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    Default Studying to recertify for my Network+ Feeling dumb

    I feel dumb. Anyone else feel dumb? I think its because I put a lot of pressure on myself to know the basics of IT. I got my A+ cert 800 series and then my Net+ N10-005. I have until April 2018 to recertify before both my A+ and Net+ expires. All I have to do is study and pass the Net+ N10-006 and it will renew both of my certs. Problem is with my last job I was not applying my knowledge at all and now I feel like I completely forgot everything. I'm studying now again for the new Net+ exam and it seems difficult. My question is, anyone ever feel like this? Like you study so hard for something and then you lose it all? I feel like im starting from scratch again. Did this ever happen to anyone, if so what did you forget? Did you ever lose a cert because of it? I want to recertify and actually learn networking again. Then I want to move on and earn other certs like an MCSA in windows servers.
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    do yourself a favor and just get the Security+
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    You don't need to retake the Net+ to renew your certs. Take a few minutes and read what CompTIA says about continuing education and CEUs.
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    Stress happens to all of us. Buckle down and study. I am going through the same issue now. It is coming back to me though. It will come back to you too. We can all become forgetful if we set something down for a while. Take a deep breath.
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    Quote Originally Posted by boxerboy1168 View Post
    do yourself a favor and just get the Security+
    Easier said than done. I have limited time. Dont have time to study for something completely new yet.
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    Yeah I know. But I dont have nearly enough CEU's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ThePuterGeek View Post
    Stress happens to all of us. Buckle down and study. I am going through the same issue now. It is coming back to me though. It will come back to you too. We can all become forgetful if we set something down for a while. Take a deep breath.
    Thanks for the encouragement. The stress is real. You're right though!
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    If you don't mind me asking, why do you want/need to renew them? That information is key to us providing you with better suggestions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kend9388 View Post
    Easier said than done. I have limited time. Dont have time to study for something completely new yet.
    That's the whole point. You'll actually save time by just going for the Security+. You said in your original post you have until April 2018 to renew. That's 9-10 months! You can study for the Security+ in 3-4 weeks part-time. Maybe spend 5-6 weeks just to be safe. It's do-able.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kend9388 View Post
    Easier said than done. I have limited time. Dont have time to study for something completely new yet.
    I have to agree with everyone else here. You actually save time by studying for the Sec+ which renews your old certs and gains you a new one at the same time. It took me 4 weeks to study and pass the Sec+ exam.

    In my opinion, whenever it comes to renewing with CompTIA, unless you are going to a new cert there is no point renewing them. My A+, N+ and S+ are all set to expire in 2019, and to be honest I don't really care. My CV still says that I studied and passed those exams and by that time I would have higher level certs anyway. Comptia is really only entry level so anything you gain after that i.e Microsoft or Cisco is more valuable.

    Plus I have never met an employer who is desperate for me to have my A+ or Net+ renewed, and if they do, they aren't worth my time. I wouldn't work for a company who praises a valid A+ cert over an MCSE.
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    If you are wanting to stay on the CompTIA track then i'd say like everyone else to get another one (SEC+). Or don't even worry to that level and start chasing a more complex cert track that will really expose you into that realm of tech. CCNA for example to get into the networking world.
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    I agree with Skylinez. My Network+ expires in 2020 and I'm already studying for my CCNA which seems more popular and valuable certification.

    By the time its 2020, I hope to achieve higher level certs and further my career to a more technical position.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skyliinez92 View Post
    Plus I have never met an employer who is desperate for me to have my A+ or Net+ renewed, and if they do, they aren't worth my time. I wouldn't work for a company who praises a valid A+ cert over an MCSE.
    I agree, praising, or valuing an A+ over an MCSE would be very odd. Having said that, some companies, such as government contractors, have contract requirements that force them to maintain a certain percentage of A+, Net+, or more likely, Sec+ certified individuals. If that was the case, I could understand their focus on those rather than higher level certifications. I doubt, though, that they would ignore the fact that someone had higher level certs, though.
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