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Discussion in 'New Members Introduction' started by saz17, Oct 13, 2009.

  1. saz17

    saz17 New Member

    Hello everyone

    I stumbled across this site from typing in "MCDST" into Google and thought you guys might be able to answer my questions a litter better and more honestly than some of the information on the web.

    I am 29 years old and from South Yorkshire. I have a dead end job working in a call centre and decided I would like to take a career path in IT. My reasons for this are that I am involved in the running of a few websites/ vbulletin forums in my personal time and I have always enjoyed tinkering about on computers. I know that is not really a solid enough reason for making career based decisions but to be honest I figured you might aswell train in something you enjoy.

    I am currently working towards a BSc in Computing and Design (started this year) with the Open University but have been advised to get my foot in the door to the IT industry it would be wise for me to get a Microsoft certification and looking at IT based vacancies, the Microsoft Certs are a common requirement. I am thinking about the MCDST as if I can get employment on support level I am gaining experience in the industry whilst I progress with my degree and hopefully can move in the direction of the degree.

    I am not sure which companies for Microsoft Certification are reputable, what it will cost etc. It is pretty much the first time I have looked at it today, however it does seem a logical thing to do and I would be greatful for any advice, I shall have a look around now see what questions have already been answered..

    Thanks in advance

    Last edited: Oct 13, 2009
  2. BosonMichael
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    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

    Whoever advised you to get a job while in school is *very* wise. You're fortunate; most people don't get that advice... they get their degree and wonder why it doesn't magically open doors to server administration or network administration jobs. Only real-world experience can do that (unless you happen to have an uncle who is an IT Manager or something!).

    Exactly right. The MCDST is a good certification to pursue. I'd recommend doing the A+ and Network+ first, but there's no set order in which they have to be completed. The A+ provides the foundation upon all of your other studies will build.

    Welcome to the forums, Sarah!
    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!
  3. saz17

    saz17 New Member

    Thanks for the welcome!

    I think I shall take your advice! I have a free period of 4 months in between my uni modules and I am going to see if that is a realistic time frame to complete the A+. It is going to be a very tight schedule doing the degree, the A+ and working a full time job lol
  4. BosonJosh

    BosonJosh Gigabyte Poster

    Welcome to the forums, Sarah, and good luck in your career change!
  5. Notes_Bloke

    Notes_Bloke Terabyte Poster

    Hi & welcome :D

    Good luck.

    Certifications: 70-210, 70-215, A+,N+, Security+
  6. wagnerk
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    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

    Hi & welcome to CF :)

    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
  7. GiddyG

    GiddyG Terabyte Poster Gold Member

    Welcome and good luck. :)

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