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How many hours IT studying do you do per week?

Discussion in 'Polling Station' started by jk2447, Nov 3, 2014.

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Roughly how many hours IT studying do you do per week?

  1. Less than <5 hours

    50.0%
  2. 5 to 10 hours

    8.3%
  3. 10 to 15 hours

    33.3%
  4. 15 to 20 hours

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  5. 20 hours +

    8.3%
  1. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    Hi All

    I asked this once before in 2009 so I figured I'd gauge how many hours IT study Certforum users are doing these days. I suspect some of us who have been in IT for some time now will have eased off the books but I could be wrong. I have gained the main certifications I need for now so am enjoying a study break although I've only taken a break from certification, I'm learning more than ever on the job albeit to a puddles depth.

    Cheers
    Jim
     
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  2. SimonD

    SimonD Terabyte Poster Moderator

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    I am just about to undertake VCAP5 training so that could be up to 15 hours a week for the next couple of months (will try for a couple of VCAPs before 6 comes out).
     
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    WIP: VCP6-CMA, VCAP-DCD and Linux + (and possibly VCIX-NV).
  3. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    Nice one mate, I'd of loved to do that. I've gone down the Architecture route now and I'm not sure how much hands on experience I'll get any more. Time will tell but I'm worrying no where near enough to do anything beyond a VCP..... I need to remind myself that it's what I make of it but so far I've been puddle deep high level hands off which I'm not 100% convinced is the way to go for me.... yet. Sorry just thought I'd share that ha ha
     
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  4. SimonD

    SimonD Terabyte Poster Moderator

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    Well mate, I moved in to a management role a few months ago and am supposed to be hands off these days, having just attended the Optimise and Scale course a couple of weeks ago and the Troubleshooting course last week I have the urge to get a couple of VCAP's under my belt still.
     
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    WIP: VCP6-CMA, VCAP-DCD and Linux + (and possibly VCIX-NV).
  5. dmarsh

    dmarsh Terabyte Poster

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    I'm mostly doing coursera courses these days, about 16 hrs per week.
     
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  6. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    Good work Simon, gone over to the dark side hey. I'm a big believer in technical management so keep up the good work.

    What is coursera Dave?
     
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  7. dmarsh

    dmarsh Terabyte Poster

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    Coursera is a MOOC provider. MOOC = Massively Open Online Course.
    Edx is another one thats excellent, there are also others like MIT Opencourseware, OpenLearn, iTunesU, but I've not tried them.

    Then there are commercial ones like Udacity and Udemy.

    I can thoroughly recommend coursera and Edx, most of the courses I've done have been excellent and its also currently largely free.

    I will be trying a commercial MIT Professional Education course next year, I can get people a 5% discount if interested.

    Currently I'm doing Bioinformatics Algorithms (Part1).
     
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  8. Arroryn
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    Arroryn we're all dooooooomed

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    I'll check out Coursera. Most learning I do nowadays is on the job, or podcasts / online learning for pleasure. My work wants me to do MCSE:SI however that's on the back burner at the moment.
     
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  9. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    Just checked that site mate, its brilliant isnt it. I put in Architecture thinking about my work and found a course from Yale on Roman Architecture, which looks really interesting! I think I'll give it a whirl mate nice one :)
     
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  10. Coupe2T

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    I think Udacity charges now, used to be free a year or two back but not sure what free offerings they do now.

    Futurelearn is another that offers some good courses from UK Uni's etc. Not as extensive a list as some of the others but a few good courses all the same.
     
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  11. dmarsh

    dmarsh Terabyte Poster

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    Hi James,

    I did "Pattern-Oriented Software Architectures for Concurrent and Networked Software", "Principles of Reactive Programming" and "Web Intelligence and Big Data" which were ok.

    I started some other software architecture courses but didn't like them so dropped them.

    The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has a Cloud Computing specialization course going.
    https://www.coursera.org/specialization/cloudcomputing/19?utm_medium=catalogSpec

    MIT Professional Education has a commercial course on Big Data
    https://mitprofessionalx.edx.org/?utm_source=pedb-fans&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=big-data-2

    However I suspect you meant infrastructure architecture as opposed to software architecture ?

    There are business and psychology courses for the touchy feely stuff, but they are not my main interests so not taken any yet.
    I'm not keen on writing essays so tend to avoid humanities courses.

    I have enrolled on an Economics course in the hope of broadening my general knowledge.

    There are a lot of Machine Learning and Data Science courses around if that interests you.

    Probably the best course so far has been "MITx: 7.00x Introduction to Biology - The Secret of Life" on edx, incredible stuff.

    Dave
     
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  12. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    Yo Dave

    Any form of IT Architecture. Eventually I'll be expected to pick up software proposals as well as infrastructure. Great site mate really like it. I think you might have told me about this once before on another post but I've lost it over time.

    Hope everything is going great sir

    James
     
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  13. dmarsh

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    A lot of the software architecture stuff expects you to have been a programmer, as its concerned with the design of software, so not sure how you will find it.

    My feeling is architecture spans a bunch of areas, infrastructure, software, project management, programme management, business process change, customer relationship management, etc.

    When it comes to software development projects, you would need principal/lead developers and they may well be the software architects or make the software process and design decisions for the enterprise architects.

    Yes, things are going ok. Hope your new jobs going well !
     
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  14. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    Oh I will be massively out of my depth mate no doubt what so ever. I only have to understand to a puddles depth (how I like to think about it so that I don't panic too much) but it's still going to be a huge learning curve. It's good that I'll get the opportunity to work on some software proposals because it means that my developer background peers get to do some infrastructure work. With regard to my new job, jury is still out mate, its a massive culture shock to be sure. I just hope I can be succesful at this as I was fairly successful as a server engineer. Hoping this isnt a job too far!
     
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  15. Josiahb

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    Not enough...

    I've been fairly poor at doing any studying recently, haven't really had the drive to do anything Microsoft related and I'm looking at moving away from them in general so I've barely picked up the MCSA books for a while.
     
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  16. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    Any reason for that mate? Are you going more the networking route or other?
     
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    A little of both, I seem to be doing more networking stuff recently but I've also been making more use of Linux both personally and professionally. I can't really make my mind up but I do certainly seem to be at a bit of a crossroads. All I do know is if I stay looking after businesses running SBS or Server Essentials I am going to go insane.
     
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