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What certificates help me with my career? ( IT ) RRS feed

  • Question

  • I've seen some other similar posts and what you guys have replied to them with. But I still feel like I have some questions that I would like to be answered.

    Quick summary: I'm a 22 year old student currently studying Computer Science as my major. Due to insufficient funds I won't be able to finish my school degree and I need to find a way to show my employers that I know what I'm doing. For example I'm planning on applying for Geek Squad and many other IT jobs.

    Ever since I was 12 I've been hooked to computers ( mostly computer games ). I was planning on being a web developer but I feel that being a web developer is going to be tough to find a job since it's being outsourced over seas. I've done some computer repairs, tune-ups and even built my own personal computer. Problem with me though is that I feel very lost right now. $125 dollars is something I don't want to throw around for certificates that won't help me.

    One of the live support guys suggested the 70-685 and 70-680. If you guys could help me that would be great. Right now I have nothing to show that I'm adequate in computer hardware and software as well as web development other then my previously created sites that are still live.

    I saw a few of you mention CompTIA A+ is the place to start before considering the Microsoft certificates. If any one has the details of that it would be great.


    Careers interested in:

    Network Administrator

    Web Designer

    Computer Programmer

    Techinical Support

    Friday, July 30, 2010 10:23 PM

Answers

  • CompTia A+ is definitely a good starting point. That is the first IT cert I
    obtained. The next logical step would MCDST, which I am currently working
    on. Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician. (Exams 70-271, 70-272).
    This cert really is microsoft's answer to CompTia A+. Both of these will
    definitely validate your skills as a PC tech, like someone who could work
    for geek squad or does basic rebuild/repair, troubleshooting etc.
     
    Exams 70-680 and 70-685 will get you the MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Support
    Technician 7 cert. However consider doing the MCDST first because you can
    upgrade to the MCITP by passing only one exam 70-682 which covers the same
    criteria as the other two.
     
    I am basically in the same boat you are. I wouldnt jump right into the
    enterprise desktop support cert unless you're trying to get a job with a
    large company's IT dept. supporting hundreds of users. Start small, work
    your way up.
     
    Hope this helps.
     
    D
     
     
    "Eckehart" <=?utf-8?B?RWNrZWhhcnQ=?=> wrote in message
    news:35efb811-53c3-49b3-b5cc-81ca400b8ec7...
    I've seen some other similar posts and what you guys have replied to them
    with. But I still feel like I have some questions that I would like to be
    answered.
    Quick summary: I'm a 22 year old student currently studying Computer Science
    as my major. Due to insufficient funds I won't be able to finish my school
    degree and I need to find a way to show my employers that I know what I'm
    doing. For example I'm planning on applying for Geek Squad and many other IT
    jobs.
    Ever since I was 12 I've been hooked to computers ( mostly computer games ).
    I was planning on being a web developer but I feel that being a web
    developer is going to be tough to find a job since it's being outsourced
    over seas. I've done some computer repairs, tune-ups and even built my own
    personal computer. Problem with me though is that I feel very lost right
    now. $125 dollars is something I don't want to throw around for certificates
    that won't help me.
    One of the live support guys suggested the 70-685 and 70-680. If you guys
    could help me that would be great. Right now I have nothing to show that I'm
    adequate in computer hardware and software as well as web development other
    then my previously created sites that are still live.
    I saw a few of you mention CompTIA A+ is the place to start before
    considering the Microsoft certificates. If any one has the details of that
    it would be great.
     
    Careers interested in:
    Network Administrator
    Web Designer
    Computer Programmer
    Techinical Support
     
     
     
    • Marked as answer by Eckehart Tuesday, August 3, 2010 11:25 PM
    Saturday, July 31, 2010 3:13 AM
  • Definitely start with A+, and then move on to Net+ and Security+. After that most people choose the certification (either Cisco or MSFT) that matches most closely to what they want to do with their careers. If you are interested in networking and other stuff that is more of Cisco's strong-point. Either way, getting certified is a great way to set yourself apart from the crowd when you are job searching. I would make sure, however that you are ready for your exams before you spend the money to take them because many times you won't get a second chance without having to pay additional money. If you Google IT certification resources there are several companies out there that can help you get certified. Just avoid the brain dumps.
    • Marked as answer by Eckehart Tuesday, August 3, 2010 11:25 PM
    Tuesday, August 3, 2010 5:56 PM

All replies

  • CompTia A+ is definitely a good starting point. That is the first IT cert I
    obtained. The next logical step would MCDST, which I am currently working
    on. Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician. (Exams 70-271, 70-272).
    This cert really is microsoft's answer to CompTia A+. Both of these will
    definitely validate your skills as a PC tech, like someone who could work
    for geek squad or does basic rebuild/repair, troubleshooting etc.
     
