IT training for ressetlement

I decided to use one of my ELC for IT training, I wanted part time study from home so thought that would be best.
After some research decided to go with a set of Comptia qualifications provided by Southstep but later turned out to be Robustit.
Just a word of warning for anybody thinking about it:
The material provided is below par. It's a set of videos which loosely cover the Objectives. Followed by a multiple choice test for each module. Some of the questions/answers are wrong or don't make sense. And are littered with typos.
So far I've completed about 140 quid worth of exams in 6 months (paid over 2 grand, 400 of my own money) and also have had to find other training materials as the ones provided just don't cut it.
Granted I'm studying at a slow pace so not maximising the value for money.
Personally if I could do it again I would avoid this company.
 

Oxygen_Thief

On ROPS
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I decided to use one of my ELC for IT training, I wanted part time study from home so thought that would be best.
After some research decided to go with a set of Comptia qualifications provided by Southstep but later turned out to be Robustit.
Just a word of warning for anybody thinking about it:
The material provided is below par. It's a set of videos which loosely cover the Objectives. Followed by a multiple choice test for each module. Some of the questions/answers are wrong or don't make sense. And are littered with typos.
So far I've completed about 140 quid worth of exams in 6 months (paid over 2 grand, 400 of my own money) and also have had to find other training materials as the ones provided just don't cut it.
Granted I'm studying at a slow pace so not maximising the value for money.
Personally if I could do it again I would avoid this company.
CompTIA quals are not worth 2 grand.

if you want a career in IT you’d be better off asking ‘what quals are required for entry level IT jobs’ in whatever field you’re interested in. IT is a massive subject area.

Loads of people on here could help you out.

Alternatively, do a search for job adverts in the area you want to go into, and see what common quals they want in candidates.

Sorry to be harsh, but there’s no point sugarcoating it.
 
If you have no/little practical IT experience Comptia A+ and net + would be a great place to start. I got into certification late so never did them but for a broad brush of skills you can't go wrong. That said paying 2K for a video course is a rip off! Get yourself in a classroom environment where you can ask if you get stuck and get the practical as well as the theory. CBT nuggets are a great online provider but quite expensive, I get free access through ITW at Blandford but I think that's just for signals (I'm assuming your not signals or you should have been told about this).

Once you get the basics you need to choose an area to get good at, I'm a network guy so I went down the Cisco route. This is not something I or anyone else can advise you on, you really need to find out what you enjoy then just go for the certification that is associated with that field. I would also avoid degree programs in IT as they really offer little value for money in comparison to a certification but that's a whole other subject.

Good luck

CB
 
I would also avoid degree programs in IT as they really offer little value for money in comparison to a certification but that's a whole other subject.

Good luck

CB
Degrees can be useful but really only if you go for one with a placement year, a years experience is worth more than the degree really. The degree is only useful for getting you to an interview really, unless you're going to work in the public sector when they often do matter

I retrained and got a degree in Software Engineering, some of it was downright pointless unless I ended up with the likes of NASA doing formal methods like Z, some of the materials were out of date when I was doing my degree, and it was only really saved by the odd lecturer going along this is the theory you need to know but in the real world throw that away and do this kind of teaching, which in the case of databases has stood me in good stead

Would I have done it in hindsight, no if I could have got the work experience another route, but what I did on my placement year helped immensely and I'm still doing it now, albeit working from home out in the stick rather than chasing London money
 
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Just buy the books off amazon or borrow them from your local library. Make sure you are getting the ones which are current or you'll be studying old materials.

These guys seems to be offering video materials for free: e.g Free CompTIA A+ Training, Online Beginner IT Course | Cybrary (NB I Have no idea of the quality and make no warranties, YMMV, etc)
 

Bilmen

Crow
I decided to use one of my ELC for IT training, I wanted part time study from home so thought that would be best.
After some research decided to go with a set of Comptia qualifications provided by Southstep but later turned out to be Robustit.
Just a word of warning for anybody thinking about it:
The material provided is below par. It's a set of videos which loosely cover the Objectives. Followed by a multiple choice test for each module. Some of the questions/answers are wrong or don't make sense. And are littered with typos.
So far I've completed about 140 quid worth of exams in 6 months (paid over 2 grand, 400 of my own money) and also have had to find other training materials as the ones provided just don't cut it.
Granted I'm studying at a slow pace so not maximising the value for money.
Personally if I could do it again I would avoid this company.


Hi John

I work for southstep just seen this few small point I like to help you.

Robust it is a customer of southstep and they do resell our classrooms. We have also been trading a lot longer than they have.

Anyway, we do offer webinar and drop in days for all our students 1and1 as many as is needed.

If you find it hard or do not like anything we send you, we do have different versions of the courses and we happy to give you at no extra charge.

If you like more insight in any area, again please just ask I am happy to help.

You should also be getting monthly call and txt to make sure you getting with course ok.

How we work is this if you tell us what you need to help you get though the training we do out best to do it and will not charge extra.

The mock exams are from CompTIA I will feed this back to them

Is there also anything we can do to speed up your learning we be happy to help.

Ask for me my name Darren Bilmen I will make sure you are look after and get you back on track asap

Sorry for any spelling errors it late and I am home in my phone doing this. I just do not like any to feel alone we are here to help I work 9am to 6pm mon to Friday but if you my person mobile please just call and ask happy to help.
 
Am I the only person who thinks Darren is really called Govinder.

OP - ask @AlienFTM

He might come across as an idiot. He might sound like an idiot.

But don’t let that fool you.

He really is an idiot.
 

Bilmen

Crow
Am I the only person who thinks Darren is really called Govinder.

OP - ask @AlienFTM

He might come across as an idiot. He might sound like an idiot.

But don’t let that fool you.

He really is an idiot.
No my names is Darren Andrew Bilmen I live in Harlow Essex if you like come and meet at our office or even google me on fb or something.
 
No my names is Darren Andrew Bilmen I live in Harlow Essex if you like come and meet at our office or even google me on fb or something.
Just a suggestion, you should probably private message Tedesson with your details. Maybe delete this post and keep your details on a need to know basis?
 

AlienFTM

MIA
Book Reviewer
Play the long game.
  1. Transfer out of cavalry to RAPC. Oh you cant. RAPC have been amalgamated away.
  2. On entry, fail ADP Aptitude test. (Just, my mark was best on the course.)
  3. On Class 1 Upgrade Course, retake ADP Aptitude test. Ask them not to tell you the result.
  4. When you're due a posting and they ask for your preferences, tell them that because you assume you failed your ADP Aptitude because they never told you you'd passed, you'd like to do ICMA, CMA, Financial Attaché at an embassy. Anything but ADP.
  5. Act surprised (because you are) when they post you to the Computer Centre via the Professional Training Wing. Become a computer professional working on IBM mainframes. Oh you can't. They ditched IBM mainframes not long after I left, and the brand new state of the art Computer Centre (I was Quarter Guard to not the Adjutant General when he opened it. I remember. Master of Ordnance) apparently is now used to train sloppies.
  6. When you realise that service housing in the UK is sh¡t, hand in your notice, flounce and during your one-year notice (at the end of your four-year time bar), accept a job writing insurance software on IBM mainframes.
  7. Go civvy, be relieved when, weeks later the Wall comes down, the world changes, the Army gets culled.
Worked for me. Hope this helps
 

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