Member Since: 14th Oct 2016
24th Sep 2020
A few years ago I was in a similar position, I had an MBA so a number of exemptions and the MCS was my first exam.
I signed up for online study (I think through Kaplan), which was a series of lectures talking through the subject - absolutely invaluable. I did pass but still struggled.
My recommendation is look for a study course and do practice past papers you need to learn how to pass the exam. Keep trying and you will get there. I did find the strategic level challenging but as I was now with a study group (Reed business school - so had to give up some weekends), I always felt more confident. The MCS was by far the most stressful exam, understand this and don't give up!
17th Oct 2019
SME vs PLC
Agree with paul.benny.
SME - you have to stand up and be counted, you will probably gain lots of exposure to lots of things, more a jack of all trades.
PLC - you will tend to specialise in an area (whatever that may be), with support networks around for the things you don't know, although with good opportunities to learn from subject matter experts if you have the time!
I have worked in both, more recently in SME and the career options and benefits are generally more limited (although I am not too worried about this as I am in the twilight years of my career), but starting out you may want to consider this.
Also (in my experience), it is hard to make the move from SME to PLC, I have encountered some very snobbish attitudes, but it is possible. My wife was taken on by a PLC because of her general experience in SME!
If you want to work abroad, my suggestion would be look for a PLC, you may have the opportunity to transfer abroad within departments or at least the company name will be recognised when you do start applying.
Good luck with whichever route you choose, keep your eye on the goal and things usually work out one way or another.
30th Jul 2019
I am jealous.
I am saving hard, my daughter is 4, so a bit of time yet. But if anyone can tell me how much further education is going to cost in 14 years it would be greatly appreciated.
I might have to start a crowd funding page now, and that could work if I knew how to set one up!
3rd Apr 2019
Only 150 years - positively light speed compared to the ongoing shenanigans in parliament!
3rd Apr 2019
Everybody will be dead by then!
25th Jan 2019
Please, you are making me feel bad. I work in industry and am shocked that you believe I work as much as 2 days per week - this is crazy talk!
8th Jan 2019
Exciting times ahead. How long will it take to slow down and realise that you have no deadlines to meet (except personal ones of course, and that is something completely different).
Enjoy, I am getting excited as I only have 16 years left!
20th Dec 2018
All down to the employee now. Works quite well once setup but can be an absolute pain getting there.
The amount of technical issues I encountered was insane - and the IT support team never called back as they promised 3 times....
17th Dec 2018
Some time ago we had a similar situation and claims for mileage were made. Mr Taxman didn't like it and stated that the journeys were "regular and frequent" and therefore constituted travel to a fixed place of work.
However, he did refuse to define "regular and frequent" I think they make it up as they go along.
I do believe that travel everyday does constitute "regular and frequent" so good luck.
Do let us know how you get on.
14th Dec 2018
They call it a SPOD - single point of dependency. (I just love being married to a HR Director).
Companies never realise what they have until it is gone.