Network and computer support staff are ever more sought after in this country, as companies become progressively more dependent upon their knowledge and capacity to solve problems. As we’re all becoming more and more dependent on advanced technology, we simultaneously emerge as more reliant on the technically knowledgeable networking professionals, who keep the systems going.
Review the following facts carefully if you think the sales ploy of an ‘Exam Guarantee’ sounds great value:
Thankfully, today we’re a bit more aware of hype – and generally we cotton on to the fact that we are actually being charged for it – it’s not because they’re so generous they want to give something away!
It’s everybody’s ambition to qualify on the first attempt. Taking your exams progressively one by one and paying as you go has a marked effect on pass-rates – you prepare appropriately and are conscious of what you’ve spent.
Do your exams at a local pro-metric testing centre and don’t pay up-front, but seek out the best deal for you when you’re ready.
Considerable numbers of so-called credible training course providers net big margins through getting paid for exam fees early then hoping either that you won’t take them, or it will be a long time before you do.
It’s worth noting, with most ‘Exam Guarantees’ – you are not in control of when you are allowed to do a re-take. You’ll have to prove conclusively that you can pass before they’ll pay for another exam.
Due to typical VUE and Prometric tests costing in the region of 112 pounds in this country, it’s common sense to fund them one by one. There’s no sense in throwing away maybe a thousand pounds extra at the start of your studies. Commitment, effort and practice with quality exam preparation systems are the factors that really get you through.
Qualifications from the commercial sector are now, undoubtedly, already replacing the traditional academic paths into IT – why then is this?
Accreditation-based training (as it’s known in the industry) is most often much more specialised. The IT sector has become aware that such specialised knowledge is what’s needed to handle a technologically complex commercial environment. Microsoft, CISCO, Adobe and CompTIA are the big boys in this field.
University courses, as a example, can often get caught up in a great deal of loosely associated study – and a syllabus that’s too generalised. This holds a student back from learning the core essentials in sufficient depth.
As long as an employer understands what areas they need covered, then all they have to do is advertise for the exact skill-set required to meet that need. Commercial syllabuses are set to exacting standards and do not vary between trainers (in the way that degree courses can).
A lot of commercial training providers will only provide support to you inside of office hours (typically 9am-6pm) and sometimes a little earlier or later; not many go late into the evening (after 8-9pm) or cover weekends properly.
Locate training schools with proper support available at any time of day or night (no matter if it’s in the middle of the night on a weekend!) Ensure you get direct access to tutors, and not a call-centre that will take messages so you’re consistently being held in a queue for a call-back – probably during office hours.
As long as you look hard, you will find the very best companies who provide their students direct-access online support around the clock – even in the middle of the night.
Look for an educator that gives this level of learning support. As only true live 24×7 round-the-clock support provides the necessary backup.
Technology and IT is amongst the most stimulating and innovative industries that you can get into right now. Being up close and personal with technology means you’re a part of the huge progress that will affect us all over the next generation.
Computer technology and communication on the web is going to spectacularly shape our lives in the future; overwhelmingly so.
The usual IT employee in the UK is likely to get considerably more than fellow workers in other market sectors. Typical wages are around the top of national league tables.
It would appear there is no end in sight for IT industry development in Great Britain as a whole. The sector is continuing to expand hugely, and we don’t have anywhere near enough qualified skilled IT professionals to fill current job vacancies, so it’s highly unlikely that this will change significantly for the significant future.