Age, Experience, Certs

Purpose of this thread? To give people who are looking to do multiple certs and idea of other peoples experience and time taken to gain certs.

Age: 19
Experiance: 1 year working for an Insurance Broker
Certs: MCDST, 2 Year Nat Dip for IT Practitioners (DDD) (Highest Possible).
Microsoft Certifications: MCITP:EA, MCSE:S, MCSA:M, MCDST, MCTS: Vista Config, MCITP: Ent Support
Citrix Certifications: CCA XenApp 4.5/5.0 and XenServer 5.0
Other: Marathon Certified Consultant (HA, FT and VM), ISEB InfoSec Management Principles and Security+
Working on: CISSP and Check Team Member
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  • strauchrstrauchr Member Posts: 528
    I gather you meant thread and not threat! icon_lol.gif

    Age: 27
    Exp: 8 years total

    2 years Help Desk and Systems Admin for major Telco (internal) (Perth)
    2 years Senior Systems Engineer and Support as well as small projects at major insurance company (Perth)
    2.5 years as a Systems Engineer/Design and Consultant to insurance industry (Perth)
    1.5 years AD Design Engineer, Project Manager, Technical Lead for major Investment Bank (London)

    Certs: Listed under my name

    edit: A bit more clarification.
  • LukeQuakeLukeQuake Member Posts: 579
    Doh! :) - Typo
    Microsoft Certifications: MCITP:EA, MCSE:S, MCSA:M, MCDST, MCTS: Vista Config, MCITP: Ent Support
    Citrix Certifications: CCA XenApp 4.5/5.0 and XenServer 5.0
    Other: Marathon Certified Consultant (HA, FT and VM), ISEB InfoSec Management Principles and Security+
    Working on: CISSP and Check Team Member
  • BF2MadBF2Mad Member Posts: 171
    Age: 23
    Certs: MCP (but I have high hopes icon_eek.gif )
    Experience:
    - 1 year on a IT help desk
    - 3 years Local\remote desktop for Computer Science Corporation (CSC)
    - 1 year 2nd/3rd line Support and everything else the company wants.
  • simon86simon86 Member Posts: 6 ■□□□□□□□□□
    Age: 20
    Certs - A+, MCDST, MCP, MCSA 2k3, (Just waiting on results for ITIL foundation).. MOS is next

    Experience:
    - 1.5 years hardware sales
    - 1.5 years hardware maintenance (desktop, servers, laserjets etc) / 3rd line support
    - 6 months (so far) 2nd line support. Mainly supporting Novell, Notes, Office and lots of custom apps for 2000+ users..
  • int80hint80h Member Posts: 84 ■■□□□□□□□□
    Age: 25
    Certs: listed to the left

    Experience: 5 years total. I'm lucky here, none of the projects I've worked only invovlved just 1 area of IT, so I've gained experience in multiple areas at once.

    software:
    4 years experience real-time software devel
    1 year experience database software devel (MySQL, Oracle)

    hardware:
    1 year experience VHDL hardware design
    2 years experience analog to digital converters design
    1 year experience AutoCAD/mechanical drawings

    networking:
    2 years designing RS 485 networks
    2 years designing CAN and LIN networks
  • MunckMunck Member Posts: 150
    Age: 26

    Experience: app. 4 years.

    6 months as helpdesk
    3 years as system administrator
    present job: IT-Security Consultant

    <---- Certs
  • HumperHumper Member Posts: 647
    Age: 20

    Experience: 3 years

    A couple contracts as a Technical Analyst, now I on a new contract for Network support (jr. network analyst)

    Certs: CCNA, working on CCNP
    Present Job: Jr. Network Analyst ^^
    :D
    Now working full time!
  • age: 19

    certs: CST, CWS, CNST, CIW-Associate, MCP, A+, Network+, i-Net+, Security+

    exp: 3 years - geek squad and doing contract work for small businesses like network security, servers, etc.

    working on MCP 70-272 and CCNA ICND to finish my MCDST and CCNA. Then on to HTI+. Also working on a Degree in Computer Science from UNiversity of Illinois at Chicago.
  • garv221garv221 Member Posts: 1,914
    Age: Turned 25 last week
    Certs: listed

    Exp: 6 years

    .5 year service tech
    1 year network tech
    2 years System Admin
    1 year Network Engineer
    1.5 years IT Director ~ present

    Software

    6 years MS


    Hardware

    Cisco 3 years routing/switching & VLANs, VPN
    2 years desiging PIX, 4 series switches
  • kaur812kaur812 Member Posts: 15 ■□□□□□□□□□
    age: 17

    Certs: MCP 70-270, working on 70-290 and some kind of Oracle cert icon_redface.gif (I take part in Oracle Internet Academy course Database Design and Programming)

    Experience: IT specialist/support for two really small companys (4 computers in each)
  • jlhctjlhct Member Posts: 92 ■■□□□□□□□□
    Wow, looking at the ages posted so far I feel old! icon_lol.gif

    Age: 33

    Experience: 8 years Help desk/Desktop Support, 4 years Network Admin.

