In the modern world, support workers who are able to solve problems with networks and PC's, and give daily help to users, are indispensable in all sections of the workplace. The hunger for those members of the workforce is ever increasing, as everything becomes vastly more technologically advanced.
Finding your first job in the industry can feel more straightforward if you're supported with a Job Placement Assistance service. Often, there is more emphasis than is necessary on this service, as it's relatively easy for any motivated and trained individual to find work in this industry - because companies everywhere are seeking skilled employees.
CV and Interview advice and support might be provided (if it isn't, consult one of our sites). It's essential that you update that dusty old CV straight away - don't leave it till you pass the exams! A good number of junior support jobs have been offered to trainees who are still learning and have yet to take their exams. At the very least this will get you on your way. Actually, a specialist independent regional employment agency (who will get paid by the employer when they've placed you) is going to give you a better service than a division of a training company. In addition, they will no doubt be familiar with the local industry and employment needs.
Many trainees, it seems, are prepared to study their hearts out (sometimes for years), and just give up when it comes to finding their first job. Sell yourself. . . Make an effort to put yourself out there. Good jobs don't just knock on your door.
Incorporating exams upfront then including an exam guarantee is popular with a number of training colleges. But look at the facts:
We all know that we're still paying for it - it's obviously already been included in the gross price invoiced by the training provider. It's absolutely not free (it's just marketing companies think we'll fall for anything they say!) For those who want to pass first time, then you should pay for one exam at a time, prioritise it appropriately and be ready for the task.
Do the examinations somewhere close to home and find the best exam deal or offer available then. Considerable numbers of unscrupulous training course providers net big margins by charging for exam fees early then banking on the fact that many won't be taken. It's worth noting, with ‘Exam Guarantees’ from most places - the company decides when you can do your re-takes. You'll have to prove conclusively that you can pass before they'll pay for another exam.
Exams taken at VUE and Prometric centres are currently clocking in at an average of 112 pounds in Britain at the time of writing. Why pay exorbitant ‘Exam Guarantee’ fees (usually wrapped up in the course package price) - when good quality study materials, the proper support and consistent and systematic learning, coupled with quality exam simulation software is what will really see you through.
With so much choice, there's no surprise that nearly all trainees get stuck choosing the job they should even pursue. Consequently, if you don't have any know-how of the IT sector, what chance is there for you to know what some particular IT person does each day? How can you possibly choose which accreditation path is the most likely for a successful result. To come through this, a discussion is necessary, covering a variety of definitive areas:
* What hobbies you have and enjoy - these often reveal the areas you'll get the most enjoyment out of.
* Why you want to consider stepping into Information Technology - is it to achieve a life-long goal like firing your boss and working for yourself for example.
* Your earning needs that guide you?
* Many students don't properly consider the work demanded to achieve their goals.
* You have to appreciate the differences between the myriad of training options.
For most of us, considering each of these concepts tends to require the help of a professional that knows what they're talking about. Not only the qualifications - but the commercial needs and expectations also.
You should only consider retraining courses which will move onto industry accepted certifications. There are way too many trainers suggesting ‘in-house’ certificates which are worthless when it comes to finding a job. All the major commercial players such as Microsoft, CompTIA, Adobe or Cisco all have nationally approved proficiency programmes. These heavyweights will make sure you're employable.