As your research has brought you here then it’s likely that either you want to get into networking and you fancy taking your MCSE, or you are a knowledgeable person and you’ve realised that your career is blocked until your get the Microsoft qualification.
Always make sure you check that your training company is actually training you on the latest version from Microsoft. A lot of students become very demoralised when they realise they’ve been learning from an old version of MCSE which will need updating.
Training companies should be completely focused on finding the right path for their trainees. Mentoring education is as much concerned with guiding people on establishing which direction to go in, as much as giving them help to get there.
Trainees looking at this market are usually quite practically-minded, and won’t enjoy sitting at a desk in class, and slogging through piles of books. If you identify with this, try the newer style of interactive study, where everything is presented via full motion video.
Many years of research has consistently confirmed that connecting physically with our study, is much more conducive to long-term memory.
Start a study-program in which you’ll get a host of CD and DVD based materials – you’ll begin by watching videos of instructors demonstrating the skills, and then have the opportunity to fine-tune your skills in fully interactive practice sessions.
It would be silly not to view some examples of the kind of training materials you’ll be using before you sign on the dotted line. You should expect videoed instructor demonstrations and interactive audio-visual sections with practice modules.
You should avoid purely online training. Physical CD or DVD ROM materials are preferable where obtainable, so you can use them wherever and whenever you want – and not be totally reliant on a good broadband connection all the time.
With all the options available, is it any wonder that nearly all career changers balk at what job they will enjoy.
How likely is it for us to understand the many facets of a particular career if we’ve never been there? Maybe we have never met anyone who performs the role either.
To work through this, there should be a discussion of several core topics:
* Which type of individual you are – which things you really enjoy, plus of course – what don’t you like doing.
* What is the time-frame for your training?
* Is salary further up on your list of priorities than anything else.
* Getting to grips with what the normal work roles and markets are – including what sets them apart.
* It’s wise to spend some time thinking about the level of commitment you’re going to invest in your education.
For most people, considering each of these concepts needs a long talk with a professional that has direct industry experience. And we don’t just mean the accreditations – you also need to understand the commercial needs and expectations besides.
Most training providers will only offer basic 9am till 6pm support (maybe a little earlier or later on certain days); not many go late into the evening (after 8-9pm) or cover weekends properly.
Many only provide email support (too slow), and telephone support is usually to a call-centre which will just take down the issue and email it over to their technical team – who’ll call back sometime over the next 1-3 days, when it suits them. This is all next to useless if you’re lost and confused and have a one hour time-slot in which to study.
The very best training providers utilise several support facilities around the globe in several time-zones. By utilising an interactive interface to seamlessly link them all, at any time you choose, there is always help at hand, with no hassle or contact issues.
If you opt for less than direct-access round-the-clock support, you’ll quickly find yourself regretting it. You may avoid using the support during late nights, but consider weekends, early mornings or late evenings.
It’s usual for students to get confused with one area of their training very rarely considered: The way the training is divided into chunks and delivered to your home.
You may think that it makes sense (when study may take one to three years to gain full certified status,) for your typical trainer to courier the training stage by stage, as you achieve each exam pass. But:
What could you expect if you didn’t actually complete each element at the required speed? Often the staged order doesn’t work as well as an alternative path could be.
The very best situation would see you getting all the learning modules packed off to your home before you even start; every single thing! This prevents any future issues from rising that will affect your ability to finish.