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Just enrolled on MCDST

Discussion in 'MCDST' started by Ginge2k7, Sep 3, 2010.

  1. Ginge2k7

    Ginge2k7 Bit Poster

    After being out of work for a few years now, I went to my local college yesterday and enrolled on their MCDST course , which starts on September 13th.
    I have no previous work experience in IT, but it has been one of my passions since my early teens, and since I'm having no luck finding employment in my old career, thought it was time for a fresh start and do something I like for a change.
    The course is part time and lasts for 7 weeks , so I'm looking at getting an entry level position before christmas, is this a realistic goal? I'm 33 years old so is it "too late" to start a career in IT?
    Certifications: School of life (and a few GCSE's)
  2. gosh1976

    gosh1976 Kilobyte Poster

    Starting a new career in just about any career isn't too late unless you are looking to be a professional athlete! I've just turned 34 and I'm looking to get back into IT after a pretty long hiatus so I'll be starting out in entry level positions as well.

    As to whether getting a position by Christmas is a realistic goal who can say? it is certainly possible. Just start applying for positions no reason to wait until you've sat one of the exams in my opinion. The job market is tough here and for what I know of it the UK job market is just as tough. I've been looking for an IT job with the Comptia A+, Net+ and MCDST certifications under my belt since April and I've got my second interview tomorrow. Some people get their first IT job very quickly and it's taken others years to break into the industry.
    Certifications: A+, Net+, MCDST, CCENT, MCTS: Win 7 Configuring, CCNA
  3. TheITCrowd

    TheITCrowd Kilobyte Poster

    I started in I.T at the age of 36, 40th coming veryyyy soon :ohmy
    Never too late, from the areas I work in I am sometimes the youngest lol
    The I.T industry is not ageist all that matters is if you can do the job.

    Good luck with the MCDST
    Certifications: Network + |CCNA |MCTS-70-680,MCTS-70-401, MCTS-70-656, MCTS-70-351 |HP AIS ProCurve Networking -2011 | HP2-896 |VCD-CP27|JNCIA |Hewlett Packard ASE - Network Infrastructure (2011)
    WIP: 642-813
  4. Josiahb

    Josiahb Gigabyte Poster


    If your currently unemployed you've got a golden opportunity to pile in the studying before christmas, I'd look at seeing if you can knock the CompTIA A+ and Network+ out before christmas as well (to avoid the 3 year recertification policy). Studying multiple certs at the same time can be challenging but there is a fair level of overlap in these three so it may be doable.

    And start applying now, give your CV a polish to make any IT skills and customer service experience as prominent as possible and go for it!

    What was your previous line of work? (if you don't mind me asking)
    Certifications: A+, Network+, MCDST, ACA – Mac Integration 10.10
  5. BosonMichael
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    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

    I've known several people who got started in IT in their 50s. You're still young. :)
    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!
  6. chuckles

    chuckles Kilobyte Poster

    Oh to be 33 again :D
    Certifications: '07/'09 A+, N+, S+
    WIP: maybe something Apple
  7. Ginge2k7

    Ginge2k7 Bit Poster

    Thanks for the replies guys, it's put my mind at ease. My CV will need a major overhaul as my last line of work was in casino, with the only relevant skills I've gained being customer service and numeracy.
    I think my main fear now is whether I can hold down a job after being unemployed for so long, as I also suffer from bouts of depression sometimes, I dont have "bad days" , I tend to have "bad months". I'm hoping college and studying something that I'm interested in will help with this anyway. That's a whole different subject thats probably better suited to a different forum , so I wont bore you guys with it.
    Anyway, I'm going to keep updating with how I'm progressing with the course. Thanks again guys :)
    Certifications: School of life (and a few GCSE's)
  8. Sparky
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    Sparky Zettabyte Poster Moderator

    Customer service skills are a big plus point for entry level IT jobs mate.

    Best of luck with the MCDST. :biggrin
    Certifications: MSc MCSE MCSA:M MCSA:S MCITP:EA MCTS(x5) Security+ Network+ A+
    WIP: Office 365, Server 2016, CEH

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