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Advice on needed on suitable IT training.

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Are there any training courses available for someone who wants to break into IT management?. I've been using computers for years and have quite advanced knowledge of office and accountancy systems, but need to improve my awareness of networks and the internet etc. Any tips would be appreciated.

Roz
Roz Callaghan

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By Abacjm
02nd Feb 2005 17:51

Training Courses
Roz,
you could check out your local Library or Local Enterprise Co for available courses/evening/on-line classes/courses currently in your area.

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By kenbrockbank
03rd Feb 2005 09:35

I know a man that can
I can recommned the services of Brian Hopkins at Keys Training, They cover the entire country and Im sure they could help you Contact them on 01524 424678 or e-mail them at [email protected]

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Ken Brockbank

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By Stewart Twynham
03rd Feb 2005 09:42

Re: IT Management
Roz,

Like most professions, a combination of vocational training, transferable skills, plus some business acumen all help.

If you've already got a semi-relevant (e.g. technical / business) degree - then that's a good start because the "Management" part of IT Manager will necessitate a good foundation that a degree would give you.

For the nuts and bolts technical training, I would look at vendor-specific training as a good start. It's not expensive and certifications from Microsoft et al have become much tougher of late (and hence more respected) - and will give a future employer some confidence in your technical ability...

You've rightly identified the Internet / Networks as a key part - I would recommend looking at the Networking, Windows Server and SQL Server (Database) components in an MCSE course. These would go *extremely* well with your existing accountancy skills.

The reason is that most "techies" understand how to plug cables in and get PCs working, but when it comes to the underlying technologies (esp. databases, application development) they struggle. Add on the ability to read a balance sheet or understand how to derive an aged debtors report from the transactional tables in an accounting system and you'd be very employable by both end-users as well as software vendors / resellers / integrators.

Finally - join the British Computer Society (www.bcs.org). As well as massive reductions on software (incl. Microsoft / Macromedia) - members benefit from being part of a professional institution. If you want to genuinely pursue IT Management as a career, the BCS will give you the learning and CPD opportunities you need.

Hope this helps!

(PS - Welcome to the profession!)

Regards,

Stewart Twynham BEng(hons) MBCS
Bawden Quinn Associates Ltd
[email protected]

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