    Certs: MCP - Windows XP, Novell CNA, hope to add Security + and ISC's after my relocation out west.
  • xwesleyxwillisxxwesleyxwillisx Member Posts: 158
    Age: 18
    Experience: 1 Year PC Tech, 2 days into Systems Tech for local Cisco partner
    Certs: CCNA, A+, N+
  • evanderburgevanderburg Member Posts: 229 ■■■□□□□□□□
    Experience: (11 years)
    Tech Support: 1 year
    Network Admin: 3 years
    Consulting: 5 years (Networking & Security)
    Teaching: 2 years

    Certs:
    MCT, MCSE, MCDBA, CWSP, MCSA, CCNA, CWNA, MCDST, CNST, CIW-A, CST, CWS, A+, Network+, iNet+, Security+, Project Management (2000), Systems Analysis
    "You can never know everything and part of what you know is always wrong. Perhaps even the most important part. A portion of wisdom lies in knowing that. A portion of courage lies in going on anyway. " - Lan, Winter's Heart by Robert Jordan
  • jpeezy55jpeezy55 Member Posts: 255
    jlhct wrote:
    Wow, looking at the ages posted so far I feel old! icon_lol.gif

    Age: 33

    Experience: 8 years Help desk/Desktop Support, 4 years Network Admin.

    Certs: MCP - Windows XP, Novell CNA, hope to add Security + and ISC's after my relocation out west.

    Here, I'll make you feel young again.

    I'm 36 icon_sad.gif

    Experience: Well, not much. I am a PC Tech celebrating my 1 year anniversary at this job next week. I do Help Desk/Support type work in a School District. No Network Admin at all (they are screwed up and I don't get to the server room much, but I do have an interview on Wednesday the 14th with a different company for something better, I hope)

    Certs: A+, CST, MCP (270 and 290) and working on Net+ then back to 291 for my MCSA and wherever from there...

    The reason for my late start...I worked for a company doing sales for over 8 years and was "downsized" in September of 2004. Went back to school for 14 months to get some certs and here I am! icon_lol.gif

    The only thing I have going for me is 23 years for informal computer repair and work...my first computer had a whopping 4K -- yes, 4k -- 3,825 BYTES of memory and used a cassette for storage and a 300 BAUD modem. My they've come a long way... icon_wink.gif
    Tech Support: "Ok, so your monitor is not working, the screen is blank, and no matter what you do it stays blank? Do you see that button on the bottom right hand side just below the screen? Press it. . . . Great, talk to you next time!"
  • strauchrstrauchr Member Posts: 528
    Phew! I was starting to think I would end up being the oldest. Interesting to see more experienced people have CNA - from when the big red N ruled the networks!!
  • okieokie Member Posts: 11 ■□□□□□□□□□
    Age: 27
    Exp: 7 years total

    5 years Network Administrator/IT Director for mid-size school in Oklahoma
    (quite the variety of skills developed there)
    2 years basic PC tech work with all MS OS's

    Certs: at left

    I did my certs over a two year period. Nothing was too bad after I had taken one MS test and my CCNA test.
  • sprkymrksprkymrk Member Posts: 4,884 ■■■□□□□□□□
    Okay, guess I'll respond as the oldest so far:

    Age 38
    Certs:
    See info at left, plus several gov't specific certs such as Computer Network Defence, System Administrator/Network Manager Security, Information Assurance Security Officer, and Vulnerability Assessment Tech 1.

    Exp:
    12 years as journeyman electrician - the journeyman's electrical exam was harder than any computer cert I have taken, it was a 6 hour exam with 50 multple choice closed book, 50 multiple choice open book (actually harder than the closed book) and 25 calculations questions. At the time the national pass rate was 1 out of 4 on first attempt, I passed with an 85%.

