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Discussion in 'New Members Introduction' started by kalanisi, Oct 21, 2007.

  1. kalanisi

    kalanisi New Member

    Hi, im looking to get some help from all you IT techies out there.

    I am going to post on the training forum in more detail.

    WIP: Looking get back into IT
  2. wagnerk
    Highly Decorated Member Award

    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

    Hi and 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
  3. Mr.Cheeks

    Mr.Cheeks 1st ever Gold Member! Gold Member

    Welcome dude!
  4. nXPLOSi

    nXPLOSi Terabyte Poster

    Welcome to CF :) !
    Certifications: A+, Network+, Security+, MCSA 2003 (270, 290, 291), MCTS (640, 642), MCSA 2008
    WIP: MCSA 2012
  5. kalanisi

    kalanisi New Member

    Ive decided to give more details of my situation in this thread.

    Im 37 years of age and i have come to a crossroads in my life and am desperatly looking for some advice.

    I am currently umemployed. For the last four years i have had a number of jobs, mostly within the transport industry as a driver. From 1999 to 2002 i was employed as a Computer Operator for a major retail company. I went into this job as a total IT newbie and started at the bottom rung of the ladder. Before that i was employed within the Printing trade. Whilst working as an operator i learnt quite a bit about VMS and i enjoyed the IT enviroment. After the 3 years in this role i moved departments and became a field engineer, looking after the computer systems for approx 30 stores within london and the home counties. I only done this for a year and i admit i did struggle with this time. Things didnt work out for me in this role and i lost the job. From then until now i have had mainly driving jobs that basically wasnt going to get me anywhaere in life. Ive decided i have to do something, and fast. The are 2 options that are available to me.
    The first one is to try and get back into IT as either an operator or field engineer at entry level.
    The second is to do the knowledge for the black cabs within london.

    Ideally i want to become a field engineer but do not know where to start. I went on an evaluation day with CERCO IT training company and passed the tests and they want me to start on the 4 week fast track course with them asap. The 4k fee is a problem as i do not have any savings although the option to borrow the money is there for me. I am worried that i will spend so much money with no garuntee of a job afterwards although CERCO have told me that living in London is a major plus on that side of things.

    I can go down the knowledge route to become a black cab driver which would mean at least 2 years studying.

    Its been 4 long years since i worked within IT and i am disappointed i didnt stay with it.

    Any advice is very welcome

    Thank you

    WIP: Looking get back into IT
  6. Theprof

    Theprof Petabyte Poster Premium Member

    You know, it doesn't matter how old you are or what experience you have. If you want to get into IT you have a good chance, as long as you apply your self. With that said, I and many users on this forum would highly recommend that you take a self study root instead of paying 4k on courses that you can do your self. Also you don't want to have a debt. I don't really understand why these training companies always say they guarantee work. I personally don't see how they can keep their promise regarding a job that they guarantee you at the end of your course, unless it's a job with in their company.

    Getting the education and certs is a good way to start but you have to start with the basics. Just because you obtain a few certifications and pass a course, it does not guarantee you a job. With that said it does not mean you can't find IT work, you sure can, it's just might be harder because of little experience you have, but it is very well possible.

    Good luck!!:biggrin
    Certifications: A+ | CCA | CCAA | Network+ | MCDST | MCSA | MCP (270, 271, 272, 290, 291) | MCTS (70-662, 70-663) | MCITP:EMA | VCA-DCV/Cloud/WM | VTSP | VCP5-DT | VCP5-DCV
  7. BosonMichael
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    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

    Beware of promises of employment after shelling out a lot of cash for a course... a course isn't going to magically get you into IT. There are entry-level positions out there that don't require a course. Study (on your own, without a course) for the A+ certification to give yourself an advantage over your competition.
    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!
  8. wizard

    wizard Petabyte Poster

    Hi there and welcome 8)
    Certifications: SIA DS Licence
    WIP: A+ 2009
  9. Rafek

    Rafek Kilobyte Poster

    Hello and welcome,

    Can't really add more to what BosonMichael has said. Self study for the A+ a good entry certification, that way you get a feel for what is needed and you can decided if the IT industry is for you.
    Certifications: A+, Network+
    WIP: IPT/IPCC stuff
  10. Spilly

    Spilly Kilobyte Poster

    Hi there and welcome

    As at @Rafek I second the......"Self study for the A+ a good entry certification".

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