General Chat Thread, School Funding an OU Degree in General; Originally Posted by fs171
I'm in the middle of a degree from Anglia Ruskin, that is all online with no ...
21st February 2014, 10:58 AM #16
Interesting to see the different course. Thanks @fs171
Originally Posted by fs171
21st February 2014, 11:01 AM #17
If I were you I'd seriously think about doing some industry based courses instead of the degree. Maybe Cisco, Vmware, Prince2 etc? You're already got 2 x MS qualifications, you're already an IT Manager, plenty of demonstrable experience. IMHO - You do not need a degree in the same way as someone who is starting out in the industry. Donít get me wrong it would be nice to have one, no down sides to it.
Iíd pick clear experience and industry certifications over a degree any day.
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21st February 2014, 11:20 AM #18
I have considered that.
Originally Posted by AButters
I am very fortunate with my job. The pay is good, government pension, good team and work for good management. It would have to be something special for me to leave. Unfortunately, the jobs that have tempted me have all required a degree.
Like you though, if I were employing I would take professional certs + experience over a degree any day.
21st February 2014, 12:10 PM #19
I would look at an open degree personally, not for the fact that you can pick and choose anything, but you can tailor it to suite you.
I am currently looking at the following for myself:
Managing in the workplace (B121) - 30 Points
Auftakt: Intermediate German (L130) - 30 Points
Microsoft Server Technologies (TM128) - 30 Points
Working and Learning: Developing effective performance at work (BU130)
Cisco CCNA (T216) - 60 points - transferring my qualification and refreshing the exam
Employment law and practice (W221) - 30 points
Management accounting (B292) - 30 Points
Managing 1: organisations and people (B628) - 30 Points
Managing 2: marketing and finance (B629) - 30 Points
Managing 3: the integration challenge (B690) - 30 Points
Variationen: advanced German (L313) - 60 Points
By the end of it I should have Batchelors with Honours.
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21st February 2014, 12:22 PM #20
Thanks for the comprehensive post nephilim.
21st February 2014, 12:25 PM #21
Mine is management oriented because many places I have applied have told me I have no management skills or qualifications, despite managing people and networks for nearly 10 years now.
I threw in the German because I am half german, speak it when at my mums house, watch german tv so figured I may as well get it properly done. And the IT stuff just to back up what I have already (thankfully CCNA can be transfered and a refresher exam taken). So yeah, pretty happy with my choices so far.
I would add, I am paying for this myself.
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21st February 2014, 12:49 PM #22
I've just had an email from the OU:
"I am sorry to say we cannot approve credit transfer in respect of Microsoft training courses, as they are not listed on our website as being assess or eligible."
Strange, as I thought they are assessed under TM128?
Those are some of the exams I have.
21st February 2014, 12:55 PM #23
You need the full amount or they dont count
21st February 2014, 12:59 PM #24
I do have the full amount as part of my Enterprise Administrator cert. The only exams in that module are 70-640 (AD) and 70-642 (Network Config)?
Originally Posted by nephilim
21st February 2014, 01:02 PM #25
Yes thanks for that post nephilim it's really interesting as I don't have a degree either and I dind't realise you could mix and match such varied skills into one!
Will look into something similar I think.
21st February 2014, 01:08 PM #26
No I mean the full amount covered in the module. They may have additional items in there not covered by your exams
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Gardinho (21st February 2014)
21st February 2014, 01:13 PM #27
That sounds plausible, but silly. What would happen if I chose that module? Surely I wouldn't be expected to sit those exams again...
21st February 2014, 01:20 PM #28
you would have to check with the module tutors.
21st February 2014, 01:22 PM #29
OK. Thanks for your advise.
Impressed you're going to fund it yourself. The fees are huge!
How are you going to juggle it with family time\social life etc? Most people I have spoken to have taken about 6 years to complete. That doesn't worry me though, I'd only be 35 by then so still would have 30+ years of work!
21st February 2014, 01:27 PM #30
I will be about 35 when mine is completed also, plus with current job I can afford to do a 2 modules per year and still have enough for family, holidays, social life etc.
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