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Discussion in 'New Members Introduction' started by nesbit, Apr 3, 2008.

  1. nesbit

    nesbit New Member

    hello all

    my name is John aged 50 and I was a builder until an injury put paid to that. About 3 years ago my daughter gave me her old computer so I thought I would learn to use it properly

    Since then I have completed my A+, CCNA, and at the moment I'm a mature college student completing my MCSA I have already passed Network+, 70-270 and today I passed my 290 with a 914 mark...........so I'm fairly chuffed at the moment..........what actually started off as a hobby has become fairly serious......I shadowed an administrator for 6 months and worked voluntary installing systems for a charity. ....I'm the first person to admit that qualifications don't matter a jot over experience but I have enjoyed courses greatly and have a fair understanding of networking and admin.

    Now after the MCSA I'm gonna try and get a proper job....my age being the only rock around my neck....any ideas on how to slide into the business at this late stage would be appreciated

    Cheers John
  2. Stoney

    Stoney Megabyte Poster

    Hi John,

    Welcome to Certforums :thumbleft

    It has been said before that age doesn't matter as long as you can demonstrate ability and knowledge. Also, employers (in the UK) are not allowed to discriminate candidates based on their age. That said, it sadly does happen in some places and employers will use a different reason to mask the fact that they are doing this.

    There are other members on here who are are as 'young' as yourself that have managed to gain employment in IT when they believed they were too old. I myself can not offer any tips in doing this, but I'm sure someone who has been through the same situation will offer some advice soon.

    I will say that as long as you show enthusiasm for the job and can display the qualities that the employer is looking for, then you should be half way there at least! 8)
    Certifications: 25 + 50 metre front crawl
    WIP: MCSA - Exam 70-270
  3. GiddyG

    GiddyG Terabyte Poster Gold Member


    Welcome to CF!

    Congrats on the certs. Stoney is spot on with his final paragraph... you keep on trying, and something will turn up.

    All the best.
  4. Notes_Bloke

    Notes_Bloke Terabyte Poster

    Hi & welcome to CF:D

    Certifications: 70-210, 70-215, A+,N+, Security+
  5. tripwire45
    Honorary Member

    tripwire45 Zettabyte Poster

    Greetings, John. The age thing may not be as big a deal as you might think. As a technical writer, I don't actually work in IT, but often I work *with* some aspect of IT, documenting process. I've never had an issue due to age (I'll be 54 this year), and I moved from my previous career about 5 to 8 years ago. Sounds like you've got a ton of determination and a great attitude. Hang in there.

    Certifications: A+ and Network+
  6. BosonMichael
    Highly Decorated Member Award

    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

    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. sunn

    sunn Gigabyte Poster

    Welcome to the forums :cowboy

    Don't go in thinking your age is a factor. If you have doubts, interviewers will see it. Like Stoney said, show enthusiasm (and keep adding experience) and you'll be better for it.

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