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What might someone searching for Microsoft certified training expect to come across? Undoubtedly, companies ought to have a variety of routes that match the needs of training tracks certified by Microsoft. In addition, you may like to have a discussion on the jobs available to you when you’ve finished studying, and the kind of person that work might be right for. Many people like to discuss what they might be good at. Training courses should be designed to suit your ability level and skills. Hence, having worked out the most appropriate area of work for you, you’ll then need to look at what is the relevant route that will get you into that job.
Clearly, the UK Information Technology (IT) industry shows superb possibilities. However, to properly investigate, what kind of questions should we be asking, and what elements are the most important?
We can see a myriad of work available in IT. Arriving at the correct choice in this uncertainty can be very difficult. After all, without any background in the IT industry, how are you equipped to know what someone in a particular field fills their day with? Let alone decide on what certification program is the most likely for success. Often, the key to unlocking this question correctly comes from a deep conversation around several different topics:
* The kind of person you reckon you are – what kind of jobs you really enjoy, and on the other side of the coin – what you hate to do.
* What time-frame are you looking at for the training process?
* What are your thoughts on job satisfaction vs salary?
* Many students don’t properly consider the amount of work expected to achieve their goals.
* The level of commitment and effort you’ll set aside for the training program.
In these situations, you’ll find the only real way to research these areas will be via a meeting with a professional that has a background in Information Technology (and specifically it’s commercial needs.)
At the top of your shopping list for a training program should be comprehensive 24×7 direct-access support through professional mentors and instructors. So many companies we come across only seem to want to help while they’re in the office (9am till 6pm, Monday till Friday usually) and nothing at the weekends. Avoid training that only supports trainees via a message system after office-staff have gone home. Trainers will defend this with all kinds of excuses. The bottom line is – support is required when it’s required – not when it’s convenient for them.
World-class organisations opt for an online 24 hours-a-day facility pulling in several support offices over many time-zones. You’ll have an easy to use interface that accesses the most appropriate office at any time of day or night: Support when you need it. Unless you insist on 24×7 support, you’ll regret it. It may be that you don’t use it late at night, but consider weekends, early mornings or late evenings.
The old fashioned style of teaching, involving piles of reference textbooks, is usually pretty hard going. If all this is ringing some familiar bells, check out study materials that are multimedia based. If we’re able to get all of our senses involved in our learning, our results will often be quite spectacular.
Programs are now found in disc format, so everything is learned directly from your own PC. Utilising the latest video technology, you can sit back and watch the teachers showing you precisely how to do something, and then practice yourself – with interactive lab sessions. It makes sense to see some examples of the kind of training materials you’ll be using before you purchase a course. You should expect videoed instructor demonstrations and audio-visual elements backed up by interactive lab’s.
It doesn’t make sense to choose training that is only available online. Due to the variable nature of connection quality from the ISP (internet service provider) market, you should always obtain actual CD or DVD ROM’s.
Many students come unstuck over a single training area which doesn’t even occur to them: The way the training is divided into chunks and couriered to your address. A release of your materials piece by piece, according to your own speed is the usual method of releasing your program. This sounds sensible, but you should consider these factors: Maybe the order of study pushed by the company’s salespeople doesn’t suit all of us. And what if you don’t finish each and every section inside their defined time-scales?
In a perfect world, you want ALL the study materials up-front – giving you them all to come back to in the future – irrespective of any schedule. You can also vary the order in which you move through the program if you find another route more intuitive.
Review the facts below and pay great regard to them if you’re inclined to think that over-used sales technique about examination guarantees seems like a good idea:
Everybody’s aware that they’re still footing the bill for it – obviously it has already been included in the full cost of the package supplied by the college. It’s absolutely not free (it’s just marketing companies think we’ll fall for anything they say!) For those who want to pass first time, then you should fund each exam as you take it, give it the priority it deserves and give the task sufficient application.
Take your exams at a local pro-metric testing centre and look for the very best offer you can at the time. Including money in your training package for examination fees (plus interest – if you’re financing your study) is insane. Resist being talked into filling the training company’s account with extra money of yours simply to help their cash-flow! Many will hope you don’t even take them all – so they don’t need to pay for them. You should fully understand that re-takes through training course providers who offer an ‘Exam Guarantee’ are monitored with tight restrictions. They’ll insist that you take mock exams first until you’ve proven that you’re likely to pass.
Exams taken at VUE and Prometric centres are in the region of 112 pounds in the United Kingdom today. Why spend so much more on ‘Exam Guarantee’ fees (often hidden in the cost) – when the best course materials, the right level of support and consistent and systematic learning, coupled with quality exam simulation software is what will really see you through.
Some training providers have a handy Job Placement Assistance facility, to help you into your first commercial role. The honest truth is that it isn’t so complicated as you might think to secure your first job – as long as you’re correctly trained and certified; the shortage of IT personnel in Britain looks after that.
Get your CV updated straight-away though (advice can be sought on this via your provider). Don’t put it off till you’ve finished your exams. You might not even have got to the exam time when you will be offered your first junior support role; yet this can’t and won’t happen if your CV isn’t in front of employers. Generally, a local IT focused employment agency (who will, of course, be keen to place you to receive their commission) is going to give you a better service than a division of a training company. They should, of course, also know local industry and the area better.
Please be sure that you don’t spend hundreds of hours on your training and studies, only to stop and imagine someone else is miraculously going to land you a job. Stand up for yourself and get on with the job. Put as much focus into securing your first job as it took to get qualified.
Technology and IT is one of the most electrifying and revolutionary industries that you can get into right now. Being up close and personal with technology is to be a part of the massive changes that will impact the whole world for generations to come. Computer technology and communication through the web will spectacularly shape the direction of our lives in the future; overwhelmingly so.
Always remember that typical remuneration in the IT industry over Britain as a whole is significantly more than average salaries nationally, which means you will most likely earn a lot more in the IT sector, than you would in most typical jobs. With the IT marketplace developing nationally and internationally, one can predict that the need for well trained and qualified IT technicians will continue actively for decades to come.