    Exams 70-680 and 70-685 will get you the MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Support
    Technician 7 cert. However consider doing the MCDST first because you can
    upgrade to the MCITP by passing only one exam 70-682 which covers the same
    criteria as the other two.
     
    I am basically in the same boat you are. I wouldnt jump right into the
    enterprise desktop support cert unless you're trying to get a job with a
    large company's IT dept. supporting hundreds of users. Start small, work
    your way up.
     
    Hope this helps.
     
    D
     
     
    "Eckehart" <=?utf-8?B?RWNrZWhhcnQ=?=> wrote in message
    news:35efb811-53c3-49b3-b5cc-81ca400b8ec7...
    I've seen some other similar posts and what you guys have replied to them
    with. But I still feel like I have some questions that I would like to be
    answered.
    Quick summary: I'm a 22 year old student currently studying Computer Science
    as my major. Due to insufficient funds I won't be able to finish my school
    degree and I need to find a way to show my employers that I know what I'm
    doing. For example I'm planning on applying for Geek Squad and many other IT
    jobs.
    Ever since I was 12 I've been hooked to computers ( mostly computer games ).
    I was planning on being a web developer but I feel that being a web
    developer is going to be tough to find a job since it's being outsourced
    over seas. I've done some computer repairs, tune-ups and even built my own
    personal computer. Problem with me though is that I feel very lost right
    now. $125 dollars is something I don't want to throw around for certificates
    that won't help me.
    One of the live support guys suggested the 70-685 and 70-680. If you guys
    could help me that would be great. Right now I have nothing to show that I'm
    adequate in computer hardware and software as well as web development other
    then my previously created sites that are still live.
    I saw a few of you mention CompTIA A+ is the place to start before
    considering the Microsoft certificates. If any one has the details of that
    it would be great.
     
    Careers interested in:
    Network Administrator
    Web Designer
    Computer Programmer
    Techinical Support
     
     
     
    • Marked as answer by Eckehart Tuesday, August 3, 2010 11:25 PM
    Saturday, July 31, 2010 3:13 AM
  • You also should check the Microsoft Stduent Portal http://www.microsoft.com/learning/student-career/en/us/default.aspx 

    There are many benefits there for students, including upto 55% off of most Microsoft Exam including Second shot whihc is still available for stduents.

    Good luck.


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  • Definitely start with A+, and then move on to Net+ and Security+. After that most people choose the certification (either Cisco or MSFT) that matches most closely to what they want to do with their careers. If you are interested in networking and other stuff that is more of Cisco's strong-point. Either way, getting certified is a great way to set yourself apart from the crowd when you are job searching. I would make sure, however that you are ready for your exams before you spend the money to take them because many times you won't get a second chance without having to pay additional money. If you Google IT certification resources there are several companies out there that can help you get certified. Just avoid the brain dumps.
    • Marked as answer by Eckehart Tuesday, August 3, 2010 11:25 PM
    Tuesday, August 3, 2010 5:56 PM
  • A+ and Network+ will you give you a great start. However, if you are looking to be a Web Designer, you may want to look into the CIW Certifications. These certifications will help you get started in the Web Development side. You want to look into exam 1D0-510 which is the CIW Associate, and then exam 1D0-520 CIW Web Design Specialist. These exams will gave you a great foundation with a little A+/Net+ mixed in the Associate exam followed by how to design websites with Web Design Specialist.

    http://www.ciwcertified.com  - CIWCertified Website

    exam: 1D0-510 CIW Associate (First Exam)

    exam: 1D0-520 Web Design Specialist (Second Exam)

    Wednesday, August 11, 2010 7:34 PM
  • Network Administrator

    I can only speak to Network Administrator. Switch your major to buisness with an IT focus. Get your MCITP Enterprise, MSSQL, and CNA. Then be willing to move and volunteer as a help desk/net admin while your in school!
    Thursday, August 12, 2010 8:06 PM