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What course to get into hardware/ networking career?

By paul4216 ·
Tags: Hardware
Hi I'm looking at redundancy in the next few months and researching career options in IT.

I'm 42 years old and would prefer to get into the physical hardware "on site" side of things that's not prone to offshoring.

I took a short A+ course about 10 years ago which I enjoyed and found easy but never really pursued a career out of it as another opportunity came along at the time in my field of work (business administration) and I was put off by the low salaries and limited job opportunities with just an A+. Most of it was 14k shop repair work unless you went self employed and the local paper here is satuated with no fix no fee computer repair ads.

I'm confused with all the various course abbreviations, i.e MCSE, MCSA, N+ etc etc...

My question really is what sort of course / job entry route would be best for someone in my position. I'm a married father of two so wouldn't have 0000`s hours study time available to do anything too long and advanced. I would really be looking at several months rather than years. I would be willing to work for a low entry level salary if it led to a proper career path with opportunities.

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