Fabrizio - Network Technician
What was the reason you chose to take a Network Specialist course?
I already had completed a Computer Engineering Degree at university, but found I needed something more related to the work environment in order to gain the appropriate experience to land a first IT job.
It’s never easy to get the first job as every employer is looking for working experience but this course played a major role to gain that experience before starting working.
What were you doing before the course?
I had my own online business as a Health Coach. I did enjoy the business, however, I soon realised that I wanted to focus only on what I do best; Information Technology. So, I decided to return to my studies.
Why did you choose The Training Room?
I was reading job postings on Reed and it seemed that every employer was looking for experience. Whilst browsing the same website, I also came across to an ad by The Training Room.
I got in contact with them and realised it was the best way for me to gain the required experience and refresh my previous knowledge from my Computer Engineering degree.
What did you enjoy about the course?
For me, the most enjoyable part of the course was that it was self-paced – this meant that I could study as much or as little as I wanted, at a time suitable to me.
The most memorable aspect of the course, though, was the virtual laboratory on the Cisco CCNA course. It aims to simulate the work environment, so you feel as if you’re physically in the workplace – even from the comfort of my own laptop.
Were you able to fit your course around other commitments/your lifestyle?
Yes, as it was a self-paced course. Also, I took the course as a full-time student, so I managed to complete the course well ahead of the scheduled time.
What was your experience of the course?
The course was very helpful with detailed text, videos and exercises. The virtual labs were there to allow us to experiment the theory that we were learning. The tutor, David Chapman, was also very supportive and always quickly available.
I think I had all I needed to be very prepared for the exams. IT certifications are very challenging, but, thanks to the course, I passed most of them on the first try and on a relatively short timeframe.
What's the biggest challenge you encountered on your course?
The biggest challenge was to stay focused on the studies while I wasn’t yet working in IT and believing that I would see an impact of what I was doing. I had to focus on believing that I was taking the time necessary to gain the required knowledge to start my IT career.
Tell me about your career since graduating from The Training Room - what have you done and what does your future look like?
After graduating from The Training Room, I landed my first job in IT within 3 months. Soon, I’m starting my new role as Desktop Support Analyst at IDBS – this will allow me to build up more experience and put to work and develop the broad range of skills that I already have.
The qualifications gained through The Training Room played a major role in successfully being offered this role as I was able to explain technical questions relating to the work environment that I had explored throughout the course.
Having completed the course, what advice would you give people who are considering it themselves?
I think this course gives all you need to pass the exams and get certified.
Having said that, I recommend everyone to complement their knowledge by reading, watching videos and trying to learn other software. It’s also important to have, at the very least, a basic idea of the many technologies used in work environments. The knowledge you gain with The Training Room will give you a strong foundation which allows you to then go on to understand other sources of information and new software.
Indeed, while getting certified is important, your final goal is to land your first job in IT. Through the virtual laboratory, this will allow students to prove to potential employers they have the experience even before starting work. Having curiosity and a basic understanding of the technologies they use will impress the potential employer, leaving a great first impression will only boost employment chances.