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I am pretty new to IT. But dreaming to enter the door though. How's the route of A+, network+, then MCSA. Is it still a feasible way to get an entry level job. I don't mind how many certs to go after, don't mind to assemble computor at the back of a shop. Just wanna have a new career. Been doing odd jobs for years, just hate it. Wanna change. Thanks!
A+, network+ and MCSA is definitely a good path. How's your background with computing? A+ has been updated recently, so there's now "two" tracks you can be certified on. I think you only have a couple of months left to get the older track, and after that, it's all going to be the "2006" objectives.
There's alot of things to consider when choosing a new career, money is usually the first thing. Can you afford to survive on the salary of a pc tech. where you might only be making slightly better than minimum wage? Your current career could also affect the outcome, I know cases where people with call centre background were able to jump to helpdesk/technical support jobs with a few MS exams (MCP) and thus made a decent living.
I'm not saying that helpdesk is necessarily better or worst than pc tech. and the truth is that it's probably harder to get a job as a technician without experience.
I also know of success stories from people looking into switching career using their community colleges. I know that many colleges will have co-op options built into their diploma programs, generally only 2-3 years in length, so that way you will get to have training + experience + education all in one shot in a relatively short period of time.
In your case, have you thought about CCNA? I know that there are lots of network academies out there that are great. I am sure there're lots of A+/Network+/MCSA bootcamps out there also, but they tend to be expensive, and I am not sure if they're meant for people with little or no experience.
Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) and Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA) are certifications led upto by several exams, obviously by Microsoft.
Cisco, is a highly recognized company specializing in networking hardware/software and services.
as you can see, CCNA is their entry level cert that introduces many of their technologies.
Network Academy is a training program authorized by Cisco taught by vendors around the world. I suggest it because I know of the many success stories.
2. Any source that you know about learning at Vancouver Canada? Cos' I am a Canadian.
Anyway, you've been very helpful. And many many thanks!
From experience, CCNA is sort of hard to self study unless you're doing network related work. In the summer, I was starting to study for CCNA, bought 3 routers, but then it was simply too hard to focus and learn...so then I decided to get MCSA first, I'm 2 exams away from getting my MCSA, and then I will be back to CCNA.
Vancouver eh? I know that their IT industry is starting to take off influenced by Edmonton/Calgary. I heard that Telus is launching many projects there.
Do you guys have chapters indigo over there? If not, you can shop online:
http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/home Check out CCNA books as recommended by the FAQ section, we have lots of knowledgable people here that are more than willing to help and support.
Ironbeat therefore I suggest for you to do Network+ and move up the ladder otherwise you will not understand the hard topics of CCNA
If I am lucky enough, I can print off my 30 pages of notes for the Net+ exam... Has everything you need to memorize for the exam.. (osi, cabling etc etc) (bad things is I have no idea where I stored them or even called them)
PM me and I'll meet you downtown one day.