+ Post New Thread
Page 2 of 3 FirstFirst 123 LastLast
Results 16 to 30 of 34
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 ...
  1. #16

    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Posts
    315
    Thank Post
    150
    Thanked 26 Times in 23 Posts
    Rep Power
    22
    Quote Originally Posted by fs171 View Post
    I'm in the middle of a degree from Anglia Ruskin, that is all online with no day release. It is more about developing as a person, with regard to the work setting you are in so can be molded to most situations. In my cohort there is a peripatetic music teacher, a HLTA, a business analyst and me (IT Tech) we are all using the elements of technology around us to work through the 3 year course. I would say that i am funding myself, and finding my own time, although there seems to be enough as its set up for slightly older people than me, 22, who have family or other similar commitments. Hope that helps.

    The Course
    Interesting to see the different course. Thanks @fs171

  2. #17
    AButters's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    Wales
    Posts
    465
    Thank Post
    140
    Thanked 107 Times in 82 Posts
    Rep Power
    41
    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.

  3. Thanks to AButters from:

    Gardinho (21st February 2014)

  4. #18

    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Posts
    315
    Thank Post
    150
    Thanked 26 Times in 23 Posts
    Rep Power
    22
    Quote Originally Posted by AButters View Post
    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. Don’t get me wrong it would be nice to have one, no down sides to it.

    I’d pick clear experience and industry certifications over a degree any day.
    I have considered that.

    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.

  5. #19

    nephilim's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Dunstable
    Posts
    11,827
    Thank Post
    1,624
    Thanked 1,880 Times in 1,397 Posts
    Blog Entries
    2
    Rep Power
    426
    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:

    Level 1

    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)

    Level 2

    Cisco CCNA (T216) - 60 points - transferring my qualification and refreshing the exam
    Employment law and practice (W221) - 30 points
    Management accounting (B292) - 30 Points

    Level 3

    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.

  6. 2 Thanks to nephilim:

    AButters (21st February 2014), Gardinho (21st February 2014)

  7. #20

    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Posts
    315
    Thank Post
    150
    Thanked 26 Times in 23 Posts
    Rep Power
    22
    Thanks for the comprehensive post nephilim.

  8. #21

    nephilim's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Dunstable
    Posts
    11,827
    Thank Post
    1,624
    Thanked 1,880 Times in 1,397 Posts
    Blog Entries
    2
    Rep Power
    426
    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.
    Last edited by nephilim; 21st February 2014 at 12:28 PM.

  9. #22

    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Posts
    315
    Thank Post
    150
    Thanked 26 Times in 23 Posts
    Rep Power
    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.

  10. #23

    nephilim's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Dunstable
    Posts
    11,827
    Thank Post
    1,624
    Thanked 1,880 Times in 1,397 Posts
    Blog Entries
    2
    Rep Power
    426
    You need the full amount or they dont count

  11. #24

    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Posts
    315
    Thank Post
    150
    Thanked 26 Times in 23 Posts
    Rep Power
    22
    Quote Originally Posted by nephilim View Post
    You need the full amount or they dont count
    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)?

  12. #25
    AButters's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    Wales
    Posts
    465
    Thank Post
    140
    Thanked 107 Times in 82 Posts
    Rep Power
    41
    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.

  13. #26

    nephilim's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Dunstable
    Posts
    11,827
    Thank Post
    1,624
    Thanked 1,880 Times in 1,397 Posts
    Blog Entries
    2
    Rep Power
    426
    No I mean the full amount covered in the module. They may have additional items in there not covered by your exams

  14. Thanks to nephilim from:

    Gardinho (21st February 2014)

  15. #27

    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Posts
    315
    Thank Post
    150
    Thanked 26 Times in 23 Posts
    Rep Power
    22
    That sounds plausible, but silly. What would happen if I chose that module? Surely I wouldn't be expected to sit those exams again...

  16. #28

    nephilim's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Dunstable
    Posts
    11,827
    Thank Post
    1,624
    Thanked 1,880 Times in 1,397 Posts
    Blog Entries
    2
    Rep Power
    426
    you would have to check with the module tutors.

  17. #29

    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Posts
    315
    Thank Post
    150
    Thanked 26 Times in 23 Posts
    Rep Power
    22
    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!

  18. #30

    nephilim's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Dunstable
    Posts
    11,827
    Thank Post
    1,624
    Thanked 1,880 Times in 1,397 Posts
    Blog Entries
    2
    Rep Power
    426
    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.

SHARE:
+ Post New Thread
Page 2 of 3 FirstFirst 123 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Win the chance to study for an OU degree free
    By beeswax in forum General Chat
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 4th February 2012, 04:14 PM
  2. Can you have an OU in an OU?
    By TechSupp in forum Windows
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 16th April 2008, 11:33 AM
  3. Issues with new user accounts in an OU
    By Scruff in forum Windows
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 7th September 2007, 10:12 AM
  4. Set all Users in an OU to receive a dedicated password.
    By tosca925 in forum How do you do....it?
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 4th June 2007, 09:58 AM
  5. Disable network logon for a Security Group or an OU
    By mrforgetful in forum Wireless Networks
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 28th June 2006, 04:13 PM

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •