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Written by: Jason Kendall   
Sunday, 05 July 2009 16:34
Network and computer support staff are ever more in demand in this country, as businesses have come to depend on their technical advice and skills. The nation's requirement for increasing numbers of skilled and qualified individuals multiplies, as human beings become ever more dependent on PC's in the modern world.


Network and computer support staff are ever more in demand in this country, as businesses have come to depend on their technical advice and skills. The nation's requirement for increasing numbers of skilled and qualified individuals multiplies, as human beings become ever more dependent on PC's in the modern world.

Trainees looking at this market can be very practical by nature, 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. Learning psychology studies show that much more of what we learn in remembered when we receive multi-sensorial input, and we get physically involved with the study process.

Learning is now available on CD and DVD discs, where everything is taught on your PC. Using video-streaming, you can sit back and watch the teachers showing you precisely how to do something, and then practice yourself - in an interactive lab. It's imperative to see some example materials from any company that you may want to train through. Be sure that they contain full motion videos of instructors demonstrating the topic with lab's to practice the skills in.

Often, companies will only use just online versions of their training packages; and although this is okay the majority of the time, imagine the problems if you lose your internet access or you get intermittent problems and speed issues. A safer solution is the provision of CD and DVD ROM materials which don't suffer from these broadband issues.

Authorised simulation materials and exam preparation packages are vital - and absolutely ought to be supplied by your course provider. Don't fall foul of relying on non-official exam papers and questions. Their phraseology can be quite different - and sometimes this can be a real headache when it comes to taking the real exam. You should make sure you check whether you're learning enough by doing tests and mock ups of exams to prepare you for taking the real thing.

Make sure you don't get caught-up, as many people do, on the certification itself. Training for training's sake is generally pointless; you're training to become commercially employable. Focus on the end-goal. It's unfortunate, but a great many students begin programs that seem marvellous in the sales literature, but which delivers a career that doesn't fulfil at all. Talk to many college graduates and you'll see where we're coming from.

Take time to understand how you feel about career progression and earning potential, and how ambitious you are. You should understand what industry expects from you, what qualifications are required and in what way you can develop commercial experience. All students are advised to speak with a skilled professional before deciding on their training course. This is essential to ensure it contains the commercially required skills for the chosen career path.

Starting from the viewpoint that we need to home-in on the job we want to do first and foremost, before we're able to weigh up what educational program fulfils our needs, how do we know the correct route? How likely is it for us to understand the day-to-day realities of any IT job when we've never done it? Most likely we have never met anyone who performs the role either. Consideration of these issues is most definitely required if you need to dig down the right answers:

* Personality plays a significant part - what kind of areas spark your interest, and what are the areas that you really dislike.

* Do you hope to pull off a closely held dream - for instance, working from home someday?

* Have you thought about salary vs job satisfaction?

* Understanding what the main work areas and markets are - plus how they're different to each other.

* You'll also need to think hard about the level of commitment that you will set aside for the accreditation program.

For most people, getting to the bottom of all these ideas needs a long talk with a professional who can investigate each area with you. And we don't just mean the certifications - but also the commercial expectations and needs besides.

We need to make this very clear: You have to get round-the-clock 24x7 instructor support. You will have so many problems later if you let this one slide. Many only provide email support (too slow), and telephone support is usually to a call-centre which will make some notes and then email an advisor - who will attempt to call you within 24-48 hrs, when it's convenient to them. This is not a lot of use if you're stuck with a particular problem and have a one hour time-slot in which to study.

Keep your eyes open for providers that incorporate three or four individual support centres around the globe in several time-zones. Each one should be integrated to offer a simple interface and also 24 hours-a-day access, when you need it, without any problems. Don't ever make the mistake of taking second best where support is concerned. The majority of would-be IT professionals that drop-out or fail, would have had a different experience if they'd got the right support package in the first place.

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