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Advice on Options

Discussion in 'MCDST' started by kieranlane, Jan 13, 2011.

  1. kieranlane

    kieranlane New Member

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    Hey, First post after reading a very long thread about the Zenos Academy trying to decide on it myself. After reading that I have a pretty good idea that Training Providers are probably best not to go for and that self-teaching is better but I wanted to ask for some advice, I'll explain my situation first might make a little more sense :);

    Im 16 currently at First Year of my Sixth Form taking my AS options in Maths, Further Maths, Product Design, IT and Computing. I saw the Ad for the Zenos thing on Facebook (I know very reliable :P) clicked on it on a whim to be honest. It looks pretty good and its all free and, just for reference you get,

    • Key Skills Assessment & Certification
    • Technical Training & Certification
    • NVQ Level III Assessment & Certification
    • Internationally recognized Vendor Certification, eg Microsoft or CompTIA
    • Business Skills

    Its currently for 16-18 year olds and they accept a few 19 year olds based on Government funding for the area. Since I will be finishing Sixth Form by July 2012 and they start intakes at February and September would it be worth do it for the 5 months? I know what has been said on the other thread but this would be in the VERY small gap between the September and my 19th Birthday in May (The cut-off point in effect). Its more qualifications etc... so is it just worth having because its free?

    Fairly lengthy sorry about that and yeah its not for a couple of years but I'm thinking ahead just trying to have as many qualifications as possible. Also this Zenos pays £100 a week to you for attending Monday to Friday 9-5 which over 5 months, about £2000, could be helpful to pay for more exams to take whilst trying to get into University, of which I assume start their intake in the usual September? But any thoughts ideas, places to start learning will be a great help and its very much appreciated :D

    Kieran
     
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  2. Sparky
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    Personally I would study for some entry level certs between school and uni – less risk! 8)
     
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    I'd recommend self study of some entry-level certifications, such as the A+, Network+, and MCDST, while looking for an entry-level IT job.

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  4. karan1337

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    If what u said is correct that they admit a few 19 years old too, then i think it's ok if they could allow u to attend and complete the course, when u have already been there for 5 months.

    For what i know, students have been quite successful with Zenos.


    Self study and knock off the entry level certs.

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  5. kieranlane

    kieranlane New Member

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    Thanks for the advice its very much appreciated :biggrin

    Will do any thoughts on where to start? Or doesn't really matter :)

    Thanks again,

    Kieran

    PS\ karan1337 they say some pretty hard to believe figures on their site from your experience do you think there true or a bit of an exaggeration? Obviously I know they're trying to sell it to you but always good to know :) If you really don't know no worries there are quite a few threads in this and other forums about Zenos so lots of reading anyways xD
     
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  6. karan1337

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    You're welcome.

    Actually, it does matter. U don't start with MCSE active directory exams. As BosonMichael already said:

    DO exactly that, nothing more needs to be said.

    What would happen if u add 100 to 900, that equals 1000 (that seems a larger figure than 900 and makes an impact). I hope u get the point :)
     
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