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Why you don't really need A+ or Network+

A lot of people will disagree with me on this, but keep in mind my only real motive for this post is to try to save you some Money. If you really want those certs and don't mind spending the $700 (combined cost), you're going to get them. And that's fine, it's your money. But for a lot of IT people, I believe your money can be better spent.

A+: If you don't want to do PC repair for a living, or if you're not applying for jobs that require this cert, you're most likely wasting $400. Skip it and start working on a vendor-specific cert that's more in line with what you want to do. If networking is your thing, start on CCNA. If administration is your thing, start on RHCSA or one of the Microsoft certs. If security is your thing, jump into OSCP. Just jump in. People will tell you to take your time and take it slow. That it's a marathon, not a race. That's a lie. It's a race. Run fast before you end up with a pregnant girlfriend and then a family life that takes up all your free time. Or worse, a divorce and child support and a new wife and new kids and two families to support, one of which hates you.

Network+: If you're doing this, you obviously want to learn networking. Learn it through Cisco instead. CCENT is half the price, and IMHO will give you more bang for buck. And if you want, continue with CCNA, which is a much more valuable cert, and ultimately the same price as Network+. You don't need Network+ first. CCENT assumes you don't know anything so jump in.

Feel free to post and disagree, but in the end, it's your money to spend. I'm only trying to help you save a few bucks and move a little faster in this race. And it is a race. If it doesn't seem like one, it's probably because no one around you is running. Go find the people that are running, and run with them. And don't get anyone pregnant if you can help it.

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