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#1 kman1992

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 01:17 PM

I'm currently going to school to become a network administrator. I want to start out with a computer support job to get some experience. Any advice on how to become successful in this field of study.

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 08:22 AM

I am currently in the same situation as you.  I am working on a networkiing degree also.  I really don't know how you really get a job in networking or for that matter databases as no one will hire someone without many years of experience.  In my area I can pull up a thousand IT jobs and 99.9% will want many years of experience.  There is even a job open at my college for a networking specialist that no grad is qualified for! 

 

I am currently volunteering at a nonprofit IT group.  I am studying for the A+ exam, learning on my own PHP, MySQL, Java, and will be starting to learn VMWare.  I have built many computers so I am good on the hardware front.

 

My only hope is to luckily get some type of technician/support job and go from there.  That is my plan, just learn as much as I can in many areas and hopefully get lucky.  I would also like to hear from some other people regarding this. 



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Posted 26 March 2013 - 09:01 AM

Did you get a book for the A+ exam? Which one did you get?

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 09:12 AM

I have All in One CompTIA Certification Exam Guide by Mike Meyers, the eighth edition.  This covers the new 220-801 and 220-802 exams.  The 801 and 802 exams feature new hands on questions.  You can still take the older exams up until August I believe which have only mulitple choice.

 

This is the one most people recommend.  I am watching the videos at professormesser.com.

 

I plan on getting a book with mostly exam questions soon and then going back through the above book, especially the operating system parts, using my computer to go through the steps, as I am not as knowledgable in that area, especially with the command prompt.



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Posted 26 March 2013 - 09:31 AM

I recently ordered the A+ certification for dummies. I bought it because it was fairly cheap. Have you heard anything about this book?

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 09:53 AM

Sorry, I don't know much about that book.

 

I have guitar for dummies.  It didn't help me to play the guitar, but I think that is mostly because of my lack of musical talent. :)



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Posted 26 March 2013 - 10:07 AM

Haha yeah I plan on getting another book too. I got that kind of as a starter book. Do you go to a community college or 4 year?

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 10:54 AM

I am at a technical college.






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