Courses in A+ computer training teach diagnostic techniques and fault-finding - both remote access and hands-on, alongside building, fixing, repairing and operating in antistatic conditions.
If you would like to be someone who is involved with a big team - fixing and supporting networks, you should include CompTIA Network+ to your training package, or consider an MCSA or MCSE with Microsoft because it's necessary to have a more advanced experience of the way networks operate.
Your training program should always include the most up to date Microsoft (or relevant organisation's) authorised exam preparation packages.
Often students can find themselves confused by practising exam questions that don't come from authorised sources. Sometimes, the question formats and phraseology is unfamiliar and it's vital that you know this.
Ensure that you have some simulated exam questions so you'll be able to verify your understanding whenever you need to. Practice or 'mock' exams prepare you properly - then you're much more at ease with the real thing.
Make sure that all your qualifications are what employers want - don't bother with courses which lead to some in-house certificate (which is as useless as if you'd printed it yourself).
From the perspective of an employer, only top businesses like Microsoft, CompTIA, Cisco or Adobe (to give some examples) will make the right impression. Nothing else makes the grade.
There is a tidal wave of change flooding technology as we approach the second decade of the 21st century - and it only gets more exciting every day.
There are people who believe that the increase in technology that's been a familiar part of our recent lives is slowing down. Nothing could be further from the truth. Massive changes are on the horizon, and most especially the internet will become an increasingly dominant part of our lives.
And it's worth remembering that income in the IT industry throughout this country is much higher than remuneration packages in other industries, so in general you will more than likely gain noticeably more as an IT specialist, than you'd expect to earn elsewhere.
Excitingly, there's no easing up for IT sector growth throughout this country. The market sector is still growing quickly, and as we have a skills gap that means we only typically have three IT workers for every four jobs it's not showing any signs that there'll be any kind of easing off for years to come.
Exam 'guarantees' are sometimes offered as part of a training package - they always involve paying for the exam fees up-front, when you pay for the rest of your course. Before you get carried away with a course with such a promise, why not consider this:
Everyone knows they're still paying for it - it's not so hard to see that it's been inserted into the gross price invoiced by the course provider. Certainly, it's not a freebie (it's just marketing companies think we'll fall for anything they say!)
Students who go in for their examinations when it's appropriate, paying for them just before taking them are much better placed to get through first time. They're mindful of the cost and so are more inclined to be up to the task.
Doesn't it make more sense to go for the best offer when you're ready, rather than coughing up months or even a year or two in advance to the training college, and to do it locally - instead of the remote centre that's convenient only to the trainer?
Why borrow the money or pay in advance (plus interest of course) on examination fees when you don't need to? A great deal of money is made by companies charging all their exam fees up-front - and then hoping that you won't take them all.
The majority of companies will require you to do mock exams and hold you back from re-takes until you've completely proven that you're likely to pass - so an 'Exam Guarantee' comes with many clauses in reality.
On average, exams cost about 112 pounds last year via VUE or Pro-metric centres in the UK. So why pay hundreds or thousands of pounds extra to get 'an Exam Guarantee', when it's no secret that the most successful method is a commitment to studying and the use of authorised exam preparation tools.
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