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Third Time's a Charm

Posted by Ralph Giovenco on Thu, Mar 14, 2013

We recently placed a MyComputerCareer graduate into a Tier 1 Helpdesk position in Raleigh. This graduate came to us unemployed and feeling really defeated over his situation. He spent his time at MyComputerCareer focused on passing certification exams and learning how to capture a job. Although he made it to the final round of interviews the first two times out, the job went to someone else. Never detered or discouraged, he began interviewing with another company and got his first IT job. With IT training from MyComputerCareer and the determination to succeed, he was able to launch his computer career!

 

Are you feeling defeated in your current emplyment situation? If so, and if you have the determination to make it in a new career, MyComputerCareer can help you obtain the knowledge and skills to begin your own IT career. MyComputerCareer has the program to get you started - regardless of your background. Take the FREE Career Evaluation today and get yourself moving towards a better life in a new career!

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Tags: Certifications, Computer Careers, News Raleigh

USNews & World Report 25 Best Jobs

Posted by Ralph Giovenco on Thu, May 31, 2012

describe the imageUSNews & World Report recently released their 25 Best Jobs list. They're ranked based on projected growth to the year 2020, average salary, predicted job prospects, and an assessment of job satisfaction. #7 on the list is Computer Systems Analyst. Because "responsibilities can include choosing and configuring hardware and software, matching technology to users' needs, monitoring and testing the system in operation, and troubleshooting problems after implementation," computer systems analysists are needed in a wide "range of industries, including science, banking and finance, healthcare, education, and manufacturing."

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 22.1 percent employment growth for computer system analysts between 2010 and 2020. During that time period, about 120,400 jobs will need to be filled. The Labor Department reports that computer system analysts made a median salary of $77,740 in 2010. The highest-paid 10 percent in the profession earned $119,070 that year, while the lowest-paid 10 percent earned $48,360. The most highly compensated positions support the mining and oil and gas extraction industries, and the highest-paying jobs can be found in the Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT, Las Cruces, NM, and Jacksonville, NC - about 2 hours from Raleigh.

Demand is strong and and compensation is high for computer systems analysts. MyComputerCareer has the program to get you into this field, and others - regardless of your background. Take the FREE Career Evaluation today and get yourself moving towards a better life in a new career!

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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

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

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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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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Tags: Certifications, IT Training

To IT or NOT to IT: Make Up Your Mind, Already!

Posted by Bruce Ackerman on Wed, Aug 04, 2010

It's a little sad, really...and a little amusing: A person who visited MyComputerCareer.com a full year ago is still mired in self-doubt, posting queries on Internet forums about whether or not s/he should come to school here. "Is it worth the investment?" "Is it a scam?" "Is there a better way?" Unfortunately, s/he's probably not alone.

Too many would-be IT Professionals spend months or years meandering in the gulf of indecision while scores of our students make a decision, enroll, complete their training, get their certifications, and go to work productively and prosperously as computer pros. The investment they made is now PAYING THEM!

So what is the cost of delay? It may be the greatest cost of all! Is MyComputerCareer.com Right For Me?

Why? Because the time that elapses during your period of inaction is irretrievable. Once it's gone, it's gone. And so are the employment opportunities and money that you would/could have earned during that time. You can NEVER get it back!

Whenever you "hit the big time," however you define it, you'll always know you could've gotten there 6-months, a year, or two years earlier if you had just taken ACTION and made the decision back then. If you eventually earn $100K per year, and you could have gotten there one year sooner, your indecision cost you at least $100K in lifetime earnings that you can never recover. What would you have done with that money? What did you do with the time?

But for most, the decision not to act now is even worse. Because not now most often turns into never. Indecision is decision after all.

And you gotta love the advice on these forums. "Go to a community college to get your IT certifications. It's cheaper." Or, "There's plenty of FREE information online. Just do it yourself." Some even say things like, "Nobody's ever asked to see my certifications. They're overrated. Go get a degree."

OK. It's their opinion and they're entitled to it. But almost universally, those offering the advice have never attended an IT training class at MyComputerCareer.com and have no first-hand knowledge about us. And they never say, "this is how I did it, follow me;" so it's a fair bet that most aren't certified, and probably don't have a degree. So what do they really understand about the unique value of our programs or the comparative value of one approach vs. another?

Do your homework. Get all the information you can from the source. Validate and verify to the best of your ability. Talk to successful people you know and trust. Avoid the uninformed opinions of nay-sayers. Follow your gut. Then, MAKE A DECISION in your own best-interest and don't look back. Whatever course you choose, you'll be empowered to move on with your career and with your life without regret. And if you choose MyComputerCareer.com, we'll stand by you to help ensure your success every step of the way!

