Both if you’re a beginner, or an experienced technician looking to gain acknowledged certifications, there are interactive MCSA (Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator) courses to cater for both student levels.
Each of these options will need a different type of course, so pay attention to check you’re being offered the best one prior to making a start. Identify a training company that takes the time to understand what you’re trying to achieve, and will work with you to sort out how it will all work, long before they start talking about courses.
A lot of people are under the impression that the traditional school, college or university path is still the most effective. So why is commercial certification beginning to overtake it?
With a growing demand for specific technological expertise, the IT sector has moved to specialist courses only available through the vendors themselves – in other words companies like Adobe, Microsoft, CISCO and CompTIA. This frequently provides reductions in both cost and time.
This is done through focusing on the skill-sets required (together with a proportionate degree of background knowledge,) instead of covering masses of the background ‘extras’ that degree courses can get bogged down in – to fill a three or four year course.
Put yourself in the employer’s position – and you wanted someone who could provide a specific set of skills. What should you do: Wade your way through reams of different degrees and college qualifications from hopeful applicants, struggling to grasp what they’ve learned and which commercial skills have been attained, or choose a specific set of accreditations that exactly fulfil your criteria, and draw up from that who you want to speak to. Your interviews are then about personal suitability – instead of long discussions on technical suitability.
Frequently, the everyday IT hopeful doesn’t have a clue in what direction to head in a computing career, or even what sector they should look at getting trained in.
How likely is it for us to understand the day-to-day realities of any IT job when we haven’t done that before? Maybe we don’t know someone who performs the role either.
To come through this, we need to discuss a variety of definitive areas:
* Personality factors and interests – what work-centred jobs you love or hate.
* Why you want to consider moving into the IT industry – it could be you’re looking to overcome a long-held goal like working for yourself for instance.
* Is the money you make further up on your priority-scale than some other areas.
* Some students don’t fully understand the amount of work required to get fully certified.
* Having a good look at what commitment and time you’ll make available.
When all is said and done, your only chance of covering these is through an in-depth discussion with an advisor who knows the industry well enough to lead you to the correct decision.
Some training providers will only provide office hours or extended office hours support; not many go late into the evening (after 8-9pm) or cover weekends properly.
Never accept study programmes that only provide support to students via a call-centre messaging system outside of normal office hours. Companies will give you every excuse in the book why you don’t need this. But, no matter how they put it – you want support at the appropriate time – not as-and-when it’s suitable for their staff.
The very best training providers use multiple support centres active in different time-zones. They use an online interactive interface to join them all seamlessly, at any time you choose, help is just seconds away, without any problems or delays.
Find a training company that cares. As only true live 24×7 round-the-clock support delivers what is required.
It’s essential to have an accredited exam preparation programme included in your course.
Because a lot of IT examining boards are American, you’ll need to be used to the correct phraseology. It’s no use just answering any old technical questions – they must be in an exam format that exactly replicates the real thing.
As you can imagine, it’s very crucial to ensure that you’re absolutely ready for your actual certification exam before embarking on it. Rehearsing ‘mock’ tests logs the information in your brain and will save a lot of money on failed exams.