There are four A+ exams and sections to study, but your only requirement is to pass two of them to be considered A+ competent. This is why a great number of colleges stick to just two options. But giving you all four options will provide you with a far deeper level of understanding of it all, something you’ll discover is a Godsend in the commercial world.
Qualifying in CompTIA A+ on its own will give you the ability to repair and fix laptops, Macs and PC’s; ones that are most often not part of a network – which is for the most part the home market.
Perhaps you see yourself as the kind of individual who is involved with a big team – in network support, you should include CompTIA Network+ to your training package, or alternatively look at doing an MCSA or MCSE with Microsoft to give you a better comprehension of the way networks work.
It’s usual for students to get confused with one aspect of their training which doesn’t even occur to them: The method used to ‘segment’ the courseware before being physically delivered to you.
Most companies will sell you some sort of program spread over 1-3 years, and send out each piece as you get to the end of each exam. On the surface this seems reasonable – until you consider the following:
What could you expect if you didn’t actually complete every module within the time limits imposed? Often the prescribed exam order doesn’t come as naturally as some other order of studying might.
To be honest, the best option is to have their ideal ‘order’ of training laid out, but make sure you have all of your learning modules right from the beginning. You then have everything in case you don’t finish within their ideal time-table.
The market provides a plethora of employment in Information Technology. Finding the particular one out of this complexity is a mammoth decision.
Flicking through lists of IT career possibilities is just a waste of time. The vast majority of us don’t really appreciate what the neighbours do for a living – so what chance do we have in understanding the ins and outs of a new IT role.
Usually, the way to come at this dilemma in the best manner comes from a deep chat, covering a number of areas:
* Your personal interests and hobbies – these often show the possibilities will give you the most reward.
* Are you looking to accomplish a closely held objective – for example, becoming self-employed sometime soon?
* How highly do you rate salary – is it very important, or is day-to-day enjoyment a lot higher on your priority-list?
* When taking into account all that IT encompasses, you really need to be able to absorb what’s different.
* You need to understand the differences across each individual training area.
When all is said and done, the best way of checking this all out is via a meeting with a professional who through years of experience will be able to guide you.
Qualifications from the commercial sector are now, without a doubt, starting to replace the traditional academic paths into the IT sector – but why should this be?
With fees and living expenses for university students climbing ever higher, together with the industry’s growing opinion that key company training often has more relevance in the commercial field, we have seen a large rise in Microsoft, CISCO, Adobe and CompTIA accredited training courses that educate students for much less time and money.
In essence, only that which is required is learned. Actually, it’s not quite as pared down as that, but the principle objective is to master the precisely demanded skill-sets (along with a certain amount of crucial background) – without overdoing the detail in every other area (as universities often do).
Just as the old advertisement said: ‘It does what it says on the label’. All an employer has to do is know where they have gaps, and then advertise for someone with the specific certification. Then they know that anyone who applies can do the necessary work.
Some training providers will provide a useful Job Placement Assistance program, to help you into your first commercial role. The fact of the matter is it’s not as hard as some people make out to secure your first job – assuming you’re well trained and qualified; the growing UK skills shortage sees to that.
Advice and support about getting interviews and your CV may be available (if not, see one of our sites for help). Be sure to you polish up your CV immediately – don’t wait until you’ve finished your exams!
Having the possibility of an interview is better than being rejected. A decent number of junior jobs are offered to people (who’ve only just left first base.)
If you’d like to get employment in your home town, then you may well find that a local (but specialised) recruitment consultancy might work much better for you than the trainer’s recruitment division, because they are much more inclined to have insider knowledge of the local job scene.
Certainly make sure you don’t conscientiously work through your course materials, and then just stop and imagine someone else is miraculously going to sort out your employment. Take responsibility for yourself and start looking for yourself. Put as much energy and enthusiasm into landing your first job as you did to gain the skills.