Getting started in the IT field

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Jun 17th, 2009
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I just graduated college with a Bachelors degree in Business Admin. Now that I'm finished I've re-evaluated what I want to do with my life and I decided that I want to get into the IT field. My problem is my only background is building a few computers at home along with home networking. Where do I start? I don't know the minimum knowledge that is needed to get the CCENT which seems to be the starting point here. I looked here because I was told by someone in the field that Cisco Certification is the way to go. Any advice?

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Collin Clark Thu, 06/18/2009 - 06:00
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Robert-


First, congrats on finishing school! Second, welcome to IT. There are quite a few options these days for training. You can go to a traditional week long class,

http://www.globalknowledge.com/training/course.asp?pageid=9&courseid=10418&catid=206&country=United+States


bootcamps,

http://www.globalknowledge.com/training/course.asp?pageid=9&courseid=10416&catid=206&country=United+States


CBTs (computer based training),

http://www.cbtplanet.com/ccent.htm


Web-based training,

http://www.internetworkexpert.com/ccent.htm


or self study materials.

http://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&tag=mozilla-20&index=blended&link_code=qs&field-keywords=forouzan&sourceid=Mozilla-search


Starting out, a training class may be the best way to go. You have access to an instructor that can answer all of your questions (and you'll have a lot). Like any industry, the harder you work and the more learn, the more successful you'll be. Keep tinkering with PC's, operating systems, anything you can get your hands on. You'll end up supporting it someday :-)

robert.w.m Thu, 06/18/2009 - 09:56
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Thanks for the help. Is there anything that I should consider doing like N+ or A+ before I start studying for the CCENT or CCNA. I'm just worried that I should have more background before I attempt investing my time in trying to pass these tests.

Collin Clark Thu, 06/18/2009 - 10:18
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N+ is vendor neutral so that's a plus, but I believe that the N+ and CCENT cover the same stuff. Both are entry level so don't worry about not having enough knowledge. Just go into it ready to learn.

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