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Discussion in 'New Members Introduction' started by LMcKenna, Nov 8, 2007.

  1. LMcKenna

    LMcKenna New Member

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    Hello everybody - what an informative forum - perhaps this forum will help me decide whether to invest the £2000 + in an e-learning course OR to do self study?

    Leigh
     
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  2. Fergal1982

    Fergal1982 Petabyte Poster

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    Thats a baited question if ever i saw one.

    Welcome to the forum
     
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  3. greenbrucelee
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    greenbrucelee Zettabyte Poster

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    Hi Welcome

    I personally would go the self study route, save the £2000 for something else.

    What are you looking to study?

    What do yo do for a living?
     
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  4. wagnerk
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    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

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    Hi & welcome to CF :)

    As for investing, it really does depend on how you pref to study.

    -Ken
     
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  5. LMcKenna

    LMcKenna New Member

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    My degree is in Computing for Internet & Multimedia - a bit of everything - and since I graduated, I have been doing freelance work - web design/web development/web applications development, but I am looking for something more permanent. I have been for quite a few interviews - but have been told that I do not quite have the experience they require.

    The e-learning course is the MCAD and they offer three months work experience with them once the course is completed.

    I am quite tempted, but it is quite expensive....
     
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  6. Suttar

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    Hi with those qualifications you must be another RGU alumni?
     
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  7. LMcKenna

    LMcKenna New Member

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    Yip, RGU. I have been thinking about going to them for some career advice.
     
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  8. greenbrucelee
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    greenbrucelee Zettabyte Poster

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    Like Ken said it depends on how you prefer to study, if you can self study and build up a portfolio etc then it will be cheaper and you have un-limited time to do it or you can do a course.

    Its up to you at the end of the day

    Good luck in whatever you choose :)
     
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  9. BosonMichael
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    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

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    As stated on hundreds of other posts throughout this forum... most of us here (but not all) recommend self study.
     
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  10. Fergal1982

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    So im the only one that read the post as a bit of a joke, then? Looked to me like LMcKenna is more than well aware of the status quo of recommendation on the forum.
     
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  11. Kraven

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    Biggest mistake I've done is going with a training provider, I wish I had come across this forum before. I would of saved hundreds. And going with a training provider you are still self studying, but paying stupid amounts of cash for nothing.
     
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  12. wizard

    wizard Petabyte Poster

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    Hi there and welcome 8)
     
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  13. BosonMichael
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    Dunno, Fer... there's certainly enough posts on this subject. :)
     
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    Welcome to CF LMckenna, yep! I also second the above as you'd learn at your own pace plus save lots of £££ but hey the choice ultimately lies with you:)
     
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    Welcome to CF :)
     
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  16. LMcKenna

    LMcKenna New Member

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    Thanks for all the advice everyone :biggrin

    My one concern about self-study, is not getting work experience. The e-learning company provide 3-months work experience.

    But, maybe employers prefer the self-study route?

    Leigh
     
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  17. greenbrucelee
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    If you want to do a work placement whilst you are studying then self study probably won't help, but the fact with self study is that it is cheaper and can be done at your own pace, but could be done faster and you could end up getting a real job more quickly.
     
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  18. BosonMichael
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    Employers won't care if you went to a training course or used self-study methods.

    Keep in mind that "lab work" and "school work" aren't considered as experience by employers. Only real-world experience in an IT job is considered experience by employers. In any case, three months isn't enough experience to make a dent in any job posting experience requirements.

    I'd recommend saving your money, pursuing self-study options, and getting an entry-level IT job. :)
     
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  19. Ross

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    Hi there and welcome. I just love that question, HHHmmmm . . . .
     
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  20. jamman32

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    hi lmckenna ,
    self study cost less and you can truly do it in your own time.
     
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