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Going back to school to take A+ courses, so excited!

#11Ringo_88(Topic Creator)Posted 7/14/2014 5:02:44 PM
Thanks guys, I really appreciate it, really excited to get things underway, and just learning as much as I can. I will definitely ask some of you questions, I know I'm going to need it, hah! Cannot wait to get started!
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#12Ringo_88(Topic Creator)Posted 7/14/2014 5:05:21 PM
Gemini, a local junior college. And congrats man, that's awesome! I can't wait to get to that day, but ready to absorb all the knowledge I can.
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#13HydroCannabinolPosted 7/14/2014 5:08:03 PM
I don't get this topic. I hate to burst your bubble but A+ won't do anything for you. I read about the 8 month 'course' you're taking though to get a range of certs but I wouldn't count your eggs before they hatch...

I'm not trying to be rude but the IT field is pretty competitive right now depending on where you live. Keep working at it man, it's my dream too to make 60k+ eventually doing IT instead of 30k rofl
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#14TimePharaohPosted 7/14/2014 5:09:46 PM
gungunn101 posted...
Good luck. IT is broad, so do you have any idea what you're looking into exactly? Also, I'd recommend working towards your BA part-time once you get your Associate.

TimePharaoh posted...
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Not enough console peasants on the PC board today, huh? I guess I'll have to direct my dismissive attitude to some hard working fellow who doesn't deserve it.


Oh I'm sorry, would you prefer if I pretended to care like you? I'm sure in five minutes you're going to be thinking "man I hope that guy is successful".
#15Ringo_88(Topic Creator)Posted 7/14/2014 5:10:50 PM
Not quite sure GunGunn, just want to get my A+ Certification and go from there, still thinking about what I really want to do in the IT field. And yeah, I do want to work on my BA once I get my Associates and during my Certification courses.
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#16Ringo_88(Topic Creator)Posted 7/14/2014 5:12:41 PM
HydroCannabinol posted...
I don't get this topic. I hate to burst your bubble but A+ won't do anything for you. I read about the 8 month 'course' you're taking though to get a range of certs but I wouldn't count your eggs before they hatch...

I'm not trying to be rude but the IT field is pretty competitive right now depending on where you live. Keep working at it man, it's my dream too to make 60k+ eventually doing IT instead of 30k rofl


Anything over what I have now will be big for me, I just want to start someplace. I'm not looking to start making big money right away, I just want to get into the field that I love, and start making things happen.
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#17Ringo_88(Topic Creator)Posted 7/14/2014 5:16:24 PM
And Hydro, I'm not the one in the 8 month course, that's Gemini, he is very much further along than I. But this is big for me, to have a starting point, and to begin doing what I love.
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#18ClouddxPosted 7/14/2014 5:28:24 PM
What schools still offer A+? Seriously, my schools didn't, both the Community College and State College didn't and I went for a CS degree not the easier option.
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#19GeminiX7Posted 7/14/2014 5:45:34 PM
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#20GeminiX7Posted 7/14/2014 5:46:45 PM
GeminiX7 posted...
HydroCannabinol posted...
I don't get this topic. I hate to burst your bubble but A+ won't do anything for you. I read about the 8 month 'course' you're taking though to get a range of certs but I wouldn't count your eggs before they hatch...

I'm not trying to be rude but the IT field is pretty competitive right now depending on where you live. Keep working at it man, it's my dream too to make 60k+ eventually doing IT instead of 30k rofl


I have some connections to get my foot in the door with some companies. And the A+ cert is just the beginning in a long line of certs. Honestly, the program is a bit throwaway(I'm sure the certs could be obtained without it) and I plan to eventually get my BS in CS(All my Gen ed credits are pretty much accounted for). The main reason I'm using the school is for the job placement. Besides my uncle(who went from just turning his life around to getting a 80k/year job) there are quite a few alum I've talked to who have gotten work in the GA area(state where the school is), outside the state(like my uncle, who works in TX), and abroad(met a man working in Dubai). And again, this is through the school. They have partnerships with many companies. They pretty much set you up with the different job openings and get you the interview while putting your name in the ear of the person hiring, but it's ultimately up to you to get the job.

I'm still young(24), so I know and am ready for the fact that I still have a ways to go and I don't think I'm going to have my "dream career" by Feb. But it's put me on the track to reach that goal, which is a great change to the aimless feeling I had prior to this.


Also, TC, as others have said, A+ isn't be any means worthless, as it's the foundation of pretty much any IT job, but you have to get more than that if you want to do literally anything else. Having A+ is like being able to use a calculator. It's a crucial skill, especially if you want to be in a math field, but it's so basic as to be meaningless if you don't follow up and learn more and there are many in the field who never needed it to advance.

But yea, no reason not to get the certification. It's something that can be studied for in less than a month. MUCH less if you have a history building computers.


Oh, btw, look up the Professor Messer videos on YT. EXTREMELY invaluable when it comes to studying for tests.

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Edit: Hydro, what certifications do you currently have? No offense, but 30K seems a bit low for the field.
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