Beginner networking certifications: Tips for passing A+ and Network+ exams

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I studied IT two years ago. After I couldn't get an IT job I had to settle as a manager to a pizza shop. This job is satisfying, but I'm currently studying for an A+ certification. Do you think there's still hope for me? And do you have any tips for passing the A+ and N+ (Network+) exams?

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Hi there,
My suggestion is to try to get rather a qualification in ITIL not only A / N + qualification. Today, the big companies are looking more for out of the box thinkers rather than those that can perform only in a very limited area. The focus is rather on problem management and proactiveness and the courses that you want to do are dealing more with fire fighting and implementing known solutions. Yes the information used in those courses is useful but not enough to get you a good job in the IT environment. Other direction is if you focus on the technical environment and further your studies in Cisco, but at the same time having an overall approach to IT.

This is a similar question/answer. It’s kind of like real estate… rather than location, location, location – it’s practice, practice, practice. You need to become proficient and show your value quickly. Know what you know and what you do not know, have an idea of where to go get answers. In other words, IT is more that getting certifications… it’s like Will Rogers said, “It’s not what you pay a man, but what he costs you that counts.” – give the company that hires you good value for the $$ they pay you.

Good luck!

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  • Schmidtw
    Recently there has been a large rash of IT certification fraud going on. With this in mind, be very careful with any sites you choose to look at because their authenticity may be lacking...meaning, illegal content, questions, or answers. Hope this helps! -Schmidtw
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  • Ed Tittel
    You can check out a nice article that Will Harper posted to his training company's Web site that provides a well-structured guide to certification preparation in general. In particular, I think it's a good idea to buy a big study guide, an Exam Cram, and one or more practice exams for each subject to help you make sure you're good and ready to take the exam. While I agree with another poster that A+ and Network+ may not e enough to get you a job nowadays, I'd recommend something like CCNA as a next step, unless you have working as a corporate/enterprise project manager/IT profession in mind. Only then does ITIL+ really make sense, and it's probably best to wait until you get some more experience under your belt--and make sure you actually can and want to work in IT--before tackling ITIL. Good luck with your career planning and certifications. Please post again to this thread, or start a new one, if you have other certification quesions that I might be able to answer. --Ed--
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