Computer and network support staff are ever more in demand in the United Kingdom, as organisations become progressively more dependent upon their knowledge and ability to fix and repair. Due to the progressively daunting complexities of technology, many more trained staff are being sought to specialise in the many areas we rely on.
A valuable training course package will undoubtedly also include accredited simulation materials and exam preparation packages.
Don’t fall foul of depending on non-accredited exam preparation questions. Their phraseology is often somewhat different – and sometimes this can be a real headache in the actual examination.
Obviously, it’s very important to ensure that you are completely prepared for your actual certification exam prior to doing it. Rehearsing ‘mock’ exams will help to boost your attitude and will avoid you getting frustrated with unsuccessful attempts at exams.
Of course: the course itself or an accreditation isn’t what this is about; the particular job you’re training for is. Far too many training organisations over-emphasise the actual accreditation.
It’s a terrible situation, but a great many students commence training that sounds fabulous from the syllabus guide, but which provides a job that doesn’t satisfy. Try talking to typical university leavers to see what we mean.
You must also consider what your attitude is towards career progression and earning potential, and if you’re ambitious or not. It’s vital to know what the role will demand of you, what particular qualifications will be required and how to develop your experience.
We advise all students to chat with an experienced industry advisor before they make a decision on a particular training path. This is essential to ensure it has the required elements for that career path.
Starting from the idea that it’s necessary to choose the job we want to do first and foremost, before we can mull over which training program ticks the right boxes, how can we choose the way that suits us?
What is our likelihood of grasping the tasks faced daily in an IT career when we’ve never done it? Maybe we don’t know someone who is in that area at all.
Contemplation on these areas is imperative when you want to dig down a solution that suits you:
* Personality factors as well as your interests – the sort of working tasks you love or hate.
* Is it your desire to pull off a closely held dream – like working for yourself as quickly as possible?
* What priority do you place on travelling time and locality vs salary?
* There are many different sectors to gain certifications for in computing – it’s wise to gain some key facts on what separates them.
* You should also think long and hard about the level of commitment that you will set aside for the accreditation program.
In actuality, the only way to research these issues is via a conversation with someone who has years of experience in computing (as well as it’s commercial needs and requirements.)
Don’t listen to the typical salesperson that recommends a training program without performing a ‘fact-find’ so as to understand your abilities and experience level. Make sure they can draw from a large choice of training products so they’re able to solve your training issues.
It’s worth remembering, if you’ve got any work-experience or certification, then it’s not unreasonable to expect to start at a different point than a student who’s starting from scratch.
For students embarking on IT studies from scratch, it can be helpful to start out slowly, kicking off with a user-skills course first. This can be built into any study program.