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Marie Badger, IT Staffing Pro, Weighs In On MyComputerCareer

Posted by Ralph Giovenco on Fri, May 11, 2012

We post a lot of videos and testimonials from students that, with training and help from MyComputerCareer, found a better life through an IT career. Here's a great video from the other side -- someone that hires our students. Marie Badger, from Modis IT Staffing Agency, talks about her impressions of MyComputerCareer, and our students, after over two years of working with the school to fill IT jobs.

Marie attended a recent Career Fair we held on campus for our students in Raleigh. We managed to catch up with her between interviews. Would you like to get out of your current situation, work with us to get the skills and confidence to interview with an IT staffing manager like Marie? We can get you there. Take our FREE Career Evaluation and see if this is something for you. It's the first step to a better life.

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Corporate HQ: 5511 Capital Center Drive, Suite 204, Raleigh, NC 27606 PH: 866.606.6922

Tags: IT jobs, Computer Careers, Success Stories

Bridge The Skills Gap With Our IT Training

Posted by Ralph Giovenco on Mon, Apr 30, 2012

There is a Skills Gap throughout the United States. Employers have plenty of job openings they can't fill and there are plenty of people unemployed, underemployed, or unsatisfied with the job they have. What's the problem?

Workforce experts call it a job-skills mismatch, according to azcentral.com: The people who want work don't always have the skills that employers are looking for. The issue is cropping up in industries from manufacturing and health care to technology and business services.

MyComputerCareer can help you bridge the Skills Gap by providing training that leads to in-demand IT Certifications from Microsoft, Cisco, and CompTIA. We know which IT Certifications are most important, because we are working with IT Hiring Managers every day. They tell us - then hire our students. Do you want a stable high-paying IT Job? Take our FREE Career Evaluation and see if this is something for you. It's the first step to a better life.

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Corporate HQ: 5511 Capital Center Drive, Suite 204, Raleigh, NC 27606 PH: 866.606.6922

Tags: Certifications, IT Training, Computer Careers, IT Industry News

Getting An IT Job Is A Numbers Game

Posted by Ralph Giovenco on Mon, Apr 30, 2012

If you've worked in sales, you've probably been told "it's a numbers game" - meaning the successful salespeople are successfull because they're the ones making tons of calls and meeting tons of prospects. The greatest salesperson in the World won't have a lick of success if they don't pick up the phone. It's like that here at MyComputerCareer Career Services.

Raleigh CSDWe're not content to just feed resumes to the hiring managers we know and have had success with. That wouldn't be fair to our students. Very recently, we made a lot of progress adding several companies to our career fair. Overall, about a dozen companies, about half new, will have hiring managers out to meet (and hire!) our students.

What this means to our students is very simple; MORE OPPORTUNITY! Monday we had a recent graduate start with a HUGE company here in the Research Triangle Park. He came to us with a very limited techincal background. A few weeks back, a recruiter for this company contacted me seeking a technical trainer. I passed along his resume and he was hired, for a permanent position, at $44K - DOUBLE what he was making previously. Positions like this are rarely advertised on job sites. It's our relationships, built on hard work and the value of our students, that get these jobs. We would love to find a new IT job for you.

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Corporate HQ: 5511 Capital Center Drive, Suite 204, Raleigh, NC 27606 PH: 866.606.6922

Tags: IT jobs, Career Services Updates, Computer Careers, Success Stories

When It Comes To Getting An IT Job, The Quick Eat The Slow

Posted by Claude Green on Mon, Apr 30, 2012

A few weeks ago when I arrived at the MyComputerCareer campus, there was already a manager from the software company upstairs waiting for me. He said he was in a panic and needed help!

It turns out he had been recently put in charge of staffing a project and needed resumes FAST! We discussed his requirements and I suggested he give me 30 minutes to put together some candidates and to come back so we could review the resumes. 

Houston CSDHe was back 30 minutes later for the resumes. About an hour after that, I saw one of our students in a suit and tie on the way upstairs to interview! WHAT!!!!  That's right!!!  They had already done phone screens and were now bringing OUR students in for interviews that day. Another hour went by and ANOTHER student showed up in, you guessed it, suit and tie. Not long after that, he came running into MyComputerCareer to announce he was offered the job!!! This student, not yet graduated, started his new IT job the following Monday at $50K in a full-time permanent position providing software support!!!

