Landed new job! Desktop Operator (Question)
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I graduated in December 2009 with a B.S. in Management Information Systems. After looking for an IT job for 6 months, I finally found one only 3 minutes from my house for a major oil company! My question is should I even bother with the A+ certification? Would Network + be a better choice? My goal is to become a System Admin. in the near future. Any help would be much appreciated.
No cert is necessarilly a waste of time be it the A+or Net+. What's more important is the knowledge you gain in studying for these certs. Download the objectives for the A+ and if you are comfortable with answering questions in the objective you could probably just skip getting that cert. The same goes for the Net+.
It would probably be a good idea to go ahead and study for and obtain the Net+ as the knowledge you gain from that will help you further down the road. The network knowledge I gained from the Net+ has helped me so far in studying for more advanced vendor specific certs.
First off, congratulations!
Second, I hope it isn't for BP
Third, I would personally do them. Even if you know most/all the information, the piece of paper is always nice to know. Then you should get on the MCSA/E/MCITP path depending on where you want to go.
I currently to desktop support too.
The rule i followed. Get qualified for the job you have, A+, MCITP: Enterprise Support Tech, then get qualified by doing the cert for the job you want.
In all reality how long will it take to get A+ and MCITP: Enterprise Support Tech.. 4 to 6 weeks. (Also the things you learn in MCITP: Enterprise support Tech, might help you a lot)
A+ -> Network+ -> MCITP:EDST -> MCITP:EA
You could easily skip it if you think you have that knowledge. If Cisco interests you than just start working on that.
A+ at this point has very little ROI in my opinion. Especially at 239.00 USD. Eeeeeek
The path Veritas listed is a nice one as far as I am concerned, if you really want to specialize in Microsoft. I would concentrate on impressing your peers and managers at this point. Learn the environment, study the environment, and soak everything up about your job.
And remember management liking you and respecting your work ethtic trumps any certification.
Just my opinion.
BTW gratz on the MIS, very nice.