The CompTIA A+ course has four specialist sections – you need to pass exams in 2 different areas to reach the level of competent in A+. For this reason, most training providers simply provide 2 of the training options. We consider that this isn’t enough – certainly you’ll have the qualification, but knowing about the others will give you a distinct advantage in the workplace, where you’ll need to know about all of them. So that’s why you deserve training in all four areas.
Qualifying in CompTIA A+ without additional courses will mean that you’re able to fix and maintain computers and Macs; principally ones that aren’t joined to a network – which is for the most part the home market.
If you aspire to maintaining networks, add the very comprehensive CompTIA Network+ to your A+ course. Including Network+ will prepare you to apply for more interesting jobs. Other ones that might be interesting to you are the networking qualifications from Microsoft, i.e. MCP, MCSA MCSE.
Students often end up having issues because of one area of their training which is often not even considered: The way the training is divided into chunks and physically delivered to you.
Usually, you will join a program requiring 1-3 years study and receive one element at a time until graduation. While this may sound logical on one level, consider this:
Students often discover that their training company’s usual training route isn’t ideal for them. It’s often the case that varying the order of study will be far more suitable. And what if you don’t get to the end in the allotted time?
Ideally, you want ALL the study materials up-front – so you’ll have them all for the future to come back to – at any time you choose. This allows a variation in the order that you complete your exams if another more intuitive route presents itself.
IT has become amongst the most stimulating and innovative industries that you can get into right now. To be working on the cutting-edge of technology is to be a part of the massive changes affecting everyone who lives in the 21st century.
Technology, computers and connections through the web will dramatically shape the way we live our lives in the near future; overwhelmingly so.
If earning a good living is around the top on your wish list, you will be pleasantly surprised to hear that the regular income of a typical IT worker is considerably higher than with most other jobs or industries.
Excitingly, there is no easing up for IT expansion in the United Kingdom. The market continues to develop hugely, and we don’t have anywhere near enough qualified skilled IT professionals to fill current job vacancies, so it’s not likely that things will be any different for quite some time to come.
Let’s admit it: There really is no such thing as individual job security anymore; there can only be industry and business security – as any company can drop any single member of staff whenever it fits the company’s trade needs.
Wherever we find rising skills deficits mixed with increasing demand though, we can hit upon a new kind of market-security; driven by conditions of continuous growth, businesses are struggling to hire the staff required.
Reviewing the Information Technology (IT) market, the most recent e-Skills survey brought to light an over 26 percent deficit in trained staff. Or, to put it differently, this shows that the United Kingdom can only locate three properly accredited workers for each 4 job positions existing now.
This one truth in itself underpins why the UK needs many more new trainees to join the Information Technology market.
For sure, it really is a fabulous time to train for IT.
Some training providers will provide a useful Job Placement Assistance facility, designed to steer you into your first job. Because of the growing shortage of skills in Britain even when times are hard, there’s no need to make too much of this option though. It’s actually not as hard as some people make out to get your first job once you’re trained and certified.
Whatever you do, don’t wait till you have qualified before polishing up your CV. As soon as you start a course, mark down what you’re doing and place it on jobsites!
Getting onto the ‘maybe’ pile of CV’s is far better than not even being known about. A decent number of junior support jobs are got by people (sometimes when they’ve only just got going.)
The most reliable organisations to help you find a job are generally specialised and independent recruitment consultants. Because they only get paid when they place you, they have the necessary incentive to try that bit harder.
Please ensure you don’t spend hundreds of hours on your training and studies, and then do nothing more and expect somebody else to sort out your employment. Get off your backside and get out there. Put as much resource into finding your new role as it took to get qualified.