What might you expect the finest training companies certified by Microsoft to provide a trainee in this country currently? Undoubtedly, the ultimate in training tracks certified by Microsoft, providing a range of courses to take you into different areas of the IT industry.
It’s a good idea to talk about career options with an industry expert – and if you’re uncertain, then get some ideas on whereabouts in industry would be best, dependent on your abilities and personality.
Make sure your training program is personalised to your ability level and skills. A quality company will make sure that the course is purpose built for where you want to get to.
The area most overlooked by trainees mulling over a new direction is the issue of ‘training segmentation’. Basically, this means the breakdown of the materials to be delivered to you, which vastly changes where you end up.
The majority of training companies will set up a program typically taking 1-3 years, and deliver each piece one-by-one as you pass each exam. On the surface this seems reasonable – until you consider the following:
Many students find that the company’s typical path to completion isn’t ideal for them. They might find a slightly different order suits them better. And what happens if they don’t finish within their exact timetable?
In an ideal situation, you want everything at the start – meaning you’ll have all of them to come back to in the future – at any time you choose. This allows a variation in the order that you complete your exams if another more intuitive route presents itself.
Each programme of learning really needs to work up to a fully recognised major qualification as an end-result – not a useless ‘in-house’ diploma – fit only for filing away and forgetting.
Only fully recognised qualifications from companies such as Microsoft, Cisco, CompTIA and Adobe will mean anything to employers.
Many trainers offer a Job Placement Assistance facility, designed to steer you into your first job. It can happen though that too much is made of this feature, for it is actually not that hard for any motivated and trained individual to find a job in this industry – because companies everywhere are seeking well trained people.
Having said that, it’s important to have help with your CV and interview techniques though; and we’d recommend any student to update their CV right at the beginning of their training – don’t wait until you’ve graduated or passed any exams.
Various junior support roles have been offered to students who are still studying and haven’t even passed a single exam yet. At the very least this will get you into the ‘maybe’ pile of CV’s – rather than the ‘No’ pile.
In many cases, a local IT focused employment service (who will get paid by the employer when they’ve placed you) should get better results than any division of a training company. It also stands to reason that they’ll know the area and local employers better.
A regular aggravation for some training providers is how much trainees are focused on studying to get top marks in their exams, but how ill-prepared they are to market themselves for the position they’ve trained for. Don’t falter at the last fence.
Authorised exam simulation and preparation software is essential – and really must be supplied by your course provider.
Don’t fall foul of relying on unauthorised exam preparation questions. The type of questions asked can be completely unlike authorised versions – and this could lead to potential problems when it comes to taking the real exam.
Practice exams can be enormously valuable in helping you build your confidence – so that when you come to take your actual exams, you don’t get uptight.
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