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What should someone look at in a course to get a job in todays tech world?

By poirier4 ·
I am looking at a course at Lambton College entitled: Integrated Technology Professional. To me it seems like a very elaborate course, however, I would like the opinion of people who know what it takes in today's technology field. If such a course would be sufficient to get a job or is it just a bunch of nice extra's.
Here is the URL to the courses page.
http://www.lambton.on.ca/Programs/program_html?LASTRECORDID=1876&PROGCODE=ITPP&RECORDID=1876

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Ahem. Your post is riddled with errors ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to What should someone look ...

So whichever college course you eventually enroll with, you're going to have to improve your spelling and grammatical skills.

"I am looking at a course at Lambton College in-titled: Integrated Technologies Professional."

The word is ENTITLED (and it's not hyphenated, even when correctly spelled) and the course title is Integrated Technology Professional.

"To me it seems like a very elaberate course"

The word is ELABORATE.

"If such a course would be sufficent to get a job or is it just a bunch of nice extra's."

SUFFICIENT.
EXTRAS is a perfectly adequate word without the need for an apostrophe, which indicates 'possession' or 'ownership' but has nothing in common with 'multiplicity'.

I don't usually take Posters to task on speeeling anymore, but if you are going to Post here with a rather obvious predetermined attitude that a College Course might be beneath you, you deserve to be brought back to heel.

Had you sent the content of this Post directly to the College for them to answer your 'thoughts', I can guarantee your letter would have gone straight into the bin-shaped filing cabinet at the side of the nearest desk.

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you sir , are correct, but if i may.

by poirier4 In reply to Ahem. Your post is riddle ...

I would like to point out that this was not in fact sent to the college but rather posted on the internet where it is not uncommon to use abbreviated and misspelled terms. I do agree, that if it was being sent to the college then i would have taken more time to wright it. Please understand though, that I was not sitting in a nice quiet environment where one would be able to concentrate with ease, nor did I have time to read over the post prior to submitting.
I hope that addresses the grammatical and spelling errors, however you claim that this post indicates a predetermined attitude. I would like to inquire as to what that is, and also would like to point out that any predetermined attitude that may come across, however clear it may be to you, is unintentional. I really am unsure about this course and rather than focusing on my spelling and grammar used in the initial post would much rather get an opinion on the course from somebody actively working in the field.
Oh and since you took the time to kindly proof read my initial post, I shall go back and correct the errors that you listed.

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Well, in that case ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to you sir , are correct, bu ...

Since the entry qualifications for this esteemed course are (as I recall) either a Diploma/Degree or 3 years of equivalent work history, perhaps you could elucidate to us what your entry qualifications actually are?

That way, we might be better informed to judge whether any course such as this would be of any benefit to you.

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The Or qualification

by poirier4 In reply to Well, in that case ...

I contacted the college earlier today to make sure this was a valid option for me, but the "Diploma/Degree or 3 years of equivalent work history" is set up as a sort of maturity indicator. I would be able to enroll by passing a simple test of English and mathematical skills as a mature student. I have looked over a sample test and that option seems like a very possible option. However it is actually those requirements that lead me to ask the initial question in the first place. Is this enough to get a job (educationally speaking) or if I desired to seek employment in the technology field would i be better to look into other courses and then come back to get this one later to boost it.

Also, for those who don't quite feel like looking over the website themselves, this sums up what I can recieve from the course.
"In addition to the ITP Certificate, other globally-recognized certifications obtained through ITP include:
o Microsoft certification (MCSA/MCSE)
o CompTIA's IT Project+ certification
o Lambton College certificate
o Optional certifications in CompTIA's A+, CompTIA's Security+, Cisco Systems' Cisco Certified
Network Associate (CCNA), Certified Wireless Network Administrator (CWNA)" quoted from a letter of endorsement by the president of the shrc

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The question here really is ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to The Or qualification

What do you expect to achieve from this course?

I do not wish to pry but gaining entry as a mature student, infers that up to this point you have followed a different career path for a number (small or large is immaterial) of years and therefore have the mindset of someone NOT at the bottom of the ladder.