    2 years service tech (3 schools and a church)
    2 years Team Leader level 2 help desk and network
    2 years Network Admin for a small 50 user\3 server network
    3 years Sr LAN Admin 400 user\25 server network
    All things are possible, only believe.
  • JDMurrayJDMurray MSIT InfoSec, CISSP, SSCP, GSEC, EnCE, C|EH, CySA+, PenTest+, CASP+, Security+ Surf City, USAAdmin Posts: 11,664 Admin
    sprkymrk wrote:
    Okay, guess I'll respond as the oldest so far:

    Age 38
    I'll see your 38 and raise you my age of 43. Can anyone top that? icon_wink.gif
  • keenonkeenon Member Posts: 1,921 ■■■■□□□□□□
    lets see

    age 31

    6 years of experience

    1 year helpdesk
    1 year system admin
    1 year IT director- company folded
    3 years Network Engineer

    certs: tow motor operator, N+, CCNA, currently working on CCNP
    Become the stainless steel sharp knife in a drawer full of rusty spoons
  • mwillmwill Member Posts: 51 ■■□□□□□□□□
    Age: 22
    Years of exp: 2.5

    1 year Senior support tech @ Dell computers - call center
    1.5 years of desktop/network support at a Healthcare company - Present

    Certs: Dell cert DCSE, N+, MCP, CCNA - working towards CCNP
    Marcus Williamson
  • sprkymrksprkymrk Member Posts: 4,884 ■■■□□□□□□□
    JDMurray wrote:
    sprkymrk wrote:
    Okay, guess I'll respond as the oldest so far:

    Age 38
    I'll see your 38 and raise you my age of 43. Can anyone top that? icon_wink.gif
    Dang, I bet you remember when the Dead Sea was just sick! icon_lol.gif
    All things are possible, only believe.
  • 12thlevelwarrior12thlevelwarrior Member Posts: 302
    32

    6 years

    4 tech support
    2 sys admin

    mcp, working towards mcsa
    Every man dies, not every man really lives.
  • supertechCETmasupertechCETma Member Posts: 377
    age 51

    exp 25

    4yrs - submarine/satellite digital communications
    21yrs - process industries instrumentation & controls - from mainframes to embedded, anything 120v and below.
    icon_cool.gif
    Electronic Technicians Association-International www.eta-i.org
    The Fiber Optic Association www.thefoa.org
    Home Acoustics Alliance® http://www.homeacoustics.net/
    Imaging Science Foundation http://www.imagingscience.com/
  • billybob01billybob01 Member Posts: 504
    :D I feel Young again!!!!!!!

    Age 40. 3 Yrs I.T Exp
    2 yrs with IBM
    1 yr in Education as an ICT Administrator
  • SRTMCSESRTMCSE Member Posts: 249
    Age: 22 years old
    Experience: 3 years
    Certification: MCSE:Security 2003, MCDST, MCP, C|EA, Security+, Network+, A+

    2 years Technical Services (desktop support) for a large IT bootcamp
    1 year Network/Systems Admin. for a small community bank
    Misc. projects for consulting firms in between jobs
  • hanakuinhanakuin Member Posts: 144
    Certifications to the left. Age: 30. 5 years Sys Admin (One of Many) for an Aerospace Contractor. 6 years Sys Admin (Only One) for a Community Bank.
  • biggenebiggene Member Posts: 152 ■■■■□□□□□□
    Age:38

    Certs: A+, working on 270, then Net+, then finishing MCSE for 2k3

    Experience:
    13 years helpdesk for various contract companies
    1 year Desktop Support

    It has taken me quite a while to figure out exactly where in the computer industry I wanted to go, but now I am on track, have a great job with an awesome boss, and hope to be Net+ and MCSE by the end of the year

    Gene
  • LukeQuakeLukeQuake Member Posts: 579
    Best of luck to ya!
    Microsoft Certifications: MCITP:EA, MCSE:S, MCSA:M, MCDST, MCTS: Vista Config, MCITP: Ent Support
    Citrix Certifications: CCA XenApp 4.5/5.0 and XenServer 5.0
    Other: Marathon Certified Consultant (HA, FT and VM), ISEB InfoSec Management Principles and Security+
    Working on: CISSP and Check Team Member
  • Nathan of GothTechNathan of GothTech Member Posts: 11 ■□□□□□□□□□
    Age: 23

    Experience: 4 Years Computer tech
    Run a PC Repair business in Sumter, SC



    Certification: A+, Network+, Dell F2005 Desktops
    Nathan

    A+ ,Network+ ,Dell 2005 F Desktops
  • strauchrstrauchr Member Posts: 528
    biggene wrote:
    Age:38

    Certs: A+, working on 270, then Net+, then finishing MCSE for 2k3

    Experience:
    13 years helpdesk for various contract companies
    1 year Desktop Support

    It has taken me quite a while to figure out exactly where in the computer industry I wanted to go, but now I am on track, have a great job with an awesome boss, and hope to be Net+ and MCSE by the end of the year

    Gene

    13 years in Help Desk!! That would have killed me - you must be tough :)
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