member

    Removed braindumps - AJ
  11. Riaz

    Riaz Bit Poster

    NightWolf, welcome to CF! hope u achieve what you are aiming for, 18 is an excellent age to start, i wish i could have done that as well. Make sure you work side by side as well so that ur aware of real life scenarios in IT industry.

    Tiony, I think ****** is dump (as in the give real exam questions in order to make u pass) definitely not legal. thats something I am against but then again thats only my opinion. My advise to NightWolf would be study hard and pass exam rather than go for these types of sites and pass....
    Certifications: CompTIA A+, MCP (70-270)
    WIP: CIW Web Design
  12. wagnerk
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    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

    It's a braindump, don't use it; it's a form of cheating. Once caught you can be decertified and banned from any future exams. You can also face legal action against you.

    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

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