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    Which Career?

    Hi, after working for a College for 2 years, it has now been decided by the powers that be, that my Job is to made redundant..
    Now these are the qualifications I presently have, I would like to resit the N+ course ( after failing it by a mere 5 points!!) but I don't know who's running the course in Northants.
    Anyhow these are my qualifications, which career path should I go down? or do I need to study more?? Please Help!
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    MCDST
    MCP
    CLAIT
    ECDL
    NVQ customer service
    plus odd learndirect courses in the past, including:
    Network Essentials
    Hardware Essentials
    IT troubleshooting
    Network troubleshooting
    Customer service
    Hardware Fundamentals
    Software Fundamentals
    Network Fundamentals

    Cheers! Bob

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    Plumbing - it pays way more than IT

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    You got a good set of qualifications there.

    My self I dont have many but I have bundles of experience and thats paid off with me being a Network Manager

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    What fields of IT did you enjoy whilst working at the college, if you couldn't stand an aspect but ground away till qualified it may look good but you'll probably dislike your job and inevitably work to a poorer standard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcollings View Post
    Plumbing - it pays way more than IT
    I tried plumbing once - nearly electrocuted myself! I deserve a life time ban from B&Q - not one for the whole DIY thing...

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    With qualifications like that you'll have no problem getting a placement elsewhere.

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    How do you electrocute yourself plumbing?

    Ben

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcollings View Post
    Plumbing - it pays way more than IT
    Nah Dentistry, thats where the money is!

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    I assumed the conversation with the IT dentist goes something like this:

    Teacher: "Oh this student has toothache can you fix it with this dentist drill?"
    Tech: "Im not a dentist"
    Teacher: "But.. the drills got a plug on it!!!"


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    Quote Originally Posted by plexer View Post
    How do you electrocute yourself plumbing?

    Ben
    Like this?

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    I don't know who does the Network+ course in Northants, however I do know that Tresham does the CCNA.

    Have you not thought about self-studying the Network+? It is possible.

    I self-studied the Network plus with this book, plus experience. There's an update version around but I can't comment on it as I haven't used it.

    As for the career path you should go down, you don't state what in IT you currently do, but judging by the courses/exams you've taken, why don't you stick with suport?

    Which college did/do you work for? In the past I use to work for Tresham

    -Ken

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    I've just read back over this thread. Poor guy's first post, I hope he wasn't expecting any serious answers? I think we may have scared him off - Perhaps he decided to join a plumbing forum and ask them what his career prospects are like

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    Quote Originally Posted by wagnerk View Post
    I don't know who does the Network+ course in Northants, however I do know that Tresham does the CCNA.

    Have you not thought about self-studying the Network+? It is possible.

    I self-studied the Network plus with this book, plus experience. There's an update version around but I can't comment on it as I haven't used it.

    As for the career path you should go down, you don't state what in IT you currently do, but judging by the courses/exams you've taken, why don't you stick with suport?

    Which college did/do you work for? In the past I use to work for Tresham

    -Ken
    I've got a few course books, including the "All in one" Network + guide,third edition,but that was some time ago, and I suppose the boks been updated since. At the moment Tresham's not doing the N+ and that's what course i would like to continue. As for what career path i would go down, it would have to be in a support role, or something like that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobcat View Post
    I've got a few course books, including the "All in one" Network + guide,third edition,but that was some time ago, and I suppose the boks been updated since. At the moment Tresham's not doing the N+ and that's what course i would like to continue. As for what career path i would go down, it would have to be in a support role, or something like that!
    I know that at one point Dean, Andrew & I talked about offering the Network+ & Security+ but there wasn't enough interest in order to run those courses (before I worked there as a part-time lecturer, I use to work there in IT Services).

    The "All in one" Network + guide, third edition was published in 2004 so before the major 2005 revision then added to that there was a minor 2007 revision (only small updates to the exam). The next major revision will be in 2009, and even though there will be a cross-over period (well normally there is), if you study for the 2005 objectives you'll have to make sure that you take the exam by a fixed date.

    But apart from that, have you thought about the MCSA? You've got the MCDST, so that's the elective sorted. And even though I'd recommend doing the network+ before the 70-291, there are 2 other exams (the client & server exams) that you could do before that.

    -Ken

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    Quote Originally Posted by wagnerk View Post
    I know that at one point Dean, Andrew & I talked about offering the Network+ & Security+ but there wasn't enough interest in order to run those courses (before I worked there as a part-time lecturer, I use to work there in IT Services).

    The "All in one" Network + guide, third edition was published in 2004 so before the major 2005 revision then added to that there was a minor 2007 revision (only small updates to the exam). The next major revision will be in 2009, and even though there will be a cross-over period (well normally there is), if you study for the 2005 objectives you'll have to make sure that you take the exam by a fixed date.

    But apart from that, have you thought about the MCSA? You've got the MCDST, so that's the elective sorted. And even though I'd recommend doing the network+ before the 70-291, there are 2 other exams (the client & server exams) that you could do before that.

    -Ken
    Hi Ken, Did you send that form off? Idb e interested tohave a look!!
    Bob



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