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Training Seminars/Lectures/Courses advice needed

Discussion in 'Training & Development' started by ukspeedster, Jan 5, 2007.

  1. ukspeedster

    ukspeedster Nibble Poster

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    Hi All,
    I've been working in my current position for about 2 months now and ive been asked to think about what kind of training I need to help move my career along. Im working in desktop support at the moment and am looking to broaden my knowledge of networking, servers, wireless and security.
    The company is creating a new 'invest in staff' programme and one of their objectives is training & development, hence my manager asked me to list the training I need.

    Anyone know of any good courses to go on that would help someone in IT build technical/non technical skills?

    So far, ive listed Microsoft Windows XP/2003, Networking-Intro and Cisco, security, ITIL.

    Thanks 8)
     
    Certifications: BSc(Hons), ITIL, MCP
    WIP: MCSA 2003, CCNA
  2. Arroryn
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    Arroryn we're all dooooooomed

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    Are they after Certs, or general areas of knowledge?

    This is where the 'where do you see yourself in 5 years time' question from your interview comes in!

    Cert/area wise, I'd react to that question with the following:

    assistance in finishing CCNA/NP, then investment in CCDA/P, as my manager-to-be knows I want to move into design.

    I would also ask for Project+/PMP or Prince2, as I believe the ability to Project Manage is quite important when moving into the design field.

    For the 'here-and-now' section of the job, or if you want to progress into helpdesk management, then I would start thinking of MCSA or MOS.

    Of course, it depends where you want to be later on in life. Try asking them to put you through and intesive drinking course, then a quick 'how to skateboard' course. That could be fun :)
     
    Certifications: A+, N+, MCDST, 70-410, 70-411
    WIP: Modern Languages BA
  3. ukspeedster

    ukspeedster Nibble Poster

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    Both.
    The important thing is to learn the technologies/procedures involved, and then attain the cert to back up your knowledge of that area.

    Ideally, I would like to get into some sort of consultancy within the next few years, and in order for me to do that I will have to build up my technical knowledge within certain areas such as Cisco networking, Microsoft etc.

    Is Prince2 only for project managers?
     
    Certifications: BSc(Hons), ITIL, MCP
    WIP: MCSA 2003, CCNA
  4. brom_star

    brom_star Bit Poster

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    I recommend going for Vista courses & exams, so that you look ahead, also if you have not done exchange, then go for that one also. It might also be a good idea to take courses in people skills & management, if you want to earn more money.
     
  5. ukspeedster

    ukspeedster Nibble Poster

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    That sounds good, although we are not going to be using Vista straight away, so the course would be pointless at this point.

    Are there any other courses (technical or soft skill based) out there that would be useful to have, and that employers look for?

    Thanks
     
    Certifications: BSc(Hons), ITIL, MCP
    WIP: MCSA 2003, CCNA
  6. Arroryn
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    Arroryn we're all dooooooomed

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    Check out what your company's development plan is; any training is good, but relevant training is better :biggrin

    Prince2, I believe, is for project managers with experience in the IT sector. I personally will do something like PMP first to ease myself in, as I'll only be doing minor projects for the first few years of my career.

    If your company is upgrading to Vista, then go for Vista training. If you're moving platforms completely, then you might want to consider a Linux cert (but I haven't got much of a clue when it comes to *nix, so you'll have to ask someone else...it's on my learning wish list, but a bit of the way down!)

    People skills wise, check out what your local college or Uni does. I live near Coventry, and they have a 'centre of lifelong learning'. They run short courses (normally 8-16 weeks) for management basics, communication, assertiveness, etc. I have been on the assertiveness course, and it does help. Alternatively you can see what the OU offer, as they have some find standalone diplomas, and if your workplace doesn't completely help you out on the finance, there are schemes for funding too.

    For a consultancy, work experience is the key really. But I would personally say project management, management studies, and then the areas of IT that you want to embellish. What do you want to consult on? How far do you want to go? My perception of a consultant is they are quite specialised. If I were to go into design consultancy (which is the dream if I don't get my novel published!) I would head for the CCIE Service Provider Cert. I would by this point have my (part time study) degree in Computing and Mathematical Science. I would then do a Masters (as I had planned from A Levels) in business. To get to my perception of how specialised Consultants are :rolleyes: One day I'll get there. But I'll be in my mid thirties, as I also want to have some lift in between!

    It depends how deep and how far you want to go. Learning-wise, the world is a tap, you are a sponge. How much do you think you can absorb?
     
    Certifications: A+, N+, MCDST, 70-410, 70-411
    WIP: Modern Languages BA

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