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Hi community - Leaving my job as prison officer in sep' advice needed

Discussion in 'New Members Introduction' started by dannyrourke, Jul 16, 2013.

  1. dannyrourke

    dannyrourke New Member

    Hi, I am leaving the prison service in September this year as I have had enough after 11 years,I am now 38 and I have always loved all things I.T and want to use the opportunity to get in the industry. I am under no illusions of jumping into a well paid job to start with. I just need to know where to start, I am looking into doing the comptia A+ as a foundation then maybe database admin or network engineering. I have a couple of months free time in October to study full time and get the comptia done but so confused in the hundreds of providers offering jobs and promising the world. Whats the best training company to go with who are respected in the industry? Many thanks guys
  2. ade1982

    ade1982 Megabyte Poster

    The A+ can definitely be done via self-study, grab a book (the Mike Meyers one is good), ram your head with it's goodness, and save yourself a tonne of money.

    as you mention networks, the N+ is a good second cert to get. Databases - I would definitely think about grabbing SQL Server Express and Visual Studio to see if that's really for you.
  3. Theprof

    Theprof Petabyte Poster Premium Member

    Like ade mentioned, certifications wise, you'd want to start with something like A+, Network+, etc... The general advice on here is to start looking for entry level jobs that will give you exposure and let your IT career grow. Don't rely on certifications to get you the job, use certifications as a way to help you expand on your existing knowledge so that you can pass technical interviews but also help you with your first IT job.

    Never give up! It's hard to get into IT, but with the right mindset, you can achieve it. Good luck!
    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
  4. Chief

    Chief Bit Poster

    One more thing to consider is you could start your own company and "hire" yourself. It's not essential that your company makes it big, it's a way for you to get working sooner, if hiring is slow, and to gain experience both for your professional knowledge and for your resume.
    Certifications: MCSE (2003), MSTS Vista, S+, N+, A+, CCA (Metaframe), MCSE (NT4)
    WIP: MCSA (2008/2012), CCA (XenApp 6.5, XenServer 6), CCNA (Not sure, but probably +Security)
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  5. dannyrourke

    dannyrourke New Member

    Thanks guys for the helpful advice. Was looking at Koenig training and thinking of going to Dubai and getting the a+ in 9 days. Do you really need any certs' to get the first I.T job. Thanks again
  6. SimonD
    Honorary Member

    SimonD Terabyte Poster

    Don't waste your money, grab a book or two and the Professor Messer videos (Youtube him) and you will be fine.

    As a rule of thumb you would probably be looking at support desk work (call logging etc) as your first role, it's nothing too hard and eases you into IT.

    Just remember, as long as the customer always things they are right, you're on to a winner.
    Certifications: CNA | CNE | CCNA | MCP | MCP+I | MCSE NT4 | MCSA 2003 | Security+ | MCSA:S 2003 | MCSE:S 2003 | MCTS:SCCM 2007 | MCTS:Win 7 | MCITP:EDA7 | MCITP:SA | MCITP:EA | MCTS:Hyper-V | VCP 4 | ITIL v3 Foundation | VCP 5 DCV | VCP 5 Cloud | VCP6 NV | VCP6 DCV | VCAP 5.5 DCA
    WIP: VCP6-CMA, VCAP-DCD and Linux + (and possibly VCIX-NV).
  7. rocdamike

    rocdamike Byte Poster Gold Member

    I think it depends on whether you have any pre-existing experience already in the IT industry. In your case, I would highly recommend doing entry level certs such as the A+ to give you some good grounding. Don't bother going for higher level certs until you actually attain relevant experience.

    Personally, I did 3 MTAs and managed to get my first job in IT. I've learnt so much in my new job and I have only been there for one month. Sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming, but I thoroughly enjoy it and thrive on learning new things. I have just started studying my A+ this week and hope to do my Network+ after.

    From an overall perspective, aside from certs, I think you need to be enthusiastic, dedicated and have a good attitude. The IT industry changes so quickly and you need to be able to adapt.

    Good luck!
    Certifications: F5 CTS, LTM | F5-CA | CCNA: Sec | CCNA: R&S | ITIL Foundation
    WIP: AWS Solutions Architect

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