Not only do we help our students learn the IT skills hiring managers need, we literally put their resumes in the hands of the people hiring. Isn't that awesome???

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Corporate HQ: 5511 Capital Center Drive, Suite 204, Raleigh, NC 27606 PH: 866.606.6922

Tags: IT Training, Computer Careers, Success Stories

Resume Building For A Computer Career

Posted by Ralph Giovenco on Mon, Apr 30, 2012

Dallas CSDThis week a student told me he locked down an IT job with a Fortune 100 company! Even though it's an entry level position, he will be installing routers, hubs, and switches - and programming, testing, and turning up equipment. The hiring manager even said he could take home some old equipment to help study for his CCNA. The student was really excited and I am too! What an AWESOME resume builder and a great start to a NEW CAREER!

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Corporate HQ: 5511 Capital Center Drive, Suite 204, Raleigh, NC 27606 PH: 866.606.6922

Tags: Career Services Updates, Computer Careers, Success Stories

Back To The Well For More MyComputerCareer Talent!

Posted by Ralph Giovenco on Mon, Apr 30, 2012

Well our software company neighbors upstairs are at it again. After receiving his resume, interviewing and making an offer to our student, all in the same day, the hiring manager was on our campus again. He needed our help!!

This time he needed someone for database monitoring. We met for a while and I gave him three candidates that I thought would be a fit.  The next day, one of the students came on campus. He was all dressed up. I had never seen him look so dapper! He had just left the interview and had been offered the job! $30K and he started the very next day!!! This student doesn't show much emotion but he couldn't believe it happened so quickly. He immediately went into the classroom to begin to tell his story.

Houston CSDNot long after that the hiring manager was on campus to tell me how great our students were doing. I did ask about the other candidates I had given him and he told me that those that responded first and could interview first were given first consideration. Once he found the right person there was no need to look any further. You snooze, you lose. 

That's a great lesson on how hard we have to work. If we don't get requirements from hiring managers - and our students' resumes out to hiring managers, they won't get the IT jobs they deserve.

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Corporate HQ: 5511 Capital Center Drive, Suite 204, Raleigh, NC 27606 PH: 866.606.6922

Tags: IT jobs, Career Services Updates, Computer Careers, News Houston

Why Online-Only IT Career Training Programs Don't Work

Posted by Bruce Ackerman on Mon, Apr 09, 2012

Online-Only Courses Don't WorkProspective career changers and IT professionals looking to gain key IT certifications will find online-only computer training programs tempting. Costs are often attractive and occasional add-ons like instructor support through email or chat create a sense reassurance that you will have the assistance you need to achieve your goal.

While a few students who are highly self-motivated and have previous IT training or experience can be successful with this type of program, most simply will not. Here's why:

1. Lack of structure and accountability - Self-paced learning programs often fail because the student has little or no external incentive to stay on pace. Even if you do complete the program, it will likely take you longer simply because you have that option; and life will get in the way. Since time is money, the added time it takes to reach your goal--if you ever do--will cost you dearly.

On the other hand: Structured, instructor-led, classroom training "forces" you to stay on schedule, provides peer and instructor support on a daily basis, and gives you the accountability and incentive you need to override life's distractions and stay on pace --especially in a program that's intensive and condensed.

2. Quality of Instruction - Would you rather gain your training from a seasoned IT Professional in the classroom who is your mentor, advocate, and friend, or from a "nameless" support agent sitting in a service center fielding questions from, possibly, dozens of students at once?

MyComputerCareer instructors are expert IT pros with years of on the job experience. Their insights are invaluable to actually being able to apply what you learn in class, on the job.

 

 

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Corporate HQ: 5511 Capital Center Drive, Suite 204, Raleigh, NC 27606 PH: 866.606.6922

Tags: Certifications, IT Training

Dare to Compare: Online Computer Training And Classroom Environments

Posted by Ralph Giovenco on Mon, Apr 09, 2012

“With all the books and online training programs out there, why should I bother coming to class with a real instructor?”  Good question!Instructor-led IT training nets better results

It’s true!  Technology has changed the world of education.  Computer-based learning has become very popular.  Working adults, trying to find ways to balance life and school, find online classes more flexible, and for schools they’re less expensive than filling a classroom.  The fact is, there are enough tools out there, both online and off, that you could virtually educate yourself on any subject you choose!  As a result, courses led in the traditional classroom setting have begun to dwindle.

