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PostPosted: Sat Oct 18, 2008 9:27 am 
Little Foot
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Im going for a Computer science degree but i want to get a A+ certification.


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the A+ cert is good for IT professionals, and computer repairers. It won't do anything for computer science. However, it WILL help you land a nice job working with computers in college (think bestbuy geeksquad).


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 18, 2008 7:37 pm 
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avanish11 wrote:
the A+ cert is good for IT professionals, and computer repairers. It won't do anything for computer science. However, it WILL help you land a nice job working with computers in college (think bestbuy geeksquad).
Doesnt geek squad pay like $9.50?


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xxmainframexpxx wrote:
avanish11 wrote:
the A+ cert is good for IT professionals, and computer repairers. It won't do anything for computer science. However, it WILL help you land a nice job working with computers in college (think bestbuy geeksquad).
Doesnt geek squad pay like $9.50?


Yeah, GeekSquad isn't the high-point of Computer Diagnosis/Repair, but it's a job. In my area, $9.50 isn't bad for a retail position. In Northern California, it's pretty much the unofficial minimum wage.

However, just as recent as yesterday went paroozing (sp?) for jobs mainly under the searches "Helpdesk", "Desktop Support Technician", "Network Technician", and "Network Analyst". Most of the available jobs were DST positions and nearly all of them either desired or required an A+.

Most IT professionals don't really work with hardware, so the A+ really isn't as important in light of certs from the likes or Microsoft, Red Hat, Sun Microsystems, Cisco, Nortel, Oracle, VMWare, etc. But for most of the entry level jobs, you're running all over a 35 mile radius fixing office rigs for approximately $15/hr. If you're just starting out and you can't honestly put CCNA, MCSA, or RHCT on your resume, the A+ is your key to your foot in the door.


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Is a MCTI cert respected more than a A+ cert?


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that Linux guy wrote:
xxmainframexpxx wrote:
avanish11 wrote:
the A+ cert is good for IT professionals, and computer repairers. It won't do anything for computer science. However, it WILL help you land a nice job working with computers in college (think bestbuy geeksquad).
Doesnt geek squad pay like $9.50?


Yeah, GeekSquad isn't the high-point of Computer Diagnosis/Repair, but it's a job. In my area, $9.50 isn't bad for a retail position. In Northern California, it's pretty much the unofficial minimum wage.


Bartending will make a student FAR more money than a GeekSquad job and it comes with a free, pre-packaged social life!

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However, just as recent as yesterday went paroozing (sp?) for jobs mainly under the searches "Helpdesk", "Desktop Support Technician", "Network Technician", and "Network Analyst". Most of the available jobs were DST positions and nearly all of them either desired or required an A+.

Most IT professionals don't really work with hardware, so the A+ really isn't as important in light of certs from the likes or Microsoft, Red Hat, Sun Microsystems, Cisco, Nortel, Oracle, VMWare, etc. But for most of the entry level jobs, you're running all over a 35 mile radius fixing office rigs for approximately $15/hr. If you're just starting out and you can't honestly put CCNA, MCSA, or RHCT on your resume, the A+ is your key to your foot in the door.


The problem I have with A+ and other text-book certs is that you can very easily get pigeon-holed as a 'support guy'. It is a quick way to derail a good career into wageslavery.

Bartending, waiting tables .. both much better jobs for college kids, imo.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 13, 2009 11:36 pm 
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A+ looks great on the resume for entry level jobs (best buy, etc...)
and i know for the school im attending you need to take the A+ prep classes to even get your AA, so the way i look at it is, since im taking the classes i might as well take a test and get certified.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2009 5:44 am 
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I'm pretty sure he's already got this figured out. This thread IS after all, 6 months old.


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