Discussion in 'Computers' started by kennyiskarazy, Jun 2, 2011.
Just wondering because I have that and im on my way to get my Comptia A+ certifications.
They're always good to back up experience that you may already have and help get your foot in the door in companies where you would like to work if you have no experience.
Not sure what country you are in. Companies where I live (UK), Some prefer qualifications, some prefer experience.
I have a lot of experience but no paperwork and I get on quite well, but if I had formal accreditations I would do better. Often I find people who have no experience and just qualifications come off as a little green to me. Its a sweeping generalisation I know, but its just my experience of the specific individuals I have worked with.
I worked in IT for 6 years then left for almost the same amount of time. I kept up with basic technology but as for networking environments I was sorely dated. I tried applying for work recently, even basic computer tech positions, I got nothing. So I'm in school now for a full year upgrading everything; meaning A+ , Network+, Security+, Linux+, MS 2008 R2 track and Cisco's CCNA. My focus will be Linux and Cisco when I'm done, the windows side is good to touch on but its not of my interest.
A+ is a good start, it's a very broad certificate with no focus on 1 particular area. It mainly states that you have a decent foundation in computer knowledge. I'd highly recommend specializing in an area that interests you (and that is in demand).
CompTIA is mainly for an indepth generalized look at specific areas in computing; CompTIA
These are more specialized networking courses (if you are interested):
Cisco; IT Certification - Cisco - Cisco Systems
Juniper; Education - Juniper Networks
and 2 Linux certs that are good to have;
LPI; Certification / Home - LPI -
Redhat; redhat.com | Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE)