Re: Getting my Comptia A+ Certification
I used to have all the teaching guides for the A+, network+, security+, linux+ etc,
With the thinking that I'd study and take the exams, but to be honest, if anything it just re-enforced to me how basic it is/was...
That's not to say that I think it's a waste of time, or that I think those that take it are dumb or anything.
Just that essentially as I grew up with computers, and in a time when people put together their own computers more than happens now. a lot of the things that were in those teaching guides I thought were not relevant or very simple.
Saying that they were not relevant, the teaching guides that I had I got in 2007. and they were for the exam that had just been updated (so those teaching guides were out of date), but only by a year or so.
In 2005 they were still expecting candidates to have knowledge about the ISA bus, and asking questions about the windows 95 style device manager.
I think that where I stand on it is:
If you're new to computers, then it's probably worth while, it at least makes sure that you understand the basics.
For me, I'd grown up with computers, and at the time I got those books had worked in IT for about 5 or 6 years, so the exams and qualifications were largely for a role more basic that the job I had. and there was no benefit to the exams.
I understand the pain of having to deal with IT support, having said that I work in IT support so I also understand the pain of having to work with customers!
I didn’t fight my way to the top of the food chain to be a vegetarian…
Im sick of people saying 'dont waste paper'. If trees wanted to live, they'd all carry guns.
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