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Hi all!

Discussion in 'New Members Introduction' started by Scoobysnack, Mar 11, 2009.

  1. Scoobysnack

    Scoobysnack New Member

    I am a complete beginner when it comes to IT programming, but for the last few years i been trying to find a way into the IT sector. I already hold a degree in Business Administration which, looking back, was a waste of 3 years and thousand of pounds, unless there is someway i am able to implement it in the future.

    Recently i saw a job advert that needed Microsoft .NET developers, but it also advertised that 'due to the lower availability of .NET qualified people' they were training people in 'the latest Microsoft technologies such as MCTS.NET (Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist), Biz Talk and MCDBA and then give up to 3 months hands on experience working on live projects.)' So this got my interest.

    After talking to the 'salesman' for about 30 minutes, he was really selling me on the idea (as all good sales people do) and he told me that they were sending people on these courses that was done completely online, with tutors, 24/7 classes, supplied books etc. He kept refering to how the course costs £3500 but they are sponsoring people to do these courses, but i would still have to pay about £2300 instead of the £3500. He also was reinforcing the point that this course was special because it offered 'real' commercial experiences. I have told him i would think about it, and that i would contact him early next week. (He even said the cliche pressure line of 'out of 10 spaces there are only 2 left')

    So for the next few days i am searching the web trying to find out whether this sounds too good to be true, is inadequate, is a great deal or whether this is something i could try and obtain on my own with the right directions from people who know.

    So quite a long intro i know. Sorry. But any advice would be great. Do you think it is worth it? I look forward to speaking to you all soon.

    (Also, i am not 100% sure if i can mention the company name, but if i can will someone please tell me, because i would really like peoples input as to whether or not the company can be trusted. Thanks)
  2. BosonMichael
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    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

    If it sounds too good to be true... it usually is too good to be true.
    Certifications: CISSP, MCSE+I, MCSE: Security, MCSE: Messaging, MCDST, MCDBA, MCTS, OCP, CCNP, CCDP, CCNA Security, CCNA Voice, CNE, SCSA, Security+, Linux+, Server+, Network+, A+
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  3. wagnerk
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    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

    Hi & welcome to CF :)

    I agree with BM.

    Certifications: CITP, PGDip, BSc, HNC, LCGI, PTLLS, MCT, MCITP, MCTS, MCSE, MCSA:M, MCSA, MCDST, MCP, MTA, MCAS, MOS (Master), A+, N+, S+, ACA, VCA, etc... & 2nd Degree Black Belt
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  4. Crito

    Crito Banned

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  5. Notes_Bloke

    Notes_Bloke Terabyte Poster

    Welcome to CF:D

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  6. greenbrucelee
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    greenbrucelee Zettabyte Poster

    Hi Welcome:)

    You can usually tell when someone is talking crap and if it is your first instinct then walk away:). Like BM said if it sounds too good to be true then most likely is.
    Certifications: A+, N+, MCDST, Security+, 70-270
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  7. dmarsh

    dmarsh Terabyte Poster

    If you are destined to be a programmer you should know it, it should not take some guy in a shiny suit to tell you...

    Personally if you've never thought of programming before he mentioned its profitable, I'd say its probably not for you, the course may work, it may not. I think most people do need help to learn to program so tuition is sensible, however I don't think TP's provide the best tuition in general. Becomming a proficient programmer and making a career out of it is a lifelong commitment, look at it like becomming a doctor or a lawyer, its not to be taken lightly, its not a 1 year course and you're done.

    Othwerwise, Welcome to certforums ! :D
  8. MrNerdy

    MrNerdy Megabyte Poster

    Who's the company?
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  9. Scoobysnack

    Scoobysnack New Member

    The company is .net training (UK) Ltd. Here is a link to the website :www.dotnettrainingonline.com

    It does seem to be too good to be true. Can someone tell me though, does £2300 seem to be around the right price for this? I have had a look around and it is surprising how many TPs don't display prices on their websites.

    What are you opinions of the company? Thanks.
  10. anadon

    anadon New Member


    I'm in a similar position to yourself with this training company, though the price appears to have dropped a bit to 2000 with a promise of pay 1000 now and the rest when you get a new job.

    Did you go ahead with this training as I'm not convinced by them? Unsurprisingly there are still the 2 last places left to fill.

    Checking the government website of uk registered companies, I find that they were formed in 2008 and so have only been going for just over 12 months (bit quick for their claim of being one of the leading providers of it training). In addition their "Microsoft Certified Trainer" link on their main page dosn't work, and checking the microsoft partner directory finds no mention of this company.

    The company claimed that their "technical team" had determined this was a problem with microsoft's partner pages and that microsoft have appologised for the problem.

    Strangely enough it dosn't matter which number you dial either. The main number or the direct dial number you are given, it's always the same guy that answers.

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