As your research has brought you here it’s probable that you’re about to make a move into the great world of IT and you fancy taking your MCSE, or you’re already a professional and it’s apparent that you need a qualification such as MCSE.
As you discover more about training providers, make it a policy to avoid those who reduce their costs by failing to provide the latest Microsoft version. This will only hamper the trainee because they’ll have been studying an out-of-date syllabus which doesn’t fall in with the present exams, so it’s going to be hugely difficult for them to get qualified.
Watch out for computer training companies that are just interested in your money. Always remember that purchasing a course to qualify for an MCSE is similar to buying a car. They’re very diverse; some are reliable and will get you there in comfort, whilst others will constantly let you down. A worthy company will give you a thorough consultation to ensure you’re on the right course. When providers are proud of their courses, you will be able to look at examples of training materials prior to registering.
You have to be sure that all your qualifications are what employers want – you’re wasting your time with programmes that lead to in-house certificates.
Unless your qualification is issued by a big-hitter like Microsoft, Adobe, Cisco or CompTIA, then you may discover it will have been a waste of time – because it won’t give an employer any directly-useable skills.
If you may be starting with a training school who still utilises ‘in-centre’ days as a benefit of their course, then you should know about these hassles encountered by many students:
* Constant driving back and forth from the workshop centre – sometimes hundreds of miles.
* Taking time out of work – many companies only offer weekday availability and group several days in a chunk. To be honest, this doesn’t suit working people, especially if you include the travel time on top.
* Usually, we think twenty days annual leave is barely enough. Spend a big chunk of this for educational days and see how much more difficult it makes things.
* Workshops sometimes get fully subscribed quite quickly, meaning we have to accept a less-than-ideal slot.
* A lot of students are trying to maintain a quick pace, while others are looking to take a more ‘steady’ pace and be allowed to set their own speed. This will often generate tension and difficulty a lot of the time.
* Quite a lot of trainees tell us of the considerable cost of travelling back and forth to the training venue while forking out for food and accommodation becomes prohibitively expensive.
* Don’t risk any chance of being ignored for advancement or pay-rises because your employer knows you’re retraining.
* It’s common to find it difficult to ask questions while sitting with our fellow attendees – as we don’t want to look silly.
* There are those of us who occasionally live away for part of the week, consider the added problems of travelling to the requisite days in-centre, when time is at a premium.
The absolute best situation rests with watching a filmed workshop – with instructor-led learning available any time of the day that suits.
Consider… If you’ve got a laptop then you could work in the garden, a park, or just outside. And 24 hr-a-day support is just a web-browser away if you hit challenges.
Simply come back to any of the learning modules as often as you want to. There’s also no need to scribble any notes as the teaching is yours forever.
Could it be simpler: You avoid travelling and wasting time and money; plus you’ve got a much more stress-free study setting.