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By Clive(Maddog)Mills ·
which certification should I go for MCSE2000 CISCO CCNA A+ or A+ network if I want to get a good cert (in England)to start my network career I already have exstensive computer exp fixing and upgrading, installing windows and home networking with 3 computers a hub and win 98 win2000 workstation and have been experimenting with nt4 work station and server I run a part time business configuring and supporting windows systems and fixing upgrading and building computers to earn extra money on the days when I am not at college but I want to start work as soon as possible as a network/systems engineer technition I read a lot of tech network books?

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Not that simple

by mike_johns In reply to which certification

If you have no certs and you are getting started, you need to learn the basics to understand what is truely goin on. A+ should give you those basics, the MCSE is probably the next step after that, but it is no walk in the park. However, the knowledge you get from that will help to give you an understanding of the many of the concepts you will need to have to get your CCNA. When I first started studying for the CCNA, I already had my MCSE and there were still thing I did not understand. The other problem you have is that you need to get into an enterprise environment if you truly want to learn networking.

Mike Johns - MCSE

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by Shanghai Sam In reply to Not that simple

I see where you are coming from the problem as i see it is were to pitch the tent so to speak what i mean is athouth i have no certs or enterprise exp. i think i resonably can call myself a fair windows exspert and i have seven brainbench certs to at master level with comments like "scored higher than 95% of all previous test takers " ect.
the problem is convincing employers to give me a start on the job ladder particulary seeing as I am 40 years old

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by Shanghai Sam In reply to Not that simple

I see where you are coming from the problem as I see it is were to pitch the tent so to speak. What I mean is allthouth I have no certs or enterprise exp. I think I resonably can call myself a fair windows exspert, and I have seven brainbench certs two at master level with comments like "scored higher than 95% of all previous test takers " ect.
The problem is convincing employers to give me a start on the job ladder particulary seeing as I am 40 years old

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network+ for start

by topbudgetcomputers In reply to which certification

In the first instance, I would certainly go for Comptia's network+. Comptia is not product specific, so you will get a fair knowledge and understanding of major NOS. Microsoft will only want you to take more and more exams every two years or so as they make their previous products obsolete. Your MCSE certificates will be worth sweet FA if you dont keep up with them
If you then wish to specialise in internet, wan, man or remote, I would certainly go with Cisco certifications.
If you wish to bea network administrator, then MCSE is good, but only if you are prepared to keep onb taking various exams as they release new products.

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