Sunday, March 28, 2010

Careers Training For CompTIA A+

The CompTIA A+ training program covers four areas of training; you're seen as competent at A+ when you've passed the test for just two specialist areas. This is the reason that it's usual for colleges to only teach two specialised areas. In fact you're advised to have the teaching in all areas as many jobs will demand the skills and knowledge of each specialist area. Don't feel pressured to qualify in them all, however we'd advise that you take tutorials in all 4 subjects.

A+ computer training courses cover fault-finding and diagnostics - both remote access and hands-on, as well as learning to build, repair and fix and operating in antistatic conditions. Should you want to work towards looking after computer networks, you'll need to add Network+ to your A+ course. This qualification will enable you to apply for more interesting jobs. Alternatively, you may prefer the networking qualifications from Microsoft, i.e. MCP, MCSA MCSE.

So, why might we choose commercial qualifications and not traditional academic qualifications obtained from tech' colleges and universities? With fees and living expenses for university students spiralling out of control, along with the industry's increasing awareness that corporate based study often has more relevance in the commercial field, there's been a dramatic increase in Adobe, Microsoft, CISCO and CompTIA authorised training programmes that create knowledgeable employees for considerably less. In a nutshell, only that which is required is learned. It's slightly more broad than that, but the principle remains that students need to concentrate on the fundamentally important skill-sets (along with a certain amount of crucial background) - without overdoing the detail in everything else (as universities often do).

You have to be sure that all your certifications are commercially valid and current - don't even consider programs that only give in-house certificates. From a commercial standpoint, only the top companies like Microsoft, CompTIA, Adobe or Cisco (for instance) will open the right doors. Nothing else makes the grade. Can job security really exist anymore? Here in the UK, with industry changing its mind on a day-to-day basis, it seems increasingly unlikely. Whereas a marketplace with high growth, with a constant demand for staff (through a massive shortage of fully trained workers), creates the conditions for real job security.
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