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Choices, Choices-The IT Course Dilemma

Feb 11, 2008
The world of IT can be a rather daunting experience for those who are not very familiar with working on a computer. Those who are completely new to the IT world and are considering a change in career, or course into IT you may consider various options before dropping everything for something you know very little about. There are different branches within the field of IT and Computing such as Web Designing, or Programming. There are also different branches in IT courses, from simple MCSE online course, through to registering onto a degree course in Computing.

Which route you take is very much dependant on which career path you choose you want to work towards; obtaining a simple degree in Computing may not be enough to qualify you when you apply for a job in networking or hardware engineering. Some have found that though they felt the Computing degree had prepared them, they may need to take extra courses to qualify them within a specific field. For example, to get into systems networking, you may need to do an MCSE course. Often candidates find it hard to organise their time around studying for a course in a class, others find it easier to study from home such as studying an MCSE online course, MCSA distance learning or part-time MCAD training.

The first thing to do before making this decision is to decide which area you would like to qualify. If you were a person who is interesting in web developing, then perhaps it would be a good idea to research course modules and the course requirements. Some courses may require candidates to have a strong maths or science background, but this is not always the same for all curriculum bodies. It is also a good idea to look into work experience at an IT company to shadow a web developer; this gives you a great insight into the role and the work environment.

Next, you need to figure out how much you can dedicate yourself to the course. Are you able to enrol onto a full-time course at a college or university? Alternatively, would you prefer a distance-learning course? Some may think they have little time to meet at a classroom on a regular basis, therefore opt towards studying from home. Others consider working online such as MSCE online courses; these enable students to work towards a recognised qualification, flexible study timetable and provide the students with easy access to tutorials.

It would also be advisable to work out how much these courses are going to be. Some courses may be more expensive in some establishments that=n others, always look up forums and testimonials from past students. It would help also if you knew something about the governing body, such as what their course structure is like and what they expect from the students (are you getting your money's worth); however, some reputable establishments may be the most expensive of all courses. Online courses, including popular subjects such as MCSE online training courses, tend to be cheaper than fully registered college courses.

Finally, it would be worth taking out some time to have a go at learning more about IT systems and computers once you have made your choice in the course you want to study. What would be the point in deciding to enrol for an IT related course if you do not have much experience working with a computer system? It may help to study a basic course to get yourself familiar with what you are doing.

It helps also to find out which career paths are the most competitive and demanding role. Some roles such as IT repairman/support may not pay well to begin with, but may lead you to move into a different branch such as web designing. IT consulting is somewhat competitive and requires much more work experience and qualification, so be realistic.
About the Author
Anna Stenning is an expert on MCSE online training courses, and has considered following this route into IT in the past. For more on courses online visit http://www.e-careers.co.uk/online/mcse.htm
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