Sunday, January 10, 2010

Computer Training in CompTIA - Update

By Jason Kendall

CompTIA A + has a total of four exams and areas of study, but you only need to get certified in 2 to qualify for your A+. Because of this, many educational establishments simply offer two. But allowing you to learn about all 4 options will provide you with a much wider knowledge and understanding of it all, something you'll appreciate as a Godsend in professional employment.

A+ computer training courses cover fault-finding and diagnostics - both remote access and hands-on, alongside building and fixing and understanding antistatic conditions.

If you would like to be a man or woman who works for a larger company - fixing and supporting networks, build on A+ with Network+, or consider the Microsoft networking route (MCSA - MCSE) because it's necessary to have a wider knowledge of how networks work.

Many training companies only give basic 9am till 6pm support (maybe a little earlier or later on certain days); very few go late in the evening or at weekends.

You'll be waiting ages for an answer with email based support, and phone support is often to a call-centre who will make some notes and then email an advisor - who will attempt to call you within 24-48 hrs, at a suitable time to them. This is no use if you're sitting there confused over an issue and only have a specific time you can study.

Keep your eyes open for training programs that incorporate three or four individual support centres around the globe in several time-zones. All of them should be combined to give a single entry point and 24x7 access, when it's convenient for you, with no hassle.

Search out a training school that offers this level of study support. Only proper round-the-clock 24x7 support delivers what is required.

An all too common mistake that students everywhere can make is to concentrate on the course itself, and take their eye off the desired end-result. Training academies are brimming over with direction-less students who took a course because it seemed fun - in place of something that could gain them their end-goal of a job they enjoyed.

You could be training for only a year and end up doing a job for a lifetime. Avoid the mistake of taking what may be an 'interesting' course and then spend decades in a job you don't like!

Prioritise understanding what industry will expect from you. Which particular certifications they'll want you to gain and how you'll build your experience level. It's definitely worth spending time assessing how far you'd like to get as often it can force you to choose a particular set of accreditations.

Obtain help from an industry professional who appreciates the market you're interested in, and will be able to provide 'A typical day in the life of' synopsis of what you'll actually be doing day-to-day. It's sensible to understand whether or not this is right for you long before you commence your studies. After all, what is the point in kicking off your training only to discover you're on the wrong course.

Some training providers will provide a useful Job Placement Assistance program, to assist your search for your first position. Because of the great demand for appropriately skilled people in Britain even when times are hard, there isn't a great need to place too much emphasis on this feature however. It really won't be that difficult to secure a job as long as you've got the necessary skills and qualifications.

However, don't procrastinate and wait until you have finished your training before polishing up your CV. As soon as you start studying, enter details of your study programme and get promoting!

Quite often, you'll land your initial role while you're still a student (even when you've just left first base). If you haven't updated your CV to say what you're studying (and it isn't in the hands of someone with jobs to offer) then you aren't even in the running!

Most often, a local IT focused employment agency (who will, of course, be keen to place you to receive their commission) will be more pro-active than a centralised training company's service. They should, of course, also know the local area and commercial needs.

Many people, apparently, conscientiously work through their course materials (for years sometimes), only to give up at the first hurdle when finding a job. Market yourself... Do everything you can to put yourself out there. Don't think a job's just going to jump out in front of you.

Have a conversation with a skilled consultant and they'll entertain you with many awful tales of how students have been duped by salespeople. Make sure you deal with a skilled professional that asks lots of questions to find out what's right for you - not for their bank-account! Dig until you find an ideal starting-point that fits you.

Occasionally, the starting point of study for someone with some experience will be substantially different to the student with none.

If this is going to be your opening crack at an IT exam then you may want to start with a user-skills course first.

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