 

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Tags: Certifications, Computer Careers

MCITP is the New MCSE Certification

Posted by Bruce Ackerman on Tue, Jul 13, 2010

Those entering the IT marketplace today should seek to acquire the most relevant and sought-after IT certifications from Microsoft and other dominant industry vendors. Because of its preeminence among Microsoft certifications for so long, many new or would-be computer professionals still look to the MCSE or Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer certification as the foundational credential for their career as a Microsoft pro.

The MCSE, however, was specifically created for "designing andMCITP replaces MCSE certification for Microsoft implementing infrastructures for Windows Server 2003–based business solutions" according to Microsoft. But this technology has been superceded by Server 2008 and other later applications. That is why Microsoft is now advising: "If you want to be certified on newer technologies, such as Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, Windows Server 2008, or Microsoft SQL Server 2008, the Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) is the appropriate certification to pursue."

In January of 2010, MyComputerCareer.com " target="_blank">MyComputerCareer.com replaced the MCSE certification with the MCITP in their curriculum to keep up with the change in technology and offer students the skills in highest demand in the marketplace.

The MCITP is one of the most significant certifications for IT Professionals, particularly relating to network and database administration. Again, according to Microsoft: "The Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) certification helps validate that an individual has the comprehensive set of skills necessary to perform a particular job role, such as database administrator or enterprise messaging administrator." Professionals holding the MCITP certification from Microsoft are prepared to hold a wide range of system administrator level positions in IT.

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Tags: Certifications

Which IT Certifications Are Best?

Posted by Bruce Ackerman on Fri, Jul 09, 2010

Certified Microft IT AcademyThe debate over I.T. certifications rages on. Many I.T. professionals maintain that their certifications opened doors and have rewarded them financially in ways they never could have achieved without them. Others suggest that experience and skill, not certifications are the currency of success in I.T. They claim that their best opportunities came only after a proven track-record of performance.

The opinions are as varied as the experiences of the individuals who offer them. But most agree that, especially in the formative years of one's career when the resume may be short, IT certifications go a long way toward attracting the attention of hiring managers and opening doors to employment. At the very least, most will concede that the certs tell a potential employer that the candidate is sufficiently committed and disciplined to invest the time and money in relevant IT training. That says a lot!

For the career changer, in particular, IT certifications offer a comparatively fast-track to the essential skills I.T. professionals need to perform and compete in the marketplace. The initials behind the name may not guarantee employment or performance, but they certainly can open doors that would otherwise be closed to the I.T. nube.

Several of the certifications offered in the core curriculum at MyComputerCareer.com appear repeatedly in "Top-Ten" certification lists for I.T. professionals. They include the CompTIA A+ and Network+, Microsoft Certified I.T. Professional (MCITP), Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)--MyComputerCareer offers 3 specialties in Windows 7, Server 2008 Active Directory, and Server 2008 Network Infrastructure; as well as Cisco's coveted Certified Network Associate (CCNA).

These important IT certifications consistently find demand in the  marketplace and reward the individuals who hold them. For more information on the specific certifications offered in the MyComputerCareer.com I.T. Professional Career Program click the following link. http://mycomputercareer.com/inner.php?id=7&category=5

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MyComputerCareer Students Poised to Prosper with Windows 7

Posted by Bruce Ackerman on Fri, May 28, 2010

According to a new study published by Dimensional Research, more than half of companies surveyed have solid plans to move to Microsoft Windows 7 by the end of 2010. Perhaps even more significantly, 87% of the 900 respondents said they had plans to eventually convert to Windows 7. By contrast, less than half of those surveyed had plans to ever deploy Windows Vista at a similar point in its release. Microsoft is also reporting that sales of the new operating system which stood at about 60 million copies in January has now topped 90 million outpacing any of its predecessors.

"This is very good news for Windows 7," says Diane Hagglund, a research analyst for Dimensional. "Concerns about performance and reliability have dropped significantly since the release of Windows 7."

It's also great news for MyComputerCareer.com students, graduates and others who have or will earn the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) for Windows 7 credential because they will be well armed to help employers and perspective employers make this transition over the next few years.  It's fair to say that the MCTS is and will continue to be an important, sought-after certification that will contribute to job and income security in the foreseeable future.

MyComputerCareer.com specializes in I.T. training for career changers--those entering the industry from other fields of endeavor. The school added the Windows 7 certification to it's core curriculum last fall. The MCTS:Win7 is a key certification in the I.T. ProBasic Career Starter Program along with the MCDST/XP certification (also essential to supporting the Windows 7 transition), the A+ certification and the MCP. In addition to the technical training, MyComputerCareer.com offers lifetime Career Services support to help place students in their first and subsequent jobs in the industry.

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