Network and PC support staff are constantly sought after in the UK, as organisations rely heavily upon their knowledge and ability to fix and repair. Because of the complex nature of technology, growing numbers of trained staff are being looked for to specialise in the many areas we've come to rely on.
The market provides a myriad of employment in computing. Deciding which one could be right for yourself can be very difficult. Since having no commercial skills in IT, how can most of us be expected to know what anyone doing a particular job actually does? To attack this, a discussion is necessary, covering a number of different aspects:
* What nature of person you are - what kind of jobs you enjoy, and on the other side of the coin - what don't you like doing.
* Do you hope to pull off a closely held aspiration - for example, becoming self-employed sometime soon?
* How important is salary to you - is an increase your main motivator, or is job satisfaction a lot higher on your list of priorities?
* With everything that Information Technology covers, it's a requirement that you can absorb what is different.
* You should also think long and hard about the level of commitment you're going to invest in gaining your certifications.
In these situations, your only option to investigate these matters tends to be through a good talk with an advisor or professional who understands IT (as well as the commercial needs and requirements.)
It can be a nerve-racking task, but getting your first IT job can be relieved by some training providers because they offer a Job Placement Assistance facility. With the huge need for more IT skills in Great Britain at the moment, it's not too important to make too much of this option though. It's not as difficult as you may be led to believe to get the right work as long as you're correctly trained and certified.
Update your CV at the beginning of your training though (advice can be sought on this via your provider). Don't wait till the exams have actually been passed. Having the possibility of an interview is more than not being known. Many junior support jobs are offered to trainees who are still at an early stage in their studies. In many cases, an independent and specialised local employment service (who will get paid by the employer when they've placed you) is going to give you a better service than a recruitment division from a training organisation. It also stands to reason that they'll know the local area and commercial needs.
A slight grievance for many training companies is how much people are focused on studying to get qualified, but how un-prepared they are to work on getting the position they have studied for. Don't falter at the last fence.
The right sort of training program will undoubtedly also offer Microsoft (or key company) simulation materials and exam preparation packages. Often students can be thrown off course by practising exam questions that aren't recognised by authorised sources. Quite often, the question formats and phraseology is startlingly different and it's vital that you know this. For many reasons, it is really important to be confident that you are completely prepared for your actual certification exam before embarking on it. Going over simulated exams adds to your knowledge bank and helps to avoid wasted exam attempts.
Be alert that all qualifications you're working towards will be commercially viable and are current. 'In-house' certificates are often meaningless. Unless your qualification is issued by a major player like Microsoft, CompTIA, Adobe or Cisco, then chances are it will be commercially useless - as it'll be an unknown commodity.