job to prepare for MCDST

Discussion in 'MCDST' started by me10lee83, Jul 31, 2007.

  1. me10lee83

    me10lee83 Guest

    I just took exam 70-271 and did not pass (got a score of 677, need 700 to
    pass). I did not take any courses and don't have any real-world experience in
    this area. Computers has always kinda been a hobby of mine and I pick up on
    it really quickly. I prepared for this exam by buying the Microsoft study
    guide book and working through that over the course of a couple of months.
    I don't really feel like any more studying will do me any good, I feel
    in order to get the rest of the information I need to get some experience.
    However, without prior experience how can I get a job to get more experience?
    Anyone have any recommendations?
    me10lee83, Jul 31, 2007
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  2. "me10lee83" <> wrote in message
    news::

    > I just took exam 70-271 and did not pass (got a score of 677, need 700 to
    > pass). I did not take any courses and don't have any real-world experience in
    > this area. Computers has always kinda been a hobby of mine and I pick up on
    > it really quickly. I prepared for this exam by buying the Microsoft study
    > guide book and working through that over the course of a couple of months.
    > I don't really feel like any more studying will do me any good, I feel
    > in order to get the rest of the information I need to get some experience.
    > However, without prior experience how can I get a job to get more experience?
    > Anyone have any recommendations?


    A circle has no beginning. You choice to pursue this certification
    without prior experience was a lesson learned the hard way. There will
    probably (hopefully) be tons of advise this post will render. But what
    it boils down to is; Experience is experience -- no matter how it is
    achieved. Meaning you can get paid for it (preferably) or you may have
    to earn it by volunteering. Honestly those are your 2 choices. How you
    go about either of those choices is entirely your decision. The key to
    making this decision is to hit the streets and do some research. Read
    the classifieds, visit local I.T. shops, attend ITPRO or other IT
    Usergroups, etc. Make yourself available and network with individuals
    and businesses.

    Good luck.

    --
    Michael D. Alligood,
    MCITP, MCTS, MCSA, MCDST
    The I.T. Classroom - http://www.theitclassroom.com/
    CertGuard, Inc. - http://www.certguard.com
    Michael D. Alligood [CertGuard, Inc.], Jul 31, 2007
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  3. me10lee83

    Montreal MCT Guest

    I agree with my esteemed colleague Michael, but want to add one thing. You
    claim that: "I don't really feel like any more studying will do me any
    good," My opinion is that studying can always do you good. You received a
    score report with your exam results which should highlight the areas that
    you are weak in. Having taken that exam I do not think that you can get a
    100% without real-world experience, but you can certainly pass the exam with
    a good knowledge of Windows XP. I suggest you take that study guide and hit
    the books to study what you are lacking.

    As well if you are really on the border, as a 677 is (you probably failed by
    one or two questions) I suggest you invest in the MS Press Self-Paced
    Training Kit for that exam. I suggest you open the Readiness Review Suites
    on the included CDs and run through a few practice exams. Once you have
    done that and reviewed your answers you will be ready to retake the exam.

    Good luck and let us know how you did!

    M

    --
    Mitch Garvis, MCT
    MCSA, MCITP, MCDST, MCTS
    Microsoft MVP: Windows Server - Customer Experience
    Visit my blog at http://blog.mitchgarvis.com
    "me10lee83" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > I just took exam 70-271 and did not pass (got a score of 677, need 700
    > to
    > pass). I did not take any courses and don't have any real-world experience
    > in
    > this area. Computers has always kinda been a hobby of mine and I pick up
    > on
    > it really quickly. I prepared for this exam by buying the Microsoft study
    > guide book and working through that over the course of a couple of months.
    > I don't really feel like any more studying will do me any good, I feel
    > in order to get the rest of the information I need to get some experience.
    > However, without prior experience how can I get a job to get more
    > experience?
    > Anyone have any recommendations?
    Montreal MCT, Aug 1, 2007
    #3
  4. me10lee83

    me10lee83 Guest

    Thanks for the advice. I used the self-paced study guide to help me prepare
    the first time and will definitely continue working on the practice tests and
    reviewing my incorrect answers and stuff but think I'll wait to take the exam
    again til I can get at least a little real world experience (as opposed to
    playing around on my own computer as i've done so far)
    The only problem is where to start when you have nothing to put on your
    resume. A neighbor of mine has his own comp company and mentioned possibly a
    short-term job to give me some experience and something to put down so that
    would be good, also thinking of maybe applying to some temp agencies. Other
    than that I guess I'll just start looking/applying places and if I'm lucky
    I'll find someone will to do a bit of training (and lucky for them I pick up
    on this kind of stuff real fast, hence the almost passing score with nothing
    but book-knowledge).

    "Montreal MCT" wrote:

    > I agree with my esteemed colleague Michael, but want to add one thing. You
    > claim that: "I don't really feel like any more studying will do me any
    > good," My opinion is that studying can always do you good. You received a
    > score report with your exam results which should highlight the areas that
    > you are weak in. Having taken that exam I do not think that you can get a
    > 100% without real-world experience, but you can certainly pass the exam with
    > a good knowledge of Windows XP. I suggest you take that study guide and hit
    > the books to study what you are lacking.
    >
    > As well if you are really on the border, as a 677 is (you probably failed by
    > one or two questions) I suggest you invest in the MS Press Self-Paced
    > Training Kit for that exam. I suggest you open the Readiness Review Suites
    > on the included CDs and run through a few practice exams. Once you have
    > done that and reviewed your answers you will be ready to retake the exam.
    >
    > Good luck and let us know how you did!
    >
    > M
    >
    > --
    > Mitch Garvis, MCT
    > MCSA, MCITP, MCDST, MCTS
    > Microsoft MVP: Windows Server - Customer Experience
    > Visit my blog at http://blog.mitchgarvis.com
    > "me10lee83" <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    > > I just took exam 70-271 and did not pass (got a score of 677, need 700
    > > to
    > > pass). I did not take any courses and don't have any real-world experience
    > > in
    > > this area. Computers has always kinda been a hobby of mine and I pick up
    > > on
    > > it really quickly. I prepared for this exam by buying the Microsoft study
    > > guide book and working through that over the course of a couple of months.
    > > I don't really feel like any more studying will do me any good, I feel
    > > in order to get the rest of the information I need to get some experience.
    > > However, without prior experience how can I get a job to get more
    > > experience?
    > > Anyone have any recommendations?

