Computer Support Training Uncovered

A fraction of the working population in the United Kingdom are claiming to be happy in their job. Inevitably, huge numbers will just stay there. The fact that you’re reading this at least suggests that you’re considering or may be ready for a change.

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We’d strongly advise that before you start any individual training program, you discuss your plans with a person who is familiar with the working environment and can give you advice. They can look at aspects of your personality and help you find your ideal job to train for:

* Do you want to interact with other people? If so, do you like working with the same people or are you hoping to meet new people? Alternatively, do you like to deal with your responsibilities alone?

* What do you require from the market sector you work in? – We all know that things have changed, look at building and banking for instance.

* Is this the final time you envisage re-training, and therefore, do you believe this career choice will allow you to do that?

* Do you want your training course to be in a market sector where you know you’ll have a job until your pension kicks in?

The biggest industry in the United Kingdom that fulfills the above criteria is the IT sector. There’s a demand for more qualified people in the industry, simply have a look at a local job site and there’ll be a long list. Don’t let people tell you it’s full of techie geeks gazing towards their screens all day – there are loads more jobs than that. The majority of employees in the computer industry are just like the rest of us, with jobs they enjoy and better than average salaries.

Looking at the myriad of choice out there, there’s no surprise that nearly all trainees get stuck choosing the job they will enjoy.

As without any commercial background in IT, how should we possibly be expected to understand what someone in a particular job does?

Often, the key to unlocking this question appropriately flows from a full chat, covering several different topics:

* Our personalities play a starring role – what kind of areas spark your interest, and what are the areas that put a frown on your face.

* Are you aiming to pull off a specific objective – like being your own boss in the near future?

* Is your income higher on your wish list than anything else.

* With everything that computing encapsulates, it’s obvious you’ll need to be able to absorb how they differ.

* You need to understand what differentiates all the training areas.

The best way to avoid the barrage of jargon, and reveal what’ll really work for you, have an informal chat with an industry-experienced advisor; an individual that can impart the commercial reality whilst covering each qualification.

Adding in the cost of examination fees upfront and offering an ‘Exam Guarantee’ is popular with a number of training colleges. However, let’s consider what’s really going on:

Certainly it’s not free – you’re still footing the bill for it – the price has simply been included in the whole thing.

We all want to pass first time. Going for exams in order and funding them one at a time sees you much better placed to get through first time – you revise thoroughly and are aware of the costs involved.

Don’t pay up-front, but seek out the best deal for you when you take the exam, and save having to find the money early. You’ll then be able to select where you sit the exam – so you can choose somewhere closer to home.

A great deal of money is netted by a number of companies that take the exam money up-front. For quite legitimate reasons, a number of students don’t get to do their exams and so they pocket the rest. Believe it or not, there are companies around who depend on students not taking their exams – as that’s how they make a lot of their profit.

It’s also worth noting that you should consider what an ‘exam guarantee’ really means. The majority of organisations will not pay for you to re-take until you’ve completely satisfied them that you’re ready this time.

With the average price of Pro-metric and VUE exams in the United Kingdom costing around 112 pounds, the most cost-effective way to cover the cost is by paying when you need them. There’s no sense in throwing away maybe a thousand pounds extra at the start of your studies. Study, commitment and preparing with good quality mock and practice exams is what will really guarantee success.

One thing you must always insist on is comprehensive 24×7 direct-access support with expert mentors and instructors. It’s an all too common story to find providers that only provide support to you inside of office hours (typically 9am-6pm) and sometimes a little earlier or later (but not weekends usually).

Never accept certification programs which can only support trainees with a call-centre messaging service after 6-9pm in the evening and during weekends. Colleges will try to talk you round from this line of reasoning. Essentially – support is required when it’s required – not as-and-when it’s suitable for their staff.

Keep your eyes open for providers that utilise many support facilities across multiple time-zones. These should be integrated to offer a simple interface as well as 24×7 access, when it’s convenient for you, with the minimum of hassle.

Always choose a training school that offers this level of study support. Only true live 24×7 round-the-clock support gives you the confidence to make it.

Finding your first job in the industry can feel more straightforward with the help of a Job Placement Assistance service. Because of the great skills shortage in Great Britain at the moment, it’s not too important to get too caught up in this feature though. It’s not as difficult as you may be led to believe to find the right work once you’re properly qualified.

Help and assistance with preparing a CV and getting interviews might be provided (alternatively, check out one of our sites for help). It’s essential that you update that dusty old CV right away – don’t leave it till you pass the exams!

It’s possible that you won’t have even got to the exam time when you will be offered your first junior support position; but this can’t and won’t happen unless your CV is with employers.

If you don’t want to travel too far to work, then it’s quite likely that a specialist locally based employment agency might be more appropriate than some national concern, as they’re far more likely to know what’s available near you.

A slight aggravation of many training course providers is how hard people are focused on studying to become certified, but how un-prepared they are to work on getting the position they’re qualified for. Don’t give up when the best is yet to come.

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