Choosing training?

PryanjamesPryanjames Junior MemberRegistered Users Posts: 5 ■□□□□□□□□□
Ok, so I've been out of work for a while. I'm loosing my mind I need something to get me jump started again. I have an A+, N+, Security+, MCP and MCTS. I've mostly done Windows Administration with some Exchange. Eight years experience.

If you had 2k to 5K to spend on training and you been out of work for more than 10 months, what would you choose?

I need something to not only jump start my brain and skills, but also something that I could perhaps market? Any input would be great!

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  • ipconfig.allipconfig.all Senior Member Banned Posts: 428
    Get your MCSA and MCSE. I think those qualifications would be ideal for you since you have the experience, and it will be relatively easy for you since you have 8 years of sys admin experience.
  • texasittexasit Senior Member Member Posts: 147
    Pryanjames wrote: »
    Ok, so I've been out of work for a while. I'm loosing my mind I need something to get me jump started again. I have an A+, N+, Security+, MCP and MCTS. I've mostly done Windows Administration with some Exchange. Eight years experience.

    If you had 2k to 5K to spend on training and you been out of work for more than 10 months, what would you choose?

    I need something to not only jump start my brain and skills, but also something that I could perhaps market? Any input would be great!

    If I was in your situation I would get my MCITP Enterprise administrator certification.If I had 2000 to 5000 to spend total I would buy the whole mspress MCITP Enterprise administrator kit and I would also invest in the cbt nuggets training series for the MCITP Enterprise administrator.All that plus the cost of tests would cost about $2,000.
  • ipconfig.allipconfig.all Senior Member Banned Posts: 428
    Not much employers know what MCITP EA OR SA means.
  • PlantwizPlantwiz Alligator wrestler Mod Posts: 5,057 Mod
    Pryanjames wrote: »
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    If you had 2k to 5K to spend on training and you been out of work for more than 10 months, what would you choose?
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    I need something to not only jump start my brain and skills, but also something that I could perhaps market? Any input would be great!

    5K is quite a bit of money to start a business, why don't you take your skills and create your own consulting business? You shouldn't need 5K for this, so put aside $2K and buy a few books and add to your knowledge bank.

    Otherwise, depending on your State (or Country, but guessing US) check out your local CC. Some States off classes at GREAT prices. You may not achieve an entire 2year degree....but possibly get close...work on the side, and up the degree.
    Plantwiz
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  • SephStormSephStorm Sith Lord Member Posts: 1,731 ■■■■■■■□□□
    It was suggested in another thread to go MCSA-MCITP:SA/EA. That might work. Personally If I am looking at windows training, I would look at edulearn's training bundles. EDULEARN: MCSE Training | A+ Certification | Microsoft Office Training | AutoCAD | MCTS | MCITP | Online Computer Training Software

    @Plantwhiz, what kind of consulting could he offer?
  • ajs1976ajs1976 Senior Member Member Posts: 1,945 ■■■■□□□□□□
    Pryanjames,

    What MS exams have you completed? What versions of Windows and Exchange do you have experience with?
    Andy

    2020 Goals: 0 of 2 courses complete, 0 of 2 exams complete
  • earweedearweed Still a noob Member Posts: 5,192 ■■■■■■■■■□
    Welcome to the forums!
    You might want to start by editing your details so that people know what certs you have and can properly address your question. With that much to invest in training you could get a lot done. Check out your local JUCO and see about taking some classes toward a degree.
    You might also see about going the MCSA route (less tests) and either go MCSA>MCSE>MCITP:EA or even just MCSA>MCITP:EA.
    No longer work in IT. Play around with stuff sometimes still and fix stuff for friends and relatives.
  • lunchbox67lunchbox67 Senior Member Member Posts: 132 ■■■■□□□□□□
    SephStorm wrote: »
    It was suggested in another thread to go MCSA-MCITP:SA/EA. That might work. Personally If I am looking at windows training, I would look at edulearn's training bundles. EDULEARN: MCSE Training | A+ Certification | Microsoft Office Training | AutoCAD | MCTS | MCITP | Online Computer Training Software

    @Plantwhiz, what kind of consulting could he offer?

    I just found edulearn.com today ... has anyone here used their training? Any feedback?
  • techdudeheretechdudehere Senior Member Member Posts: 164
    Task #1: Get back to work!
    Task #2: Figure out if you want to be a generalist or specialist. Basic consultant these days knows Windows OSes, some Linux, basic networking, and hyperv and maybe little VMW. To be above the lowest rung, you'll need to do better than that.
    Task #3: Do you want to work for yourself or someone else? If self employment is desired, now would seem to be the time. Forget the certifications and go straight to the business and marketing plan. You can get a lot of low cost assistance with this through University, community college, and government. Lots of services will send you jobs that can keep you busy while you build your client list.
    Task#4: If self employed, figure out what skills your lacking and develop them. What don't you know how to do? What areas are you weak in? Will you be a general (basic) consultant or a specialist called in for specific tasks? If not self employed, look up 25 help wanted ads for the job you want. What are nearly all of them requiring? Call them and find out what they're not willing to budge on then get that.

    I'm excited for you as I think you could be onto something big in the next few months. All I can say is aim high and at worst you'll probably land somewhere in the middle.
  • ValsacarValsacar Senior Member Member Posts: 336
    Necro much?
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    Current Course: NONE

    Completed: COV2, LKT2, LOT2, FNV2, VUT2, JFT2, TFT2, JIT2, FYT2, FMV2, FXT2, FYV2, LQT2
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