What Next After MCDST?

Discussion in 'MCDST' started by TheITGirl, Feb 19, 2007.

  1. TheITGirl

    TheITGirl Guest

    Hello

    I am due to take my 70-272 exam soon, and hopefully I will become a
    fully-fledged MCDST.

    I would like eventually to go for my MCSA and, in the long term, my MCSE
    certification. However, I have only fairly recently (18 months ago) got into
    IT as a career, having worked as a legal secretary for over 20 years and then
    done a part-time degree in IT over 6 years.

    I am considering going for the A+ and Network+ exams before continuing on
    the MCSE route, just to plug any gaps in my knowledge. I know the A+
    concentrates on hardware, and, although I really don't want to specialise in
    hardware, at the same time I feel I need to know the basics. I took a module
    in networking as part of my degree, so I am hoping I won't find the Network+
    too hard.

    I know that some of you have taken the CompTIA exams, and wonder if you have
    any advice for me in this regard.

    Regards.

    IT Girl
     
    TheITGirl, Feb 19, 2007
    #1
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  2. First, good luck with the 272. I just took it today, and passed...as long as
    you know your stuff, you should do fine.

    As for A+ and Network+, it doesn't hurt knowing the basics of how these
    fancy blinking boxes work. ;) Since the curriculum for the A+ has just
    recently changed, I can't say for certain what it focuses on now, but when I
    took it 10 months ago, hardware was a big focal point, and the software/OS
    side was a lot of memorization of commands and such. Network+ could come in
    handy for you to give you the basic fundamentals of networking. It could
    most certainly be a good stepping stone.

    If nothing else, just study through a couple good books on the subjects and
    give the exams a try that way.

    "TheITGirl" wrote:

    > Hello
    >
    > I am due to take my 70-272 exam soon, and hopefully I will become a
    > fully-fledged MCDST.
    >
    > I would like eventually to go for my MCSA and, in the long term, my MCSE
    > certification. However, I have only fairly recently (18 months ago) got into
    > IT as a career, having worked as a legal secretary for over 20 years and then
    > done a part-time degree in IT over 6 years.
    >
    > I am considering going for the A+ and Network+ exams before continuing on
    > the MCSE route, just to plug any gaps in my knowledge. I know the A+
    > concentrates on hardware, and, although I really don't want to specialise in
    > hardware, at the same time I feel I need to know the basics. I took a module
    > in networking as part of my degree, so I am hoping I won't find the Network+
    > too hard.
    >
    > I know that some of you have taken the CompTIA exams, and wonder if you have
    > any advice for me in this regard.
    >
    > Regards.
    >
    > IT Girl
     
    Frank Shannon, Feb 20, 2007
    #2
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  3. ITGirl, see my response to the post "Next Step". It will give you my
    opinion regarding your question. In regards to your statement regarding
    the A+ exam, it not only deals with hardware, but software as well;
    specifically Microsoft Windows. Many employers look for the A+ exam
    during interviews. It is the foundation for any PC diagnostic and
    troubleshooting field. But when you read my response to a similar
    question to yours titled, "Next step", you will see that my response
    totally depends on what field you would like to concentrate on in the
    I.T. field.

    --
    Michael D. Alligood
    MCSA, MCDST, MCP, A+,
    Network+, i-Net+, CIW Assoc.,
    CIW Certified Instructor

    http://yetanotherblog.typepad.com/theclassroom



    "TheITGirl" <> wrote in message
    news::

    > Hello
    >
    > I am due to take my 70-272 exam soon, and hopefully I will become a
    > fully-fledged MCDST.
    >
    > I would like eventually to go for my MCSA and, in the long term, my MCSE
    > certification. However, I have only fairly recently (18 months ago) got into
    > IT as a career, having worked as a legal secretary for over 20 years and then
    > done a part-time degree in IT over 6 years.
    >
    > I am considering going for the A+ and Network+ exams before continuing on
    > the MCSE route, just to plug any gaps in my knowledge. I know the A+
    > concentrates on hardware, and, although I really don't want to specialise in
    > hardware, at the same time I feel I need to know the basics. I took a module
    > in networking as part of my degree, so I am hoping I won't find the Network+
    > too hard.
    >
    > I know that some of you have taken the CompTIA exams, and wonder if you have
    > any advice for me in this regard.
    >
    > Regards.
    >
    > IT Girl
     
    Michael D. Alligood, Feb 20, 2007
    #3
  4. TheITGirl

    TheITGirl Guest

    "Michael D. Alligood" wrote:

