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Discussion in 'New Members Introduction' started by dibblejon, Nov 3, 2007.

  1. dibblejon

    dibblejon New Member

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    Hi All

    My name is Jon and I work for a small company and look after all the IT. I am self taught and my responsibilities include supporting the 28 desktops, administrating the E-Commerce website, looking after the servers running Server 2003, Server 2003 Web and Red Hat Linux.

    I have now been given a budget to embark on some formal training as I do come across issues quite reguarly that are difficult for me to resolve, quickly.

    I am veering towards the MCSE due to the nature of the course topics. And given that the company is looking to install a new system and network in the next 3-5 years, I am confident that this course should bring me up to the level to that I would need to implement.

    I am unsure as to where to study - Has any one any suggestions? I would imagine that a local College or Uni would be best - but it seems they do not offer this course. The other route would be maybe with a company like Computeach, any comments?

    Thanks for your time

    Jon D
     
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  2. wizard

    wizard Petabyte Poster

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    Hi there and welcome 8)

    Won't your employer let you go the self-study route?
     
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  3. onoski

    onoski Terabyte Poster

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    Hi and welcome to CF, I'd advise if you're given the choice to go for the self study route. All you'd need to get would be the books, setup vmware server to practice the OS and lab practices in the books.

    When you are done with the above then start the Transcender exam test simulation to give you a gauge whether your ready to tactic the real exams.

    Best wishes and lets know how you get on:biggrin
     
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  4. greenbrucelee
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    greenbrucelee Zettabyte Poster

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    Yep if you can Self Study:)

    Welcome to CF
     
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  5. Ozzie

    Ozzie Nibble Poster

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    Self study is the way to go. With the right books, equipment, and internet access what more could you want? Plus you get the flexibility to work it around you normal routine.

    :)
     
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  6. BosonMichael
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    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

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    Use some of the budget for self-study...

    ...give some of the budget back to your supervisor...

    ...and use the remainder of the budget to give yourself a raise. 8)
     
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  7. dibblejon

    dibblejon New Member

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    Hi All

    Thanks for your advice. But to reach my decision I really need to the hear the argument for using a training company, otherwise my choice may not be made upon a balanced viewpoint.

    Will wait and see if anyone else want's to comment.

    Kind Regards
     
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  8. wizard

    wizard Petabyte Poster

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    You don't just have to search on here for people's opinion of training companies, do a search on google.

    The folks on here can give you tons of advice if you get stuck whilst home studying.

    I have a new outlook on life, why pay out money when you don't have to?

    I would think your employer would be glad to for you to find ways of saving them money. :D
     
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  9. BosonMichael
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    The argument FOR using a training company... hm...

    ...mmm...

    ...aha! I've got it! The benefit of using a training company is this: you get to pay a bunch of money for someone to artificially motivate you to study based on a timetable, and since you won't want to have wasted your money, you stick to the course of study, regardless of how poor the training is.

    There you have it! :) Surely anyone would want to use a training center after knowing THAT! :thumbleft

    Saying that you cannot make up your OWN mind unless you hear "both sides of the story" doesn't say a lot for your own sense of judgement, does it? I mean, what if you don't find people who defend the other side of the issue? That'd be like saying, "I can't pass judgement on this thief unless I hear an argument as to why theft is OK..." :rolleyes:
     
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