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British Computer Society - Benefits?

Discussion in 'Professional Associations' started by onoski, Jul 9, 2008.

  1. onoski

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    I have just received an e-mail in my inbox inviting me to sign on with the British computer society as a member and start getting benefits like recognition career wise and discounts on training etc.

    Please, does any know if they do give discounts on the MS cert exams or Cisco? Thanks in advance as I am considering joining if its worth the hassle.
     
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  2. wagnerk
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    They offer anywhere from 10-15% discount from various training companies, will PM you with details.

    -ken
     
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  3. Mr.Cheeks

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    Ken
    Can you PM me aswell please with the details.
    Thanks
     
  4. onoski

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    Brilliant thanks, Ken:) I would get my enrollment going with them then.
     
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  5. simongrahamuk
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    I've been an AMBCS with the BCS for about 3 years now, and although I'm eligiable to go up to MBCS I simply havent seen any advantages in doing so yet.

    I joined mainly so that I can say that I agree to be a professional, and work to professional standards, but since I don't take part in any of their groups or activities I often wonder if its worth me staying in.

    I do get a nice shiney magazine every couple of months which makes decent reading. :biggrin
     
  6. kevicho

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    I usually go to a monthly seminar discussing a range of topics, so far had disaster recovery, windows 2008 server, backup, open source topics and more, so to me its been interesting.

    You also get access to a website and jobsite, as well as i got an email saying i had free legal representation with a company as part of a benefit, not checked into that yet.

    But i think professional memberships do look good on CVs, and they do do some certifications which apparently are well recognised.

    Might be worth doing AMBCS first just to get a feel for it.
     
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  7. craigie

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    Ken,

    Would you mind PM'ing me the details as well please.

    Many Thanks

    Craig
     
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  8. wagnerk
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    I do like the membership, but that's a personal feeling. I don't take advantage of alot of their things, but then again the main reason why I joined was for my pathway for Chartered status & because I agree with their vision to build IT as a proper recognised profession. Their new free legal thing is great news, just in case I need it one day :twisted:

    They do offer alot of recognised certifications, however some of them you can self study and sit the exam with Exin (thru Vue & Prometric) instead of with the BCS/ISEB, this includes ITIL v3 Foundation and V2, ISO/IEC 20000 and others. But then again for some exams you have to sit the course and the BCS does offer good value.

    Joining a professional association is a two way thing, from the associations point of view they get their supporter numbers up, they get their annual membership fee, etc. From an individual's point of view, they should feel support in their career. This can include access to prefered job sites, networking opportunities, professional upgrade paths (if one want to do it, eg AMBCS, MBCS, CITP, Fellow, etc), continuing professional development (CPD), etc.

    -Ken
     
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    yep I joined them a few weeks ago a an MBCS and am still exploring the advantages of being a member (snigger). I particlarly like the once monthly meeting in a nearby towns pub, sounds like a good way to expand my horizons!
     
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  10. onoski

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    Thanks all as I would be joining the BCS as an MBCS as this fits my job experience and profile:).
     
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  11. wagnerk
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    That's good, wonder how many of us it would take to actually form a "Certforums Specialty group" dealing with IT Professional certifications outside the ISEB/BCS remit within the BCS :biggrin

    -Ken
     
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    I might consider this too :biggrin
     
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    Interesting that this thread has came up, I just received info on membership in the post and am thinking of joining.

    Does anyone have Chartered status, and if so what was the process like?

    I'm hoping that I have enough experience to join at that level (9 years in IT, 3 years management)
     
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  14. Mathematix

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    Was a grduate member of the BCS up to about 7 years ago. Gave up on it when I realised that they completely ignored games development. Nothing they do currently has any relevance whatsoever. :(
     
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    I would have taught that would have been the opposite, anyway did you inquire as to why that is as the games industry is very much IT programming etc.
     
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  16. UKDarkstar
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    I just searched the BCS website for "gaming" and turned up this amongst other bits :


    http://www.bcs.org/server.php?show=conEvent.1245

    Maybe you should re-visit ?
     
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  17. Mathematix

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    Um... just testing. :oops:

    That is still a very poor show, regardless. For instance I'll be going to a Serious Games event in London showcasing a load of technologies relevant to games development which the BCS offering will not give.
     
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  18. wagnerk
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    I do, got awarded the CITP this year :biggrin The process was pretty straight forward, the hardest thing is to to map your experiences and qualifications (I think) to level 5, at least, to the SFIA.

    The BCS has a section on the Games industry, see here.

    -ken
     
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  19. Mathematix

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    Still doesn't cut the mustard - especially for pros.
     
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  20. onoski

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    Mathematix, what would cut the mustard for you then in terms of the BCS doing more on the games front side of things? :)
     
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