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Discussion in 'New Members Introduction' started by Trisha, Apr 5, 2007.

  1. Trisha

    Trisha New Member

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    Hi everyone, i thought i would come and introduce myself. im 22, recently graduated from uni, i did computer science. i am currently looking for a part-time job in i.t, but it is very very hard.

    I found this website after searching for reviews on skills train, as i had a visit from an advisor today. I must say he was a very nice person. Told me abit about the CIW course, and how much it was. asked me many questions on how much i wanted it. Told me that they select who they take on. i havent signed anything yet, but he was eager for me to give my credit card details over, which did put me off. so i said to him i will let him know. so i thought id do some research before i take it further. He said with the qualification that i will get, it will give me a chance to work from home which sounds good. so i need some advice if anyones got any? i would really appreciate it.

    thank you
    Trisha :)
     
  2. BosonMichael
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    He's certainly throwing out the allegations, isn't he? If you believe that you'll be able to work from home as an entry-level tech by taking courses, I've got a nice pyramid scheme to sell you... :twisted:

    Welcome to the forum. Most of us here are big advocates of self-study. It's a WHOLE lot cheaper, and you can learn the same things.

    The big question is... what do you want to do in IT? CIW is usually pursued by people who want to work in Web design - a dying/dead field, if you ask me, but if it's your dream job, so be it. Is that what you're looking for?

    Best of luck to you. :)
     
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  3. Bluerinse
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    Welcome to the forum Trisha, i trust you have searched here for threads related to computeach?

    Salesman tend to exaggerate, so don't believe everything they say.

    Care to elaborate on that statement Mike?

    Pete
     
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  4. wizard

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    Hi there and welcome 8)
     
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    Greetings, Trisha :biggrin .
     
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  6. zimbo
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    Welcome to CF Trisha! :biggrin

    First of all you need to decide what area of IT you looking to get into? With a degree already in computer science you have a good start. But that doesnt mean it will be easy. You need to decide which area you want to work in before choosing a cert. So if its web design then CIW is the cert. You dont need to do it through a provider - you can if you wish but for someone who has done a degree you must have done a lot of self-study on your own. You can do it for the CIW as well - and many other certifications - i have and so have many others.

    Good luck with your studies! :biggrin
     
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  7. BosonMichael
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    Which part?
     
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  8. Bluerinse
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    Well specifically this part..

     
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  9. wagnerk
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    Welcome to CF, glad you joined up.

    Remember if you're doing professional certs, only concentrate on the entry level certs first of all, as the higher certs should go hand-in-hand with your job.

    -Ken
     
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  10. onoski

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    Welcome to CF Trish and I'd advice you go the self study route when you have decided which area of IT interest you:D
     
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    Welcome to CF!:)
     
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    Hi and welcome.

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  13. Trisha

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    hi, everyone, thank you for your responses, i do want to do the ciw, but not sure where to start. i think i will give going through skills train route a miss, as i have heard quite a bit of negative feeback about them. self study may be the best option, but dont know where to start, any ideas?
     
  14. Raffaz

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    Have a look at the self study guide written by zimbo:)
    http://www.certforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=11831
     
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  15. Sparky
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    Oh really? :blink

    If you have the cash thats the main thing :rolleyes:
     
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    Hi Trisha,

    Welcome to the forum. Good luck with your cert's.

    Si
     
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  17. BosonMichael
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    Well, when I took the CIW exams, the Web design concepts were extremely basic... setting up basic Web pages. While graphic designers used to get paid good money for that sort of work, most any amateur can create decent looking Web pages these days. Gone are the days when a company will spend tens of thousands of dollars on Web site design. I've seen several thriving, high-quality Web design businesses dwindle away to next to nothing... the money's just not there anymore unless you're doing extremely complex stuff, like integrating a front-end site in with e-commerce and other back-end apps and databases.
     
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    Oh, i assumed CIW would incorporate this ^^, as imho this *is* web design - anything else is beginners stuff, surely, well it must be, if i can do it?

    My wife and I created my site using Dreamweaver, with no formal training at all, i haven't even read a book - it uses CSS, java-script and has had some basic flash content. The whole site is written in XHTML transitional and is W3c compliant even down to the required alt tags for all images, including space holders

    I intend the next version to use CSS for everything, including the tables but that would be beyond me at the moment.

    Check my sig for url.

    So what do you learn on the recent CIW courses? :D
     
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  19. BosonMichael
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    No idea. Very few people pursue the CIW. From what I understand, we lost money creating the first batch of CIW exams - that's why you don't see them offered by any of the practice exam companies anymore. And for the record, that's the one certification I don't list in my sig.
     
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  20. stuPeas

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    CIW does indeed incorporate databases, server-admin, CGI, UNIX/Linux, E-Commerce, and even project management.

    I don't know what the older CIW versions.

    I will say however, that the tutor support that Skillstrain have given me is absolutely USELESS. Anything that i dont understand, i find the answer on forums such as this. I wish i would have gone the self-study option but at the time, i didnt know what my options were (IMHO, this is what companies like skillstrain are relying on).

    My course material seems identical (word for word) to that of some CIW books that can be bought for around £30 each.
     
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