    > ITGirl, see my response to the post "Next Step". It will give you my
    > opinion regarding your question. In regards to your statement regarding
    > the A+ exam, it not only deals with hardware, but software as well;
    > specifically Microsoft Windows. Many employers look for the A+ exam
    > during interviews. It is the foundation for any PC diagnostic and
    > troubleshooting field. But when you read my response to a similar
    > question to yours titled, "Next step", you will see that my response
    > totally depends on what field you would like to concentrate on in the
    > I.T. field.
    >
    > --
    > Michael D. Alligood
    > MCSA, MCDST, MCP, A+,
    > Network+, i-Net+, CIW Assoc.,
    > CIW Certified Instructor
    >
    > http://yetanotherblog.typepad.com/theclassroom
    >
    >
    >
    > "TheITGirl" <> wrote in message
    > news::
    >
    > > Hello
    > >
    > > I am due to take my 70-272 exam soon, and hopefully I will become a
    > > fully-fledged MCDST.
    > >
    > > I would like eventually to go for my MCSA and, in the long term, my MCSE
    > > certification. However, I have only fairly recently (18 months ago) got into
    > > IT as a career, having worked as a legal secretary for over 20 years and then
    > > done a part-time degree in IT over 6 years.
    > >
    > > I am considering going for the A+ and Network+ exams before continuing on
    > > the MCSE route, just to plug any gaps in my knowledge. I know the A+
    > > concentrates on hardware, and, although I really don't want to specialise in
    > > hardware, at the same time I feel I need to know the basics. I took a module
    > > in networking as part of my degree, so I am hoping I won't find the Network+
    > > too hard.
    > >
    > > I know that some of you have taken the CompTIA exams, and wonder if you have
    > > any advice for me in this regard.
    > >
    > > Regards.
    > >
    > > IT Girl

    >
    >

    Hello Michael

    Thanks for the reply.

    I really do want to get into servers and systems admin, so the MCSA seems
    the logical next step. I thought the A+ and Network+ might be useful,
    though, to plug the gaps in my knowledge as my knowledge of hardware isn't
    that great. Then again, if I take these I will have to pay for a further
    three exams!

    I guess it won't hurt to read through the books anyway, and then decide if I
    want to take the exams. I bought the Meyers All-in-One guides for Network+
    and A+ (the latter updated for the new versions of the exams) and they seem
    very comprehensive and well written.

    BTW, for anyone in the UK, I can thoroughly recommend a company called
    Register Books - http://books.theregister.co.uk/ - a small company based in
    Birmingham, UK, for your study books. Their prices are similar to Amazon,
    but their speed of delivery is excellent - I ordered them on a Sunday evening
    and chose the free delivery option, and the books arrived on Tuesday morning!

    Regards.

    IT Girl
     
    TheITGirl, Feb 21, 2007
    #4
  5. The A+ is not a bad thing to have in your bag. I have ran across System
    Administrators that cannot change out a NIC. Sad.

    --
    Michael D. Alligood
    MCSA, MCDST, MCP, A+,
    Network+, i-Net+, CIW Assoc.,
    CIW Certified Instructor

    http://yetanotherblog.typepad.com/theclassroom



    "TheITGirl" <> wrote in message
    news::

    > "Michael D. Alligood" wrote:
    >
    > > ITGirl, see my response to the post "Next Step". It will give you my
    > > opinion regarding your question. In regards to your statement regarding
    > > the A+ exam, it not only deals with hardware, but software as well;
    > > specifically Microsoft Windows. Many employers look for the A+ exam
    > > during interviews. It is the foundation for any PC diagnostic and
    > > troubleshooting field. But when you read my response to a similar
    > > question to yours titled, "Next step", you will see that my response
    > > totally depends on what field you would like to concentrate on in the
    > > I.T. field.
    > >
    > > --
    > > Michael D. Alligood
    > > MCSA, MCDST, MCP, A+,
    > > Network+, i-Net+, CIW Assoc.,
    > > CIW Certified Instructor
    > >
    > > http://yetanotherblog.typepad.com/theclassroom
    > >
    > >
    > >
    > > "TheITGirl" <> wrote in message
    > > news::
    > >
    > > > Hello
    > > >
    > > > I am due to take my 70-272 exam soon, and hopefully I will become a
    > > > fully-fledged MCDST.
    > > >
    > > > I would like eventually to go for my MCSA and, in the long term, my MCSE
    > > > certification. However, I have only fairly recently (18 months ago) got into
    > > > IT as a career, having worked as a legal secretary for over 20 years and then
    > > > done a part-time degree in IT over 6 years.
    > > >
    > > > I am considering going for the A+ and Network+ exams before continuing on
    > > > the MCSE route, just to plug any gaps in my knowledge. I know the A+
    > > > concentrates on hardware, and, although I really don't want to specialise in
    > > > hardware, at the same time I feel I need to know the basics. I took a module
    > > > in networking as part of my degree, so I am hoping I won't find the Network+
    > > > too hard.
    > > >
    > > > I know that some of you have taken the CompTIA exams, and wonder if you have
    > > > any advice for me in this regard.
    > > >
    > > > Regards.
    > > >
    > > > IT Girl

    > >
    > >

    > Hello Michael
    >
    > Thanks for the reply.
    >
    > I really do want to get into servers and systems admin, so the MCSA seems
    > the logical next step. I thought the A+ and Network+ might be useful,
    > though, to plug the gaps in my knowledge as my knowledge of hardware isn't
    > that great. Then again, if I take these I will have to pay for a further
    > three exams!
    >
    > I guess it won't hurt to read through the books anyway, and then decide if I
    > want to take the exams. I bought the Meyers All-in-One guides for Network+
    > and A+ (the latter updated for the new versions of the exams) and they seem
    > very comprehensive and well written.
    >
    > BTW, for anyone in the UK, I can thoroughly recommend a company called
    > Register Books - http://books.theregister.co.uk/ - a small company based in
    > Birmingham, UK, for your study books. Their prices are similar to Amazon,
    > but their speed of delivery is excellent - I ordered them on a Sunday evening
    > and chose the free delivery option, and the books arrived on Tuesday morning!
    >
    > Regards.
    >
    > IT Girl
     
