For those hoping to start an MCSA (Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator) training program, pay attention to the fact that there are many different types of training; some are much better than others. You will find a range of courses, both if you’re just getting started, or have a certain amount of knowledge but are looking to polish up your CV.
Each level needs a different type of course, so pay attention to check you’re being offered the best one prior to making a start. Identify a training company that talks with you so they learn what you’re looking to do, and can help you work out what you’ll be doing, before they start talking about courses.
Now, why might we choose commercial qualifications and not familiar academic qualifications obtained from schools, colleges or universities?
Corporate based study (in industry terminology) is most often much more specialised. The IT sector has realised that a specialist skill-set is vital to service the demands of an increasingly more technical commercial environment. Microsoft, CompTIA, CISCO and Adobe are the dominant players.
Obviously, an appropriate amount of relevant additional detail has to be taught, but precise specifics in the particular job function gives a vendor educated person a real head start.
As long as an employer understands what areas they need covered, then all they have to do is advertise for the particular skill-set required. Syllabuses are all based on the same criteria and do not vary between trainers (as academic syllabuses often do).
We’d all like to believe that our jobs will remain safe and our work prospects are protected, but the likely scenario for the majority of jobs around England currently is that the marketplace is far from secure.
In times of escalating skills deficits and increasing demand though, we can reveal a newly emerging type of security in the marketplace; where, fuelled by a continual growth, companies find it hard to locate the staff required.
The computer industry skills deficit throughout the UK clocks in at around 26 percent, according to the latest e-Skills analysis. It follows then that for every four jobs existing across Information Technology (IT), companies can only locate certified professionals for 3 of the 4.
Well taught and commercially accredited new staff are as a result at a resounding premium, and in all likelihood it will stay that way for many years to come.
No better time or market settings could exist for obtaining certification in this hugely emerging and blossoming business.
A sneaky way that colleges make a big mark-up is by charging for exams up-front and presenting it as a guarantee for your exams. It looks impressive, until you think it through:
In this day and age, we have to be a little bit more aware of sales ploys – and most of us know that for sure it is actually an additional cost to us – they’re not just being charitable and doling out freebies!
If it’s important to you to get a first time pass, then you should pay for one exam at a time, give it the necessary attention and give the task sufficient application.
Look for the very best offer you can at the time, and hang on to your cash. You’ll also be able to choose where to do the examinations – so you can find somewhere local.
Including money in your training package for examination fees (plus interest – if you’re financing your study) is bad financial management. Don’t line companies bank accounts with additional funds just to give them a good cash-flow! A lot bank on the fact that you won’t get to do them all – but they won’t refund the cash.
Also, ‘Exam Guarantees’ often aren’t worth the paper they’re written on. Most companies won’t be prepared to pay again for an exam until you’ve completely satisfied them that you’re ready this time.
Paying maybe a thousand pounds extra on ‘Exam Guarantees’ is foolish – when a commitment to studying and the use of authorised exam preparation tools is what will really see you through.
Many students come unstuck over one area of their training usually not even thought about: The way the training is divided into chunks and delivered to your home.
By and large, you will join a program that takes between and 1 and 3 years and get sent one module each time you pass an exam. While this may sound logical on one level, consider this:
What if you find the order offered by the provider doesn’t suit. It may be difficult to get through every element at the speed required?
In all honesty, the perfect answer is to have their ideal ‘order’ of training laid out, but get everything up-front. It’s then all yours should you not complete it quite as quick as they’d want.
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