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I currently have a BTEC National in IT and 6 months experience working in a computer shop doing the repairs, running the place when the boss is out on call outs. The wage isn't great at all and ide like to build on this experience.

Im looking and doing a night course for a few weeks to get a better understanding of maintaining and building networks. Ideally ide like some kind of advanced apprenticeship where I could work and learn about networking but they are very hard to find at the moment so ide like to do the night courses in order to build on my knowledge.

Has anyone been in my situation and done the night courses and found them helpful?


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If you want to go the network route, you could always do the CompTIA Network+ qualification. Very affordable and lines the path for advanced stuff. You could pay for a course (like I foolishly did) or you could have a look at http://www.professormesser.com/. It's free, very accessible, but more importantly, will help you pass the tests.


Personally it's not my bag. I'd rather do design work so I abandoned that path. However, I passed my quals using this site in addition to some books and you can do it while maintaining your regular job.


Good luck!

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Thanks man.


Just looked at the college I did my BTEC National in ICT at and the CCNA Cisco is split in to 4 semesters. £349 for 1,2 and 3. The fourth one is free for under 18's and over 24's but 19-23 its £339. Im 22 :santa_undecided:

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A course that incorporates the Cisco CCNA, or pure CCNA is a very good start. Don't expect it to teach you everything you need, but it's certainly a good overall starter. Semester 4 (certainly back in my day) is actually quite light, the idea being that you devote a good deal of the time both in and out of the classroom to preparing for your finals.

Another thing to look at would be getting an ITIL Foundation Certificate in Service Management. It's not a technical qualification by any means, but many employers will look for someone who has knowledge and appreciation of standardised service management methodologies.

Often employers will prefer someone who has ITIL Foundation and basic technical qualification to a candidate that has a large amount of purely theoretical technical credentials – there is always a degree of on the job training from a technical point of view, so a little more tends not to hurt. Having to train someone from scratch about managing incidents and change control is much more problematic.


The other thing I'd reccomend is getting comfortable with Linux. Avoid Ubuntu and any GUI tools - get hold of a copy of RedHat Enterprise Linux or CentOS (either is fine), or Debian and learn the hell out of it using the command line. Linux skills are becoming VERY desirable to employers these days, and as many people are either no good at it, or it scares them off, it gives you a competative edge.


Lastly - don't underestimate the role self-taught skills play in all this. Get some hardware for a home setup (eBay is a godsend for this) and/or a VPS. Build things, totally screw them up, then fix them. Better yet - if there is someone else you've been studying with, combine resources and have the other person break something and not tell you what they've done.


Hope this helps, and best of luck.



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