    Michael D. Alligood, Feb 21, 2007
    #5
  6. Hey I just learned what SATA was yesterday haha I can change out NIC cards
    LOL I really do need to take the A+ eventually probably. I could use some
    education on all the connectors and hardware theory. I have no problem
    replacing any of it though. So i'm not totally ignorant.

    "Michael D. Alligood" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > The A+ is not a bad thing to have in your bag. I have ran across System
    > Administrators that cannot change out a NIC. Sad.
    >
    > --
    > Michael D. Alligood
    > MCSA, MCDST, MCP, A+,
    > Network+, i-Net+, CIW Assoc.,
    > CIW Certified Instructor
    >
    > http://yetanotherblog.typepad.com/theclassroom
    >
    >
    >
    > "TheITGirl" <> wrote in message
    > news::
    >
    >> "Michael D. Alligood" wrote:
    >>
    >> > ITGirl, see my response to the post "Next Step". It will give you my
    >> > opinion regarding your question. In regards to your statement regarding
    >> > the A+ exam, it not only deals with hardware, but software as well;
    >> > specifically Microsoft Windows. Many employers look for the A+ exam
    >> > during interviews. It is the foundation for any PC diagnostic and
    >> > troubleshooting field. But when you read my response to a similar
    >> > question to yours titled, "Next step", you will see that my response
    >> > totally depends on what field you would like to concentrate on in the
    >> > I.T. field.
    >> >
    >> > --
    >> > Michael D. Alligood
    >> > MCSA, MCDST, MCP, A+,
    >> > Network+, i-Net+, CIW Assoc.,
    >> > CIW Certified Instructor
    >> >
    >> > http://yetanotherblog.typepad.com/theclassroom
    >> >
    >> >
    >> >
    >> > "TheITGirl" <> wrote in message
    >> > news::
    >> >
    >> > > Hello
    >> > >
    >> > > I am due to take my 70-272 exam soon, and hopefully I will become a
    >> > > fully-fledged MCDST.
    >> > >
    >> > > I would like eventually to go for my MCSA and, in the long term, my
    >> > > MCSE
    >> > > certification. However, I have only fairly recently (18 months ago)
    >> > > got into
    >> > > IT as a career, having worked as a legal secretary for over 20 years
    >> > > and then
    >> > > done a part-time degree in IT over 6 years.
    >> > >
    >> > > I am considering going for the A+ and Network+ exams before
    >> > > continuing on
    >> > > the MCSE route, just to plug any gaps in my knowledge. I know the A+
    >> > > concentrates on hardware, and, although I really don't want to
    >> > > specialise in
    >> > > hardware, at the same time I feel I need to know the basics. I took
    >> > > a module
    >> > > in networking as part of my degree, so I am hoping I won't find the
    >> > > Network+
    >> > > too hard.
    >> > >
    >> > > I know that some of you have taken the CompTIA exams, and wonder if
    >> > > you have
    >> > > any advice for me in this regard.
    >> > >
    >> > > Regards.
    >> > >
    >> > > IT Girl
    >> >
    >> >

    >> Hello Michael
    >>
    >> Thanks for the reply.
    >>
    >> I really do want to get into servers and systems admin, so the MCSA seems
    >> the logical next step. I thought the A+ and Network+ might be useful,
    >> though, to plug the gaps in my knowledge as my knowledge of hardware
    >> isn't
    >> that great. Then again, if I take these I will have to pay for a further
    >> three exams!
    >>
    >> I guess it won't hurt to read through the books anyway, and then decide
    >> if I
    >> want to take the exams. I bought the Meyers All-in-One guides for
    >> Network+
    >> and A+ (the latter updated for the new versions of the exams) and they
    >> seem
    >> very comprehensive and well written.
    >>
    >> BTW, for anyone in the UK, I can thoroughly recommend a company called
    >> Register Books - http://books.theregister.co.uk/ - a small company based
    >> in
    >> Birmingham, UK, for your study books. Their prices are similar to
    >> Amazon,
    >> but their speed of delivery is excellent - I ordered them on a Sunday
    >> evening
    >> and chose the free delivery option, and the books arrived on Tuesday
    >> morning!
    >>
    >> Regards.
    >>
    >> IT Girl

    >
     
    Keith Chilton, Feb 22, 2007
    #6
  7. nope but i got very interested in IR-TranP last night. LOL

    "Jonathan Roberts" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Keith Chilton wrote:
    >> Hey I just learned what SATA was yesterday haha I can change out NIC
    >> cards

    >
    > But, do you know what PATA is?
     
    Keith Chilton, Feb 22, 2007
    #7
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