As you’ve arrived here it’s probable that either you’re considering a career change into IT and you’ve heard good things about MCSE’s, or you’re currently an IT professional and you know that you can’t get any further without the MCSE accreditation.
We’d recommend you confirm that your provider is actually training you on the latest Microsoft version. A number of trainees are left in a mess when they find that they’ve been studying for an outdated MCSE course which inevitably will have to be up-dated. Don’t get bullied into a training program without the right advice. Take time to discover a training company that will spend time helping and advising you on an appropriate training track for meeting your goals.
We’re regularly asked to explain why academic qualifications are being replaced by more commercial certificates? As we require increasingly more effective technological know-how, industry has of necessity moved to the specialised core-skills learning only available through the vendors themselves – namely companies such as Microsoft, CISCO, Adobe and CompTIA. This often comes in at a fraction of the cost and time. Patently, an appropriate quantity of associated knowledge must be learned, but precise specialisation in the particular job function gives a vendor educated student a real head start.
Imagine if you were an employer – and you wanted someone who could provide a specific set of skills. What should you do: Pore through a mass of different academic qualifications from graduate applicants, asking for course details and which workplace skills they’ve mastered, or select a specialised number of commercial certifications that specifically match what you’re looking for, and make your short-list from that. The interview is then more about the person and how they’ll fit in – rather than on the depth of their technical knowledge.
Consider the following points in detail if you believe that over-used sales technique about examination guarantees seems like a good idea:
Patently it isn’t free – you’re still paying for it – the cost has just been rolled into the whole training package. People who take each progressive exam, funding them as they go are far more likely to pass first time. They are conscious of what they’ve paid and prepare more appropriately to make sure they’re ready.
Sit the exam somewhere close to home and find the best deal for you at the time. Buying a course that includes payments for exam fees (and interest charges if you’re borrowing money) is insane. Don’t line companies bank accounts with extra money of yours simply to help their cash-flow! Many will hope you don’t even take them all – then they’ll keep the extra money. Also, you should consider what an ‘exam guarantee’ really means. Many training companies won’t be prepared to pay again for an exam until you have demonstrated conclusively that you won’t fail again.
Splashing out often many hundreds of pounds extra on an ‘Exam Guarantee’ is naive – when study, commitment and preparing with good quality mock and practice exams is actually the key to your success.