Road To MCSE: Is Online Training For You? Page 3

Thomas Shinder

Is Online Training For You?

Are you a good candidate for online training? Perhaps the best way to approach this question is to assess who are not good candidates.

If you don't have a lot of industry experience, online training may not be the best choice. If you lack a year or more of hands-on installation, configuration and troubleshooting experience, then the online training approach will not provide you with the core skills you need to develop. If you don't have this prerequisite experience, you should begin with traditional classroom training that provides you with plenty of time for hands-on, real-life, things don't work like they say in the book, experience.

However, if you have logged in a lot of time in the industry, and you are already working in the computer field, then the "just in time" aspect of online training may be your ticket. Since you are already savvy to the ways of the computer world, you know that the training will provide you with the "how things are supposed to work" perspective. Your experience will allow you to take the core knowledge obtained from online training and apply it to the real world. And you can do it on your own time.

A home network, or a test network at your place of employment, is something I recommend to everyone taking online training. Regardless of how nicely the simulations might work in your online training class, you still need to get the down and dirty experience of how things actually work. If you couple your online training experiences with a live network, you'll be in good shape for learning the material and making the most of your training dollar.

For More Information

If you are looking for high-quality online training centers, I would suggest, first and foremost Digital Think (www.digitalthink.com). This company offers a excellent mix of hands-on simulations, skills-based interactivities, tutors and skills assessment. The creators of the Windows 2000 courses are top-notch and drawn from an illustrious list of best-selling authors.

There are a lot of online training outfits out there promising to provide you the skills required to do the job and/or pass the exam. Your best bet is to talk to others that have taken a course with the company, and also ask for a sample course. In this way you'll be able to assess for yourself whether or not the methods used are right for you. But be careful, there are a lot of shoddy outfits out there that just want your buck!

This article was originally published on Nov 12, 2000
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