If your background up to the point of enrollment, has had nothing to do with IT, then this course will send you out into the world equipped with certificates that will get you into the IT side of things AT THE BOTTOM, not quite firmly-footed on the first rung. If any of your peers during your year of study, entered the course with an IT degree/diploma then they will also egress into the job market alongside you and you will find yourself competing with these younger/better qualified graduates.

So, I ask you again, what do YOU think you will gain and what is your goal? Don't misunderstand me - I am NOT judging you, nor am I attempting to sway you - I simply want to know what you think this course will do for you.

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Clarification

by poirier4 In reply to The question here really ...

I would like to start by thanking you because you clearly have taken an interest into this question. Appreciated. I am looking at gaining entry to this course as a mature student because my career life has not been around long enough to enter it any other way. I am actually 2 years out of high school, and have been working part-time as a cashier at a local store largely because i wasn't sure what i wanted to do. So I am about as young as they come, and all I am looking to do is get in. Even if I get in at the bottom I have my whole life to work my way up. Would this course then be enough to get me in at the bottom, or should I still be looking for something more?

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From telephoto straight to fisheye ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Clarification

I'm not familiar with the education system in your neck of the planet but I have no reason to doubt it is anything other than the same as the UK. The only area I am totally lost is in terms of student funding, which varies widely around the globe.

However, with only a couple of years out of high school you're fine to do with your further education whatever you want to, no holds barred.

Personally, I can identify with you and I'll get ribbed about this as soon as any TR Peers read this. I poo-pooed the entire educational establishment when I finished secondary school and opted to NOT take the college/university route into life, 'landing' myself a job working in a Bank. Thinking I was set up for life, guaranteed employment, cheap mortgage - I was 'made'. UNTIL I realised what a bunch of deadbeats work in the Banking Sector, zero drive, very little enthusiasm for life outside of counting banknotes and trapped ~one and all~ due to having overspent on their property to take advantage of the drastically reduced interest rate for their mortgages, which would shoot back up if they ever left the Bank behind as an employer.

I stuck it for almost a year but was approaching a mindset that was almost socially suicidal - I was changing into these deadbeats that I worked with, I HAD TO get out. Now, here's the point of this driveling preamble ...

When I made my break for freedom and left the Bank, I found that because the Academic Year had also turned full circle, my Highers and A-Levels (UK school grades) were no longer sufficient to gain entry to what I'd thought about doing. So the Bank had priced me out of the market. Further Education (as opposed to Higher Education) was my way out.

I did a full academic year at a College, doing SCHOOL work to get more and better grades in the subjects that I'd been sitting as exams the previous year. I also found that, as a mature student doing school subjects - the Lecturers at the College were totally different to what the Teachers at my school had been, their approach to 'teaching' us was a revelation to me and the exam results proved it. I then went straight from the Further Education straight into Higher Education at a College for three years (which is probably what I should've done 2 years earlier).

So, given that I don't know THAT much about the education system where you are, you might want to give some thought to other options - you might even be able to do what I did. You don't always have to run before you can walk. Even if it's your second chance at it!

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After you've edited out all your initial errors ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to you sir , are correct, bu ...

You might as well continue the trend, and edit out all THESE errors too:

"I would like to point out that this was not intact [in fact] sent to the college but rather posted on the internet where it is not uncommon to use abbreviated am [and]misspelled terms. I do agree, that if it was being sent to the college then i would have taken more time to wright [write] it. Please understand though, that I was not sitting in a nice quite [quiet] environment where one would be able to concentrate with ease, nor did I have time to read over the post prior to submitting.
I hope that addresses the grammatical and spelling errors, however you claim that this post indicates a predetermined attitude. I would like to inquire as to what that is, and also would like to point out that any predetermined attitude that may come across, however clear it may be to you, is unintentional. I really am unsure about this course and rather than focusing on my spelling and grammar used in the initial post would much rather get an opinion on the course from somebody actively working in the field.
Oh and since you took the time to kindly proof read my initial post, i
shall go back and correct the errors that you listed."

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please ignore this

by poirier4 In reply to After you've edited out a ...

accidental submission. please ignore. content was edited out.

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>.>

by poirier4 In reply to After you've edited out a ...

If I ever get a job where I need a proofreader you are definitely hired.

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