CompTIA Network Plus Careers Training Uncovered

In the modern world, support workers who can fix PC’s and networks, and give ongoing assistance to users, are vital in every sector of the workplace. As we’re all becoming more and more beholden to advanced technology, we additionally inevitably become more reliant on the commercially qualified network engineers, who maintain those systems.

Which questions do we need to ask so as to arrive at the understanding necessary? Because it looks like there are some somewhat great prospects for everyone to investigate.

Far too many companies are all about the certification, and forget what you actually need – getting yourself a new job or career. Your focus should start with the end in mind – too many people focus on the journey. It’s not unheard of, in some situations, to thoroughly enjoy one year of training only to end up putting 20 long years into a job you hate, simply because you did it without the correct research when you should’ve – at the outset.

You also need to know how you feel about career progression and earning potential, plus your level of ambition. You need to know what will be expected of you, what particular qualifications will be required and how to develop your experience. Your likely to need help from an experienced person who can explain the industry you’re hoping to qualify in, and who can offer ‘A day in the life of’ explanation of what you actually do on the job. This is of paramount importance because you obviously have to know whether or not you’ve chosen correctly.

You should only consider training programs that grow into industry accepted accreditations. There’s an endless list of small colleges promoting unknown ‘in-house’ certificates which will prove unusable when it comes to finding a job. All the major commercial players like Microsoft, CompTIA, Cisco or Adobe all have nationally approved skills courses. Huge conglomerates such as these will make your CV stand-out.

At the top of your shopping list for a training program should be full 24×7 support from trained professional instructors and mentors. Too many companies only seem to want to help while they’re in the office (9am till 6pm, Monday till Friday usually) and nothing at the weekends. Be wary of any training providers who use ‘out-of-hours’ call-centres – where you’ll get called back during normal office hours. This is useless when you’re stuck and could do with an answer during your scheduled study period.

It’s possible to find the top providers that offer online direct access support all the time – including evenings, nights and weekends. Don’t compromise where support is concerned. Many students who give up, are in that situation because they didn’t get the support necessary for them.

We’d hazard a guess that you’ve always enjoyed practical work – a ‘hands-on’ personality type. If you’re like us, the trial of reading reference books and manuals would be considered as a last resort, but you’d hate it. Check out video-based multimedia instruction if you’d really rather not use books. Studies have always demonstrated that connecting physically with our study, is much more conducive to long-term memory.

Interactive audio-visual materials with demonstrations and practice sessions will forever turn you away from traditional book study. And you’ll find them fun and interesting. Don’t take any chances and look at some examples of the kind of training materials you’ll be using before you make your decision. What you want are videoed instructor demonstrations and interactive modules with audio-visual elements.

Many companies provide purely on-line training; sometimes you can get away with this – but, consider what happens when you don’t have access to the internet or you get intermittent problems and speed issues. It is usually safer to have physical CD or DVD discs which removes the issue entirely.

After 2 Decades in IT, Jason Kendall has focused himself on IT education (UK based) consultancy. To find out more on Network+ Certification, visit LearningLolly Comptia Network+.

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