But which method actually works better? Which student is more likely to succeed? Are online computer training programs truly easier and more affordable?

In an article published by The US Department of Education in 2010 the research of over 50 different studies was combined in order to finally prove which is more effective—not just more popular or convenient.  What they found was that retention was improved by a whopping 35% when both methods of teaching were employed in a class instead of just one or the other.

35%!  When it comes to the best way to earn IT certifications, that’s the edge that could make all the difference. But there’s more than just an increase in knowledge retention. Instructor-led training excels in actual skill development. Learning about a subject, like computers, is one thing. Applying that knowledge in real world situations is quite another.

Online computer training is appealing because it can be self-paced and there’s no peer pressure or public performance requirement. But that’s also its greatest weakness when it comes to quickly developing meaningful, marketable skills.  Can a computer look you in the eye and make sure you’re getting the key points?  Can it help you set goals and make study plans?  Can it tell you what working in the I.T. field is really like?  Honestly, without the hands-on support, accountability, and encouragement you get from a live, caring instructor, most people simply cannot stick with a career-change program long enough to actually make the change!

Are classrooms different?  Yes!  You’re involved, and you’re not alone.  Learning is easy when it’s part of a live discussion, or a hands-on lab with your peers.  That’s why MyComputerCareer.com continues to use the best of both worlds for optimal learning and skill development.  MCC instructors are handpicked I.T. professionals with extensive real life experience. So they can provide the kind of personal guidance that you simply can’t get from a book.  And class schedules are easily manageable for even the busiest of students—so you get the best of both worlds!

In the end, it’s the effort that you put into it that makes the biggest difference to what you’ll get out of your education investment.  But we make sure that you have all the tools and hands-on help that you’ll need to succeed, to make sure you get your extra 35% and much, much more.

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Corporate HQ: 5511 Capital Center Drive, Suite 204, Raleigh, NC 27606 PH: 866.606.6922

Tags: Certifications, IT Training

The Career Services Team Is Dedicated To Getting You An IT Job!

Posted by Ralph Giovenco on Mon, Apr 09, 2012

There are more and more options each day for people looking for a computer training program focused on IT certifications.  Most make promises in their literature and claim that they're the best for a variety of reasons.  Where we stand out is in our promise to aid students in landing a job in the IT field. 

One of the questions MCC Admissions Directors get asked the most is about our dedication to helping our students break into a new IT career.  We can't blame them for being skeptical and we rarely get to answer with such detail, so we asked our Career Services Director in Raleigh, Shareefah Dickens, to share with us, and you, a rundown of her week.

Career Services Director, Shareefah Dickens"I feel like a very proud mama when I report on our Raleigh students!  This week I was able to submit 12 students for a position and 9 were hired!  The recruiter working on the project reported back with absolute praise saying we saved her.  Her words: 'Your Students were praised over more technical staff, I appreciate all the efforts.'”

"I also found out that one of my good contacts has now moved on to corporate recruiting for [a major pharmaceitical firm] and will attend our next career fair!  Later in the week, I attended a career fair to build my network of hiring managers.  I made contact with [several major area employers].  One Manager said his starting salaries are $70K and up for entry level opportunities!  My plan is to get several students in front of him immediately for review."

Landing your first job in IT isn't easy.  Heck, landing ANY job in today's economy isn't easy.  Most experts will tell you that a successful job search starts with networking and being well prepared.  At MyComputerCareer, you'll find both in the same place.  OUR promise is to go the extra mile in educating and preparing you for your future.  That includes people like Shareefa who's job it is to get you in the door at IT companies all over the area.

   

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Corporate HQ: 5511 Capital Center Drive, Suite 204, Raleigh, NC 27606 PH: 866.606.6922

Tags: Career Services Updates, Computer Careers

Employer Talks About Computer Careers

Posted by Bruce Ackerman on Fri, Feb 24, 2012

Mel Hall, Founder of Bass Computers in Houston, TX talks with Bruce Ackerman about his impressions of MyComputerCareer and what it takes to be successful as an IT Professional.

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Corporate HQ: 5511 Capital Center Drive, Suite 204, Raleigh, NC 27606 PH: 866.606.6922

Tags: Computer Careers, Success Stories