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Discussion in 'Training & Development' started by Akaza, Aug 14, 2009.

  1. Akaza

    Akaza Bit Poster

    Hello All,

    After looking through the forum it looks like I need some help and direction and would greatly appreciate your thoughts.

    Im 23 and currently a Butcher, I want a career change and with IT its something I always wanted to do but never had got around to pursue.

    With a little one on the way it has kicked my behind into gear and looking into the future.

    I want to go into IT Technical support so I gain gain experience while broading my knowledge within the field, so one day I could start my own business in this area to business/households.

    With the research I have done it would seem to do the CompTIA A+ Essentials with 220-602: IT Technician.

    After this I would then be able to gain entry into a company to gain valued experience so that I can continue onto a MCDST.. If im correct? Allowing me to progress onto my career ladder giving me the knowlege to one day start my own Business.

    I have looked into TrainingProviders and they all seem hugely overpriced, and im pretty sure that I could pass the A+ exams with self learning with "CompTIA A+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide, Sixth Edition" by Mike Meyers.

    - Is this a good route to follow?
    - How much would it roughly cost?

    Thanks for reading, I know its a long post and I thank you for taking time to read this and hope you can help me.

    Thanks Again,

    p.s. Did post in the new members section, but upon reflection decided would be better here.
  2. Fergal1982

    Fergal1982 Petabyte Poster

    Looks like a pretty decent route. Cost for self study would be fairly minimal really: A+ would be around £40 for MM AIO, plus around £200 for both the exams (Its been a while since i looked, so im being vague).

    Be warned that you arent going into big bucks from day one (but you seem to have spent the time looking around, so you probably picked up on that already), and that your own business could be a lot of work for not much money - but again you are looking at that as a future role, so thats good. Stick with being an employee to start with.
    Certifications: ITIL Foundation; MCTS: Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2010, Administration
    WIP: None at present
  3. Dhjinz

    Dhjinz New Member

    Hi Akaza,

    I just got the "CompTIA A+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide, Sixth Edition" by Mike Meyers as well. Was considering doing an online course but as you never know what happens I rather start off on my own and do one step at a time, and use the extra money to buy a laptop instead to help with the N+ studies.

    Good luck!
  4. Akaza

    Akaza Bit Poster

    Thanks for your opinion.

    Yea. I been looking at 1st line support and deskot support. Jobs are around £16,000/£18,000 which is fine which I dont mind since im learning and have no experience and gives me the experience while I study to MCDST.

    I agree with business may be hard work, but I dont plan on this route for another 10years or so. Maybe a bit of work in evenings doing household troubleshooting but really wont stop being a employee until I get enough clients to ensure cash each month.
  5. greenbrucelee
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    greenbrucelee Zettabyte Poster

    Sounds like a good plan, just note that you don't have to do a course get your self the afore mentioned Mike Meyers book and a PC to practice on, then book the two A+ exams when your ready.

    That way you will save yourself a ton of cash.
    Certifications: A+, N+, MCDST, Security+, 70-270
    WIP: 70-620 or 70-680?
  6. Akaza

    Akaza Bit Poster

    My All-in-one book came this morning, so will give this a try. Then book the exams and after maybe do the N+ while looking for a job in 1st line support.

    Thanks for the guidence.

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