I believe you do need certs to progress...

Discussion in 'Employment & Jobs' started by Juelz, Mar 27, 2021.

  1. Juelz

    Juelz Gigabyte Poster

    I've tried to get by and have not done a cert in 5 years.. I basically took a couple of certs as a strategy to get my CV past HR, which worked.

    I now have 5 years exp in IT support but I believe I am competing with people who also have 5 years experience (maybe less) but also have a number of certificates on their CVs..

    I have had my A+ booked for ages but kept putting it back, I have just started my commitment to studying for it.

    Plan is to get A+ and N+ on my CV then probably move into something more specific.
    Last edited: Mar 27, 2021
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  2. JK2447
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    Hey Juelz. Good thread bro. I’d say you don’t always need certs, but they definitely help.

    Some recruiters use it as a way to turn 500 CVs into 50. Advising staff to bin anyone who has not achieved a certain cert.

    I invest in myself and my development, as does my employer. This shows others that I spend time and effort developing my skills and I put them to the test by sitting exams, helping me to stand out from the crowd.

    Is education the be all end all, no. Bill Gates dropped out of Harvard to start Microsoft, but we all can’t be Bill Gates. That strategy works if you’ve got an amazing idea or business. For the vast majority of us, education is how we stand out from the crowd. It’s also how we figure out how we can get ahead.

    For me, I love certification because a vendor tells me everything I need to know to master a technology. I think I know what I’m talking about and to be sure, I can sit a test that gives me a certification that I can put on LinkedIn to help build my brand. What’s not to love IMHO
    Certifications: VCP4, 5, 6, 6.5, 6.7, VCAP DCV Design, VMConAWS Skill, BSc (Hons), HND IT, HND Computing, ITIL-F, MBCS CITP, MCP (270,290,291,293,294,298,299,410,411,412) MCTS (401,620,624,652) MCSA:Security, MCSE: Security, Security+, CPTS, CCA (XenApp6.5), MCSA 2012, VSP, VTSP
    WIP: vROps specialist
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  3. AJ

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  4. Rob1234

    Rob1234 Megabyte Poster Forum Leader

    What sort of next role are you looking for? That can shape the certs you go for.

    If you have 5 years experience A+ and N+ may not boost your CV too much although from a knowledge point of view still good to do. A
    Certifications: A few.
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  5. Juelz

    Juelz Gigabyte Poster

    I'm looking more for infrastructure technician role and to get out of helpdesk, however realistically I'm looking for a a company that has a desktop/helpdesk role with a path to infrastructure. One role I do not want to do is "Service Desk Analyst" as I have learnt that this means phones and nothing but phones.

    I couldn't sit down and pass the A+ right now so I am finding the knowledge beneficial and N+ I'd stand even less of a chance.
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  6. Pseudonym

    Pseudonym Kilobyte Poster

    This is key for me. When I'm interviewing people, I want to know that they're ambitious, motivated and technically curious. They don't necessarily have to have a degree or certs, but I want to see evidence that they're passionate and want to learn. That kind of thing can be evidenced by labs they've built, projects they've worked on, certs etc.

    WRT the A+. Honestly mate, I wouldn't bother. Do something more challenging. An A+ won't do much, if anything at this stage in your career imo.

    If you really want to climb the ladder fast, do an associate level cloud cert. Any of the big 3. You'll have interviews coming out of your ears.
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  7. Sparky
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    Would commit to doing the A+ - should only take a few weeks and then focus on the Network+ after that.

    The lack of certs isn’t holding you back but can mean you are overlooked when there are 500+ CVs sent for the next infrastructure job.
    Certifications: MSc MCSE MCSA:M MCSA:S MCITP:EA MCTS(x5) Security+ Network+ A+
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  8. Nyx

    Nyx Byte Poster

    I don't think Comptia certs impress anyone but better to have them when CV's are looked at by ppl not having a clue.
    Whether you do N+ or not, I'd strongly recommend reading Mike Meyers N+ book, I've learned a lot from it back in the day and it was the easiest and most enjoyable material I've ever come across.
    Azure fundamentals is quite easy to do, training course is free (I think, used to be), MS was giving away vouchers for it last year, maybe they still do. Then maybe something o365 related if you are interested/experienced in it.
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