    >
    me10lee83, Aug 2, 2007
    #4
  5. me10lee83

    Montreal MCT Guest

    When you are short of experience my recommendation is to find a community or
    charitable organization that needs a hand and volunteer. The YMHA in
    Montreal has a walk-in computer centre where I have sent a few people who
    needed experience... they got it, and helped out kids in need at the same
    time.

    Good luck!

    M

    --
    Mitch Garvis, MCT
    MCSA, MCITP, MCDST, MCTS
    Microsoft MVP: Windows Server - Customer Experience
    Visit my blog at http://blog.mitchgarvis.com
    "me10lee83" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Thanks for the advice. I used the self-paced study guide to help me
    > prepare
    > the first time and will definitely continue working on the practice tests
    > and
    > reviewing my incorrect answers and stuff but think I'll wait to take the
    > exam
    > again til I can get at least a little real world experience (as opposed to
    > playing around on my own computer as i've done so far)
    > The only problem is where to start when you have nothing to put on your
    > resume. A neighbor of mine has his own comp company and mentioned possibly
    > a
    > short-term job to give me some experience and something to put down so
    > that
    > would be good, also thinking of maybe applying to some temp agencies.
    > Other
    > than that I guess I'll just start looking/applying places and if I'm lucky
    > I'll find someone will to do a bit of training (and lucky for them I pick
    > up
    > on this kind of stuff real fast, hence the almost passing score with
    > nothing
    > but book-knowledge).
    >
    > "Montreal MCT" wrote:
    >
    >> I agree with my esteemed colleague Michael, but want to add one thing.
    >> You
    >> claim that: "I don't really feel like any more studying will do me any
    >> good," My opinion is that studying can always do you good. You received
    >> a
    >> score report with your exam results which should highlight the areas that
    >> you are weak in. Having taken that exam I do not think that you can get
    >> a
    >> 100% without real-world experience, but you can certainly pass the exam
    >> with
    >> a good knowledge of Windows XP. I suggest you take that study guide and
    >> hit
    >> the books to study what you are lacking.
    >>
    >> As well if you are really on the border, as a 677 is (you probably failed
    >> by
    >> one or two questions) I suggest you invest in the MS Press Self-Paced
    >> Training Kit for that exam. I suggest you open the Readiness Review
    >> Suites
    >> on the included CDs and run through a few practice exams. Once you have
    >> done that and reviewed your answers you will be ready to retake the exam.
    >>
    >> Good luck and let us know how you did!
    >>
    >> M
    >>
    >> --
    >> Mitch Garvis, MCT
    >> MCSA, MCITP, MCDST, MCTS
    >> Microsoft MVP: Windows Server - Customer Experience
    >> Visit my blog at http://blog.mitchgarvis.com
    >> "me10lee83" <> wrote in message
    >> news:...
    >> > I just took exam 70-271 and did not pass (got a score of 677, need
    >> > 700
    >> > to
    >> > pass). I did not take any courses and don't have any real-world
    >> > experience
    >> > in
    >> > this area. Computers has always kinda been a hobby of mine and I pick
    >> > up
    >> > on
    >> > it really quickly. I prepared for this exam by buying the Microsoft
    >> > study
    >> > guide book and working through that over the course of a couple of
    >> > months.
    >> > I don't really feel like any more studying will do me any good, I
    >> > feel
    >> > in order to get the rest of the information I need to get some
    >> > experience.
    >> > However, without prior experience how can I get a job to get more
    >> > experience?
    >> > Anyone have any recommendations?

    >>
    Montreal MCT, Aug 2, 2007
    #5
  6. "Montreal MCT" <> wrote in message
    news::

    > When you are short of experience my recommendation is to find a community or
    > charitable organization that needs a hand and volunteer. The YMHA in
    > Montreal has a walk-in computer centre where I have sent a few people who
    > needed experience... they got it, and helped out kids in need at the same
    > time.
    >
    > Good luck!
    >
    > M
    >
    > --
    > Mitch Garvis, MCT
    > MCSA, MCITP, MCDST, MCTS
    > Microsoft MVP: Windows Server - Customer Experience
    > Visit my blog at http://blog.mitchgarvis.com
    > "me10lee83" <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    > >> > I don't really feel like any more studying will do me any good, I
    > >> > feel
    > >> > in order to get the rest of the information I need to get some
    > >> > experience.

    >

    Also, one thing you need to remember in the I.T. field: YOU NEVER STOP
    STUDYING. Whatever one wants to call it; studying, learning, absorbing,
    etc.. It should never stop. Good luck.

    --
    Michael D. Alligood,
    MCITP, MCTS, MCSA, MCDST
    The I.T. Classroom - http://www.theitclassroom.com/
    CertGuard, Inc. - http://www.certguard.com
    Michael D. Alligood [CertGuard, Inc.], Aug 2, 2007
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