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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

MCSE Retraining Schemes Explained

Posted by patrick

By Jason Kendall

If you're reading this then it's likely that either you want to get into networking and you fancy taking your MCSE, or you could already be in IT and you're aware that the next stage is the Microsoft qualification.

As you discover more about computer training companies, don't use those who reduce their costs by not upgrading their courses to the latest level of Microsoft development. Over time, this will frustrate and cost the student much more because they've been taught from an out-of-date syllabus which will require an up-date pretty much straight away.

Look out for computer training companies who are just interested in your money. You should know that buying an MCSE course is similar to buying a car. They're not all the same; some will serve you very well, whilst some will be a big disappointment. A worthy company will spend time understanding your needs to be sure the course will work for you. When providers are proud of their courses, you'll be able to see a sample of what you're getting prior to registering.

Adding in the cost of examination fees upfront then giving it 'Exam Guarantee' status is common for many companies. However, let's consider what's really going on:

Obviously it isn't free - you're still coughing up for it - it's just been wrapped up in the price of the package.

Trainees who take each progressive exam, funding them as they go are far more likely to pass first time. They're conscious of their spending and revise more thoroughly to ensure they are ready.

Isn't it outrageous to have to pay a training college up-front for exam fees? Find the best exam deal or offer at the appropriate time, rather than coughing up months or even a year or two in advance - and sit exams more locally - not at somewhere of their bidding.

Why tie up your cash (or borrow more than you need) for exams when there was no need to? A great deal of money is netted by organisations charging upfront for all their exams - and hoping either that you won't take them, or it will be a long time before you do.

Don't forget, in the majority of cases of 'exam guarantees' - you are not in control of when you are allowed to have another go. You'll have to prove conclusively that you can pass before they'll pay for another exam.

With average prices for VUE and Pro-metric tests coming in at approximately 112 pounds in Great Britain, it makes sense to pay as you go. It's not in the student's interests to fork out hundreds or thousands of pounds for exams when enrolling on a course. Study, commitment and preparing with good quality mock and practice exams is what will really guarantee success.

In most cases, your normal trainee doesn't know what way to go about starting in a computing career, let alone what sector to focus their retraining program on.

I mean, if you have no know-how of the IT market, how could you possibly know what a particular IT employee actually does day-to-day? Let alone decide on which accreditation path provides the best chances for you to get there.

Getting to the right answer can only grow through a systematic analysis of many altering criteria:

* The kind of individual you reckon you are - what tasks do you enjoy, and conversely - what you definitely don't enjoy.

* Do you hope to accomplish a specific aspiration - for instance, working for yourself someday?

* Where is the salary on a scale of importance - is it of prime importance, or is enjoying your job a little higher on your priority-list?

* Considering all that the IT industry encapsulates, it's important to be able to see the differences.

* How much time you'll spend on getting qualified.

To be honest, the only way to investigate these matters is through a chat with someone that has a background in Information Technology (and specifically it's commercial needs.)

One useful service that many training companies provide is a Job Placement Assistance program. The service is put in place to steer you into your first IT role. In reality it's not as hard as some people make out to find your first job - as long as you've got the necessary skills and qualifications; the shortage of IT personnel in Britain looks after that.

Having said that, it's important to have help with your CV and interview techniques though; also we would encourage any student to update their CV as soon as they start a course - don't delay until you've graduated or passed any exams.

It's possible that you won't have even qualified when you'll secure your initial junior support role; however this won't be the case if interviewers don't get sight of your CV.

The best services to help you find a job are usually specialist locally based employment services. Because they make their money when they've found you a job, they have more incentive to get on with it.

Please ensure you don't spend hundreds of hours on your training and studies, only to stop and leave it in the hands of the gods to land you a job. Stand up for yourself and get on with the job. Put as much resource into securing your first job as it took to get qualified.

Massive developments are about to hit technology over the next few decades - and it only gets more exciting every day.

Technology, computers and connections through the internet is going to radically affect our lifestyles over the coming years; profoundly so.

Wages in the IT sector aren't to be ignored moreover - the average salary in the United Kingdom for an average person working in IT is considerably more than in the rest of the economy. It's likely that you'll earn a much better deal than you'd expect to earn doing other work.

The good news is there's not a hint of a downturn for IT industry increases in the UK. The sector continues to develop rapidly, and as we have a significant shortage of skilled professionals, it's not likely that there'll be any kind of easing off for years to come.

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