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career advice would be appreciated 12 years 4 weeks ago #4789

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i am getting my diploma in computer and network support technician, which is pretty much administering win2k/xp/linux/unix environments, subnetting and creating networks, using active directory and programming applications in C/VB/Javascript.

now thats all fine and dandy but most help desk jobs i see out there require an A+ and MSCE cert.

are these good to get for a wannabe network administrator?
all the IT tech support is moving to India nowadays so Im thinking if I am wasting my time?

Frustration is setting in. It seems like all I am doing is spending money for tuition and supplies, and not even getting anything in return.

I hear burger king is hiring :)
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Re: career advice would be appreciated 12 years 3 weeks ago #4795

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s0berage,

The A+ and Network+ certs are certainly not requirements for any Administrator. The fact is that most Administrator's start off as technicians, repairing and upgrading Pc's, picking up valuable experience for the future.

At this stage, the A+ and Net+ will certainly prove useful, and since from what I understand, your just starting out, it would be a good idea to sit for them.

Personally, I believe that the exams are very easy and wouldn't require more than 2 months if you study on a daily basis, but it would also depend on you current level of knowledge and how fast you can absorb the material.

Closing, whichever way you look at it, I wouldn't call it a waist of time or money, as they will prove useful at some point in the future.

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Re: career advice would be appreciated 12 years 3 weeks ago #4802

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Knowledge never goes waste dude !!
Theres a start for everything. A+ and N+ are the prerequisites. I know couple of people who have their MCSE but dont know the diff between a RD and SD ram modules !!

I started from A+ and then gradually ended up by having my MCSE and CCNA certs.

so i dont see y u shud be frustrated.. go on with your MCSA / MCSE
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Re: career advice would be appreciated 12 years 3 weeks ago #4805

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2 days after posting this i get two interview callbacks for help desk analyst positions :) ....thanks for the advice guys.
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Re: career advice would be appreciated 12 years 2 weeks ago #4921

What did the IT Graduate say to the Business Graduate?

Will you have fries with that Sir.

In Australia there are more IT jobs advertised than in the past...
6 months ago about 60 a week on "Seek" now about 150 a week
with more realistic expectations for qualifications.

May be things are getting better?
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Re: career advice would be appreciated 12 years 2 weeks ago #4923

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Adam,

Are things really picking up back in Australia?

I remember back on November 2001 when I left Sydney (still miss that place!) IT jobs were very hard to find and the salaries didn't seem that promising.

After almost 3 years ... seems like Australia will be attracting once more overseas IT contractors!
Chris Partsenidis.
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