New, scared but happy!

Discussion in 'New Members Introduction' started by jayatk9, Jan 3, 2006.

  1. jayatk9

    jayatk9 New Member

    Hi there you lovely helpful people!

    I have recently lost a business that I ran for 15 years very successfully (My Business Partner decided that He would rather live in America and run the entire business from there alone and promptly robbed me blind!).

    My role within the business basically kept me at the office for most of my time (The nature of the business was specialised Canine Protection and detection, not IT related at all!). During the time spent there I looked after our pretty small computing needs which led me to a whole lot of useless, self-taught nonsense with no proof of my (meagre) skills and so......

    I'm setting out from scratch, my future lies somewhere within the IT Industry but I am still unsure of where exactly within it. I have no formal computing certification of any kind but after reading through a few posts, I believe that the A+ Exam is where I need to be headed first.

    I'm 36 years old, I have enough savings to keep me going for, maybe, six months and ideally I would love to be able to start learning in the field within that time scale. Is that at all feasible?? Any Newbie advice AT ALL would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks in advance to everyone and thanks to the developers of this site for giving those who want to help the opportunity to do so :D
    Certifications: CompTIA A+ CompTIA N+
    WIP: Maybe MCDST? Help!!
  2. simongrahamuk
    Honorary Member

    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

    Welcome to CF! :biggrin

    Sorry to hear about your past, but put that behind you and move on. You're in IT now!

    You're spot on in realising that the A+ is the place to start. It will give you many of the fundamental skills that are needed in any area of IT.

    Six months is a feasible target to aim for in completing the A+, but it may take you longer, or even less time depending on how well you pick things up. You can even try and get clarification from this lot if you're struggling with some of the topics.

    Once again, welcome. :biggrin
  3. Tyler D

    Tyler D Gigabyte Poster

    Greetings :biggrin

    What Si said :D

    Grab yourself a book,an old PC to break and fix again and away you go.

    A+ will give you the ideal foundations upon which to build your IT career.

    Best of luck :thumbleft
    Certifications: A+,70-270
    WIP: 70-290
  4. Bigsistermidnight

    Bigsistermidnight Bit Poster

    Good luck - Im just starting my A+ as well.
    Certifications: SG Computing Studies(ha ha),ECDL
    WIP: A+
  5. jayatk9

    jayatk9 New Member

    Thanks for all the really quick responses!

    I Feel more confident already :biggrin
    Certifications: CompTIA A+ CompTIA N+
    WIP: Maybe MCDST? Help!!
  6. JonnyMX

    JonnyMX Petabyte Poster

    So it's a good job you're used to being dropped in the 5h1t!

    Certifications: MCT, MCTS, i-Net+, CIW CI, Prince2, MSP, MCSD
  7. Boycie
    Honorary Member

    Boycie Senior Beer Tester

    Hi, welcome aboard :thumbleft

    Grab yourself Mike Myers All in One A+ book from Amazon and an old P3 computer from your local newspaper/ebay and you are ready to embark on the A+. From here you can go any direction you want.
    There is always a great bunch on here when you want help or to give some to someone else.

    All the best

    Certifications: MCSA 2003, MCDST, A+, N+, CTT+, MCT
  8. tripwire45
    Honorary Member

    tripwire45 Zettabyte Poster

    Greetings, jayatk9. Welcome to CertForums. :)
    Certifications: A+ and Network+
  9. Jakamoko
    Honorary Member

    Jakamoko On the move again ...

    Hi jayatk9 - thanks for the intro. Good to have you here, and good luck :)
    Certifications: MCP, A+, Network+
    WIP: Clarity
  10. michael78

    michael78 Terabyte Poster

    jayatk9, sorry to hear about your company. As ppl have already said A+ and Network+ are a good place to start. If your not planning on working as such for 6 months then personally to give you a better chance of getting a job in IT it might be a good idea to maybe do some voluntary work in IT. A lots of people do get fulltime jobs through doing this. If your studying A+ make sure you get a good book like Myers or the Sybex book which seem to be the choice of many studying A+.
    Certifications: A+ | Network+ | Security+ | MCP | MCDST | MCTS: Hyper-V | MCTS: AD | MCTS: Exchange 2007 | MCTS: Windows 7 | MCSA: 2003 | ITIL Foundation v3 | CCA: Xenapp 5.0 | MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Administrator on Windows 7 | MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Support Technician on Windows 7
    WIP: Online SAN Overview, VCP in December 2011
  11. AJ

    AJ 01000001 01100100 01101101 01101001 01101110 Administrator

    Loads of good advice there mate, so I'll just welcome to the forums :D
    Certifications: MCSE, MCSA (messaging), ITIL Foundation v3
    WIP: Breathing in and out, but not out and in, that's just wrong
  12. Bluerinse
    Honorary Member

    Bluerinse Exabyte Poster

    The fact that you have had some experience working on business computers is good. That will help you grasp some of the concepts of IT from a practical perspective. For example why backups are so important, How downtime can cause a lack of productivity and that end users can be a pain in the bum :biggrin
    Certifications: C&G Electronics - MCSA (W2K) MCSE (W2K)
  13. Veteran's son

    Veteran's son Megabyte Poster

    Hello and welcome to the forums! :)
    Certifications: A+
    WIP: N+
  14. wizard

    wizard Petabyte Poster

    Hi there and welcome to CF. :)
    Certifications: SIA DS Licence
    WIP: A+ 2009
  15. nugget
    Honorary Member

    nugget Junior toady

    Hi and welcome to the forum. :thumbleft
    Certifications: A+ | Network+ | Security+ | MCP (270,271,272,290,620) | MCDST | MCTS:Vista
    WIP: MCSA, 70-622,680,685

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