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    Juan Colon

    Thank you for all the replies. I appreciate Ronnie bringing up the positive and negatives aspects and mentioning the carrer coach option.

    I am almost done with the CompTIA IF+ videos and soon will take the test.

    I do hear ITProTv videos in my vehicle as well so thank you for that suggestion as well.

    I am also registering for some networking fundamental classes with SPC and eventually get some certificates from them since it is online. I figure more classes will help me get more knowledge.

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    Juan Colon

    Hello everyone. I studied computers back then in 1999. In 2005 I completed a degree in Digital Microprocessors and Computers. I never worked back then in the IT field and i made a career change into public safety. Through the years I learned how put a computer all together, setup a router, install hardware and software. Those are my strengths. I was back then super motivated and learned a lot on my own but never went back to school.

    To this day I still have passion for IT and I am still itching work in this field. I decided I want to get back into it and learn more. My current job is shift schedule so I work 24 hours on then 48 hours off and repeat. It limits me on attending an actual college campus. A few years ago I learned about CompTIA and other certifications that I can earn. I talked to a few people in the IT field. They told me i should start by studying and getting my certifications done. I'm motivated to get certifications done and even want to do online college certificate courses if it a good choice for me based on my situation.

    I will appreciate some guidance and/or advise from you educators and other fellow members. With the knowledge that currently have, Would it be a good idea to study for some certifications like CompTIA ITF+ , CompTIA A+ to get me started? Should i do some online college certificate like Cybersecurity? I am very interested in the cybersecurity field but I know there is a lot of studying involved.

    My plan is to get educated and get some certification(via CompTIA or college) and look for either a part time job or even volunteer internship to start getting experience. I have about 8 years left before I can retire of my current job and would love the be able to work in the IT field full time then. Honestly if an opportunity comes and I can make the change to get started in this field I will seriously consider it but it will be wisely for me to retire from my current job 1st which a smart choice. I just don't want to start studying and getting IT certifications when I retire when I can get ahead of the game.

    Is it doable to learn certain fields or certifications by online courses or online services like ITProTV? Sorry for the long post but I wanted to put it all out there so I can get the best advise from you. I am a believer that it is never too late start learning and if I don't start I will never find out how will this career venture will go for me.

    Thank you so much in advance.
    Juan.

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    Juan Colon

    Are all the MTA's exams based on the latest OS available?

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    Juan Colon

    Thanks for the words of wisdom and encouragement. A few more questions, Are the 220-901 and 220-902 consider one test or separate? I did noticed on the compTIA site that I have to pay separate for them. Does this mean that I can concentrate on 220-901 first and I take its test? Could I do the same for 220-902? Thanks.

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    Juan Colon

    @daniel-lowrie87 Thanks Daniel. I absolutely understand the importance of education. I can start getting classes towards my degree even if it is one at a time. Like you said, by the time I'm done with it I would have some certs and some experience. I also found out that certain certs counts towards college credits which is great.

    I just finish the last video on storage devices and I finally got a good understanding of RAID. You guys are the best. I would recommend ITProTV to anyone that even wants to learn more about IT or even learn about computers on their own. When i was trying to learn back 20 years ago was mostly by trial and error and reading books. You guys method is very interactive and easy to follow. Thanks again.

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    Juan Colon

    Ronnie, I do understand that it is up to the individual to study the material and it varies from person to person. I will look into some study guides as well. I do believe Pearson makes some study books as well.

    I appreciate the suggestions about the degree and further education. Do you think internships in a company are a way to gain experience or just if you are looking for a job? I'm willing to gain experience even if I have to volunteer hours on my days off. I understand I need knowledge and experience for most job offers. Like you mentioned they would expect me to know what I am doing.

    Thanks for all the suggestions. I am taking steps one at a time. My 1st one would be the A+ certification.

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    Juan Colon

    Hello ITProTV community, I just signed up after using my trial period. I really like the way the material is presented by the instructors like Ronnie and Daniel. In my current situation I can't physically attend college because of my work schedule. I am a full time firefighter and work 24 hrs shift with 48 hrs off. I always had a passion for computers and IT since I was 16 years old. I graduated with an Associate Degree in Computers and Microprocessors back in 1999. I started building my own PC's back then once I got into PC gaming. So pretty much my experience has been building PC's and some troubleshooting.

    While I love what I do as a firefighter I still have the passion for computers. I want to continue learning and educating myself more in the IT field and hopefully one day get a job as well. Now from 1999 to present day technology had changed, so I need to educate and prepare myself. I have a growing interest in Cybersecurity field. I had talked to friends that work in the IT/Cybersecurity field and based on my situation they recommended me to start by taking my basic certifications. They all told me to sign up for ITProTv. I could also do an online degree in Cybersecurity but it will take me a long time.

    Well enough with the intro, my questions about the CompTIA A+ and future certifications are:

    1. Does studying the video material on ITProTV enough for me to prepare for the exam and pass it? Most of the reviews and actual feedback from friends are that you guys get me ready for it as long as I complete the material. I do see these certifications get expensive and the fees are for a one time exam so i want to make sure I can pass it the first time.

    2. Any particular study strategy? Like do all the videos in the certification curriculum and then do all VLabs, etc.

    3. In your opinion, Do you agree with my friend's recommendation to get back in the field and start learning? Do certifications first and start getting experience.

    4. Do you think I should pursue a degree as well and do it at the same time i'm studying for my certifications?

    My plan would be to get A+, Security and Network+ first. I would look for a part-time job to gain experience or even do an internship. Unfortunately I found out that my college degree is old and I can't get an credits towards a new degree. I will have to start from the beginning again which is fine as I mentioned before technology had changed. Sorry for the long post I just wanted to present the whole picture so I can get the best response from you guys. Thanks in advance. Jay.

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