If you’re reading this it’s probable that either you’re considering a career change into IT and you fancy taking your MCSE, or you could already be in IT and you’re aware that you can’t get any further without the Microsoft qualification.
As you discover more about computer training companies, steer clear of those that compromise their offerings by not providing the latest version from Microsoft. Overall, this will end up costing the student a great deal more because they’ve been studying an outdated MCSE program which will have to be revised to suit the working environment.
Avoid the companies who are only trying to make a sale. You deserve time, expertise and advice to make sure you are taking the right decisions. Don’t be shoe-horned into their standard course by an inadequate outfit.
The way a programme is physically sent to you is usually ignored by most students. In what way are your training elements sectioned? And in what order and at what speed is it delivered?
A release of your materials stage by stage, according to your exam schedule is the normal way of receiving your courseware. While sounding logical, you should take these factors into account:
Often, the staged breakdown offered by the provider doesn’t suit. You may find it a stretch to finalise all the modules within the time limits imposed?
In an ideal situation, you’d ask for every single material to be delivered immediately – giving you them all for the future to come back to – as and when you want. This also allows you to vary the order in which you move through the program as and when something more intuitive seems right for you.
Many training companies are still using the rather old-fashioned idea of classroom days. Usually touted as a major benefit, after discussion with someone who has first-hand experience, don’t be surprised to be lectured on several if not all of these issues:
* Many centre visits – often 100’s of miles.
* Taking constant holidays or time off – many training companies will only provide weekday availability and often group days together in a clump. This isn’t ideal for most people who work, especially if travelling time is added into the mix.
* Annual leave lost – most working people get just four weeks holiday each year. If you use up half of that with study classes, you haven’t got a great deal of holiday time remaining for students and their families.
* Because of the cost involved, a lot of trainers make the classes quite large – certainly not ideal (and much less personal).
* There is often tension in classes because most students want to move at a pace comfortable for them.
* You shouldn’t disregard the extra financial outlay of driving and several days bed and breakfast either. Don’t be surprised to find this become a lot of money – from hundreds to thousands. Do the maths yourself – you’ll be (unpleasantly) surprised.
* Quite a lot of trainees would like to keep their training completely private to avoid any kind of come-back whilst in their current job.
* Surely, all of us at some time have avoided asking a question, because we wanted to maintain the illusion that we did, in fact, understand?
* There are those of us who at times work or live away part of the time, imagine the increased difficulty in making the necessary days in-centre, as time becomes even more scarce.
Surely it makes much more sense to be trained when it’s convenient for you – not the company – and exploit videos of instructors with interactive virtual-lab’s.
Whenever you get stuck, use the provided 24×7 live support (that should come with any technical program.) You should remember, if you’ve got a notebook PC, study can take place anywhere.
It really doesn’t matter how frequently you want to re-do a section, video tutors aren’t ever likely to rush you! Plus, in this situation, there’s no need to take notes. Everything is already there for immediate use.
Though this doesn’t suddenly take away every single problem, it certainly reduces stress and eases things. You also have reduced hassle, travel and costs.
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