Thinking of taking an MCSE? If the answer’s ‘yes’, there’s a good chance that you’ll fall into one of two camps: You’re someone with a certain amount of knowledge and you’d like to consolidate your skill-set with the MCSE qualification. Or you could be completely new to the computer world, and research demonstrates that there are many opportunities for certified networking professionals.
When looking into training providers, be sure to don’t use those who reduce their costs by failing to provide the latest level of Microsoft development. Such institutions will hold back the trainee their knowledge will be of the wrong MCSE version which doesn’t match the current exam syllabus, so it will make it very difficult for them to pass.
Don’t be pushed into a training program before you feel comfortable. Set your sights on finding a computer training company who will put effort into advising you on a well matched program for your requirements.
One area often overlooked by trainees weighing up a particular programme is ‘training segmentation’. Basically, this means the way the course is divided up for drop-shipping to you, which can make a dramatic difference to what you end up with.
Delivery by courier of each element piece by piece, according to your exam schedule is how things will normally arrive. While sounding logical, you should take these factors into account:
Sometimes the steps or stages pushed by the company’s salespeople doesn’t suit all of us. And what if you don’t finish all the sections within the time limits imposed?
An ideal situation would be to have all your study materials sent to you immediately; every single thing! This way, nothing can happen down the line which could affect your progress.
Beware of putting too much emphasis, like so many people do, on the accreditation program. Training for training’s sake is generally pointless; this is about employment. You need to remain focused on where you want to go.
It’s not unheard of, for instance, to get a great deal of enjoyment from a year of study only to end up putting 20 long years into a tiresome job role, as an upshot of not doing some decent due-diligence at the beginning.
It’s a good idea to understand the expectations of your industry. What certifications you’ll be required to have and how you’ll go about getting some commercial experience. You should also spend a little time considering how far you’d like to get as often it can control your selection of exams.
You’d also need help from an advisor that knows the commercial realities of the market you’ve chosen, and who can offer ‘A typical day in the life of’ type of explanation for each job considered. This is incredibly important as you’ll need to know if you’re barking up the wrong tree.
Some training companies will only provide support to you inside of office hours (typically 9am-6pm) and sometimes a little earlier or later; most won’t answer after 8-9pm at the latest and frequently never at the weekends.
Look for training with help available at any time you choose (even if it’s early hours on Sunday morning!) Ensure you get access directly to professional tutors, and not a call-centre that will take messages so you’re waiting for tutors to call you back – probably during office hours.
Keep your eyes open for training programs that have multiple support offices across multiple time-zones. Every one of them needs to be seamlessly combined to enable simple one-stop access and 24×7 access, when it’s convenient for you, with the minimum of hassle.
Never make do with a lower level of service. Online 24×7 support is the only kind to make the grade for IT courses. Perhaps you don’t intend to study during the evenings; but for most of us, we’re at work during the provided support period.
OK, why is it better to gain commercially accredited qualifications rather than more traditional academic qualifications obtained from tech’ colleges and universities?
Industry is now aware that to learn the appropriate commercial skills, the right accreditation from the likes of Microsoft, CompTIA, CISCO and Adobe is far more effective and specialised – at a far reduced cost both money and time wise.
Vendor training works through focusing on the particular skills that are needed (along with a proportionate degree of related knowledge,) as opposed to covering masses of the background ‘extras’ that degree courses can often find themselves doing (because the syllabus is so wide).
When an employer knows what areas they need covered, then all it takes is an advert for the particular skill-set required. The syllabuses are all based on the same criteria and aren’t allowed to deviate (like academia frequently can and does).