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    Course recommendations

    I haven't been on a single course (apart from portable appliance testing) since I've been here, so it's safe to say I've had nothing in the form of professional development.

    What I'd like are courses and qualifications that the school could fund in order to accomplish the above. I couldn't justify asking for certain courses as I'm not involved in managing the servers or switches, but I do pretty much everything else (basically the head technician in a department of one).

    Is ITIL worthwhile? How about anything similar that would be applicable to my position, preferably industry recognised? With the closure of our school on the horizon, I know I need extra 'stuff' to launch me into interview positions in the not too distant future.

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    Why do you not get to modify the switches and servers?

    I would ask for the following in your shoes...

    CCNA, MCSE, and Comptia Linux +

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    We have an SLA with the local authority. They have a dedicated team that manage all the school servers and infrastructure centrally. Sucks as I was doing exactly that in my previous role, but there we go.

    I could ask for those courses, but there's little hope of getting on them. Especially as there's no budget (that I know of) for courses...

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    Quote Originally Posted by fafster View Post
    ...What I'd like are courses and qualifications that the school could fund in order to accomplish the above. I couldn't justify asking for certain courses as I'm not involved in managing the servers or switches, but I do pretty much everything else (basically the head technician in a department of one)...
    Well I would rule out the likes of the MCSE, MCITP: Enterprise Admin/Server Admin, etc... If you're not managing the servers or switches, you're going to struggle with those exams (especially designing domains, forests, etc...). Added to that holding those higher level certs without the relevant experience can/may go against you.

    I would recommend looking at the following certs:

    1. Vendor neutral certs like the: A+, Network+, Security+ & Server+
    2. Vendor specific certs like the: MCDST, MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Support Technician (for Windows 7)
    3. IT Related certs like the: Project+, FITS, ITIL Foundation

    Quote Originally Posted by fafster View Post
    ...Is ITIL worthwhile? How about anything similar that would be applicable to my position, preferably industry recognised? With the closure of our school on the horizon, I know I need extra 'stuff' to launch me into interview positions in the not too distant future...
    See above As for if ITIL is worth it? Yes, any best practice methodology is a bonus, as you're in education FITS would be the logical choice, plus it does have it's foundation in ITIL.

    Other things that you may want to consider is the LCGI award from C&G's in IT and the ICTTech Professional Registration from the ECUK.

    -Ken

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    Quote Originally Posted by fafster View Post
    We have an SLA with the local authority. They have a dedicated team that manage all the school servers and infrastructure centrally. Sucks as I was doing exactly that in my previous role, but there we go.

    I could ask for those courses, but there's little hope of getting on them. Especially as there's no budget (that I know of) for courses...
    If you were doing those things, then yes, ignore what I said in my previous post and go for the likes of the MCSE/MCITP: EA/SA

    For alot of the qualifications, you do not need to go on a course. Get yourself the books/CBT's and use a test environment to "play" around with, then purchase some legit practice exams (eg preplogic, boson, transcender, etc) and sit the exam.

    -ken
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    Whereabouts are you based @fafster; ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wagnerk View Post
    transcender
    I read that as transgender on first glance! Made me double-check the subforum...

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    Quote Originally Posted by elsiegee40 View Post
    Whereabouts are you based @fafster; ?
    South Wales in Port Talbot.

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    What are your previous qualifications?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fafster View Post
    I read that as transgender on first glance! Made me double-check the subforum...
    You made me double check my spelling

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy-Virtusolve View Post
    Have a word with the guys over at NeosIT in Worcester, they provide really good discounts on education training - the IT admin at a school we worked at recently used them for ranger and MS training and said nothing but good things

    NEOS IT Training Ltd
    I agree, I've been on two courses with them and they are good

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    Quote Originally Posted by glennda View Post
    What are your previous qualifications?
    The usual: GCSEs, A levels and then university for four years. All told I've had over five years experience doing IT in schools.

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