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Discussion in 'Training & Development' started by Goragon, May 21, 2016.

  1. Goragon

    Goragon New Member

    I will be made redundant from my job in July the company I work for is closing ☹️

    I've worked in manufacturing most of my life and need a change.

    I have a number of basic computer qualifications.
    MCP, MOUS, CompTIA A+

    I have some training funding at my disposal.

    I think I've narrowed it down to 2 courses, they are with Pitmans training

    Network Support Technician Diploma with CompTIA

    • Network +
    • MTA Security Fundamentals
    • MTA Server Administration
    • Communication Skills for IT Specialists

    Recommended Electives – choose ONE:
    • Project Management
    • MTA Database Administrator Fundamentals
    • CompTIA Cloud Essentials


    Server Support Technician Diploma with MCSA there are five core subjects:

    • Server+
    • Network+
    • Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012
    • Administering Windows Server 2012
    • Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services

    Which diploma would you guys pick, the funding will cover the cost of either.
  2. zxspectrum

    zxspectrum Gigabyte Poster Premium Member

    You can get a lot of those resources for free so that will leave you to save your money for the exam certifications.

    An example of this is professermesser.com or even looking on youtube etc.

    Hope it works out for you

    Certifications: BSc computing and information systems
    WIP: 70-680
  3. dmarsh

    dmarsh Terabyte Poster

    I think these modules would probably suit you best :-

    Network Support Technician Diploma with CompTIA
    • Network +
    • MTA Security Fundamentals
    • MTA Server Administration
    • Communication Skills for IT Specialists
    • MTA Database Administrator Fundamentals

    Windows Server 2012 skills may make you more employable, and you could self study the above introductory material.

    Without experience and the right ground work you may find the Server 2012 stuff a bit challenging however, that is why I recommend the above approach.

    If you can delay spending the funding, I'd self study for 2-3 months and then pick the course after that based on your progress.

    IT isn't a one shot deal, its not one £3000 course and you're good to go. Typically you are going to have to put in a 1000 hours of study per year over the first 5 years. After that you could still be putting in 100's of hours per year if you want to progress in a technical role.
    Last edited: May 22, 2016
    Certifications: CITP, BSc, HND, SCJP, SCJD, SCWCD, SCBCD, SCEA, N+, Sec+, Proj+, Server+, Linux+, MCTS, MCPD, MCSA, MCITP, CCDH
  4. Juelz

    Juelz Gigabyte Poster

    with an A+ surely you could just spend sometime brushing up on your skils and start applying? if you have the A+ I assume you have enough technical knowledge to hold down a 1st/2nd line role. I have an MTA and work in 1st/2nd line support lol
  5. Goragon

    Goragon New Member

    Thanks for all the feed back.

    I will start applying soon but I can't leave my job until the 29th July and I have training funding I can use now to retrain or update my skills.

    With some hard work I should finish the course by the time I leave.

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