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Is An A+ Right For Me?

Discussion in 'A+' started by Mr_Fishbulb, May 4, 2006.

  1. Mr_Fishbulb

    Mr_Fishbulb Nibble Poster

    Hi All,

    First post in here and was looking for an indication as to whether the A+ is right for me.

    Here's my low-down - Graduated Uni in 2001 with 2:1 in Computing. Worked for a large company doing a Windows 95 -> 2000 rollout for about 4 months. Moved onto supporting and managing a database, plus other admin tasks such as Active Directory.

    Then in 2004 I went travelling for 21 months and came back at the end of 2005. Now I'm looking to get back into IT. Herein lies the problem - my last IT role finished in 2004 so on my CV it shows that I haven't done anything IT related since then.

    I've applied for hundreds of jobs and only had 2 interviews. So I was looking for something to give me the edge. I'm looking to get into Helpdesk/Desktop Support.

    Do you think the A+ is the right way to go?

    Certifications: Naff All
    WIP: A+
  2. Malnomates

    Malnomates Megabyte Poster

    Your circumstances would suggest that an A+ certification is a move in the right direction.Many posts here suggest that employers are looking at A+ as a minimum certification for helpdesk roles.

    Given your background in computing I would suggest the A+ followed by N+ are a logical path to take.
    Certifications: A+ Network+
  3. Mr_Fishbulb

    Mr_Fishbulb Nibble Poster

    Cheers No Mates :)

    I've got an Amazon voucher burning a hole in my email account so I think I'll get a copy of Michael Meyers' book.
    Certifications: Naff All
    WIP: A+
  4. juice142

    juice142 Megabyte Poster


    Certifications: BSc (Hons), A+, Network+
    WIP: 70-270, MCSA
  5. Baba O'Riley

    Baba O'Riley Gigabyte Poster

    Out of interest, do you put the fact you went travelling on your CV?

    1. It looks better than a gap which might suggest you were either unemployed or in prison.

    and 2. I did much the same thing and and really talk it up on my CV - "learnt a tolerance for other cultures, learnt to be very adaptable" - that kind of thing, I find potential employers lap that kind of thing up. In fact it played a big part in me getting my last two jobs. That, and the fact I was going to the effort of doing certs so go for the A+ as well :thumbleft.

    Good luck.
    Certifications: A+, Network+
    WIP: 70-270
  6. Boycie
    Honorary Member

    Boycie Senior Beer Tester

    Yes, the A+ would be good... Best of luck :thumbleft
    Certifications: MCSA 2003, MCDST, A+, N+, CTT+, MCT
  7. Mr_Fishbulb

    Mr_Fishbulb Nibble Poster

    Yeah the travelling stuff is on there and bigged-up. Guess I haven't had many open-minded people look at my CV.

    Hopefully my A+ book from amazon will come soon so I'll have something else to put on there.
    Certifications: Naff All
    WIP: A+

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