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Instructor-Led of Self-Study

By fire_mesh ·
Instructor-led or self-study?

Hi all, I have decided to obtain the Windows 2000 MCSE certification. I need some advice on whether to invest some money (quite a bit of money)for an instructor-led course or do it by self-study. I have already obtained my A+ and MCP in Win 98.

I get mixed opinions from different people, some say i am better off doing it myself, but then instructor-led course would probably save me some time, and have someone who know the subjects, to guide me when required.

But then there one thing that I'm a bit concern about, is that if all the networks the instructor have ever administered are those computers in the training centre, would that be enough? OR can I trust Microsoft own evaluation - meaning the training centre must have met certain standard to become or stay as a MCTEC.

BTW, I am over 30's and am working in a call centre as a 1st line tech support technician giving advice and troubleshooting all PC's related problems, for customer who purchased PCs from the retail side of this big company.( a company that does not treat its staff with respect and support, and pay crap wages).
I have been here for 2 yrs and have reach the top of the ladder in term of responsibility/position/salary. I am very interested in networking, and am planning to do Network+, then proceed to MCSE 2000. I know age may count against me as I'm over 30's, thus keen to get some experience and certification to get me a foot in the door to start my networking career,
So, instructor-led or self study? all advice welcome. Thanks

Ps: Sorry if you have seen this posting on another board cos' i mistakenly post to the network admin board. Sorry.

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by jules In reply to Instructor-Led of Self-St ...

I personally think you should only go for a instructor-led course if you do not have much expereince in networking, as you might need the guidance.
And I agree with you that if the instructor has not have much experience than it might not be a goodidea,as he /she might not be able to give you any true hands-on tips & tricks.
Still, it depends what you want out of it -
the certificates or knowledge. If you are in a hurry, you can go for the course,do the exams, then make sure you practice. Be creative and imaginative - creates different type of likely scenario on your home network and practice some more - that at least will give you some expereince that might impress your potential employer.
It's up to you!! Good Luck!!

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