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CISCO or A+

By sskill58 ·
Which class would help more in regards to
job experience toward getting a job. I've already taken 5 classes with Windows NT O/S but I did not pass any certification test.
Please give my your opinion.

Thanks
Sandy

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by dbdwcacc In reply to CISCO or A+

"A+ certification signifies that the certified individual possesses the knowledge and skills essential for a successful entry-level (6 months experience) computer service technician, as defined by experts from companies across the industry." Quoted directly from Comptia.com.

In my opinion, a person who wants a career in any area of computing should have the A+ Certification. The A+ certification consists of "the bottom-up" approach to computers hardware and software. You will learn the fundamentals of computer hardware and operating systems. You will also learn to troubleshoot problems that arise. Now, I say you will learn these things if you take a class that offers to teach you rather than a crash course just to pass the exam. Hope this helps in your decision.

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by sskill58 In reply to CISCO or A+

Thank you for defining A+ as defined by the "experts." That helped me understand what A+ is alot better.
Sandy

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by nicko In reply to CISCO or A+

If you didn't pass any tests for NT, don't do Cisco. You need to start with A+. Maybe do W2k after that. Cisco is very specialized.

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by sskill58 In reply to CISCO or A+

I don't know anything about CISCO and just briefly looked around on some web pages. The fact that you specified the CISCO is very specialized helped me to realize that I an not ready for that.
Thank you,
Sandy

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by 1networker In reply to CISCO or A+

Part I

Sandy,

I have my CCNA and am working on getting my A+ certification. Personally, I feel that a CCNA is the better certification to get, however, the Cisco certifications are harder to get than A+. To give you an idea of the differences between MCSE and Cisco, MCSE deals with the top 4 layers of the OSI model and Cisco training deals with the bottom 3. As a result, Cisco certifications deal with more theory about how protocols work, how to make actual connections between equipment, and doesn't have many of the fancy windows and graphics that come with Windows. If you don't mind working with these, Cisco is a better choice for you.

I say that because of the huge boom in internet technologies that has occured in the pastfew years. As a result there has a been a huge need for people with Cisco training. You have many job prospects with a CCNA (which basically is a general knowledge of how computer networks are set up): network troubleshooting, network repair, network design, and mainting large networks for large companies. To give you an example, I was enrolled in a two year CCNA program and after the first year I landed a high paying job working for the state government. You have to look around, but the jobs are definitely out there.

Now, I do recommend getting you A+ also, however I don't think is better than a CCNA. I say this because A+ is simply a general knowledge of how computers work. You job prospects are basically computer repair and help desk. Computer repair specialists are in abundance and don't pay incredibly well. If you were to land a job using your A+ certification, most of your time would be spent opening up computers and replacing actual components.

See part II

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by 1networker In reply to CISCO or A+

Part II

The main decision you have to make is which you enjoy doing better. Cisco cert will be mostly a desk job where you sit at your computer all day and look at the configurations of routers and fix them, or you can get you A+ and get people's computers and physically repair them yourself. Networking definitely pays better than computer repair, but if you hate what you are doing, then there is no point.

I hope this helps you,

Jeff

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by sskill58 In reply to CISCO or A+

Hey, that was the best help ever, "The main decision you have to make is which you would enjoy doing better." That made my decision right there. Your right, who wants to look and routers and subnets all day. I like the challenge of figuring outwhat's wrong and then fixing it. I think this will keep my mind more developed then the other choice.
Thanks,
Sandy

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