We all have busy lives, and generally if we desire to study for a new career, training at the same time as holding down a job is what we have to do. Training tracks certified by Microsoft can fill that gap.
It’s a good idea to talk to industry experts, who can offer guidance on what sort of job would suit you most, and the kind of responsibilities that are a good match for a person with your character and ability.
Be sure your training course is tailored to your current level of knowledge and ability. The best companies will ensure that the course is relevant to where you want to get to.
Look at the points below and pay great regard to them if you think the sales ploy of an ‘Exam Guarantee’ sounds great value:
We all know that we’re ultimately paying for it – it’s obviously been added into the gross price invoiced by the training company. It’s certainly not free – and it’s insulting that we’re supposed to think it is!
If you want to get a first time pass, then you should fund each exam as you take it, prioritise it appropriately and be ready for the task.
Why should you pay the training college at the start of the course for examinations? Hold on to your money and pay for the exam when you take the exam, instead of paying a premium – and sit exams more locally – rather than in some remote place.
A lot of extra profit is made by some training companies who take the exam money up-front. For quite legitimate reasons, a number of students don’t get to do their exams and so the company is quids-in. Believe it or not, there are providers that actually rely on students not sitting all the exams – as that’s where a lot of their profit comes from.
Don’t forget, with most ‘Exam Guarantees’ – the company decides when you can re-take the exam. Subsequent exam attempts are only authorised at the company’s say so.
With average Prometric and VUE tests in the United Kingdom costing around 112 pounds, it’s common sense to fund them one by one. Not to fork out thousands extra in up-front costs. Consistent and systematic learning, coupled with quality exam simulation software is what will really see you through.
Talk to almost any professional advisor and they can normally tell you many awful tales of how students have been duped by salespeople. Stick to a professional advisor that quizzes you to uncover the best thing for you – not for their bank-account! You need to find the right starting point of study for you.
With a little work-based experience or base qualifications, you may find that your starting point is very different to someone completely new.
If you’re a student starting IT studies and exams from scratch, it’s often a good idea to avoid jumping in at the deep-end, beginning with some basic Microsoft package and Windows skills first. This can be built into any educational course.
Proper support is incredibly important – look for a package that provides 24×7 direct access, as anything less will frustrate you and could hold up your pace and restrict your intake.
Avoid those companies which use ‘out-of-hours’ call-centres – with the call-back coming in during office hours. This is no use if you’re stuck and could do with an answer during your scheduled study period.
Top training providers tend to use an online access 24×7 facility utilising a variety of support centres over many time-zones. You will be provided with a single, easy-to-use interface that accesses the most appropriate office any time of the day or night: Support available as-and-when you want it.
Don’t under any circumstances take anything less. Online 24×7 support is the only kind that ever makes the grade with IT courses. Maybe late-evening study is not your thing; usually though, we’re working at the time when most support is available.
How the program is actually delivered to you can often be overlooked. How many stages do they break the program into? What is the specific order and what control do you have at what pace it arrives?
You may think that it makes sense (with a typical time scale of 1-3 years to achieve full certification,) for many training providers to send out the courseware in stages, as you complete each part. Although:
What would their reaction be if you find it difficult to do all the exams at the proposed pace? And maybe you’ll find their order of completion doesn’t come as naturally as another different route may.
In an ideal situation, you’d get ALL the training materials right at the beginning – giving you them all to return to any point – whenever it suits you. You can also vary the order in which you complete your exams where a more intuitive path can be found.