Distance learning - suggestions?
It's been something I've been pondering in the past, and it's just come up again. Distance learning, and qualifications. First, some history.
I'm 34, I've been working with computers since I started at 17, both freelance and contracted within education. Primary and secondary, some infant school work. Everything from maintenance, to repair, to upgrades, software, deployment..and an enjoyable stint as a resource tech, repairing electronics and electricals.
"Official" qualifications come down to a BTEC Nat in comp. Studies (at 17), and I did the A+ several years ago, but never actually sat the final exam..or actually, I may have...I certainly recall sitting an exam on a PC, in a crowded room...but never had anything come of it on paper..heyho.
Now, my job as it stands is very wide-ranging..repair, maintenance, user support, deployment, IP phone management, and so on..and I feel it may be a good plan to "nail down" things a little in a more official way. And refresh that which I haven't used in a long time.
However, I'm primary child transport, I have one toddler of 2 and a new arrival scheduled to arrive in 11 weeks, which limits my options (but family first, as always, no contest).
Given that I already work a full week in addition to transport duties, distance learning appeals more - I can fit it in around the family easily. There is a Pearson-Vue/Prometric centre at Telford College that I can easily get to (3 minutes from the in-laws), so I could easily sit an evening exam there, with minimal inconvenience to the missus/childcare.
What suggestions can anyone chuck in the ring? Hardware is..well..much of a muchness nowadays, yes? So possibly software..or customer support..argh, I have no idea if I'm honest, heh. Cost will be another factor - Missus will be on Mat.Leave, so money will be restricted (on purpose, not through need necessarily).
Any suggestions or guidance much appreciated..:)