Is it just me that gets annoyed at crash IT courses? Surely can't be!? (Don't call me Shirley [img]/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img] )
I'm talking about those adverts you see, 'Bored of your job? Learn to be an IT Manager in 3weeks!!' That kind of thing.
You don't see 'Learn to be a lawyer in 3weeks!!' courses so why is it that people believe they can pick up IT jobs with a few weeks training?!
Actually, I've seen a few people with the title of IT Manager who really didn't have a clue. Things fell apart whenever the real IT guys went on vacation or anything else like that. This is probably more a management course than anything. It also doesn't mean you'll get a job after taking it though [img]/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
9 out of 10 people I prove wrong agree that I'm right. The other person is my wife.
I should have been more clear, I don't mean going out and doing a acredited course to help you along I mean places that promise you jobs because of the course and promising high paying jobs and I'm not actually sure, maybe these are just a UK thing but I doubt it. I mean things like this: http://www.ciao.co.uk/Reviews/Computeach__5830238
Where companies will promise you a £50000 job within a few years of taking their courses and they essentially charge you thousands of pounds for courses (like A+) which actually cost a few hundred.
Quite a few years ago my wife signed up for a course which promised to teach her C, C++ and Java with 2 half day a week classes plus homework for 6 weeks, so 3 days of class. I advised her against it, but she went ahead anyway. The course said it was for absolute beginners who had never touched a computer. All my wife knew was how to use MS Office, and only the basics at that, so she felt it would be good for her.
As predicted, the course was useless, the examples in the notes were often wrong, the teachers had less clue than a junior developer. I had to help her with the homework as she didnít have the knowledge from the classes to do the homework set. The last assignment she had I got fed up and wrote something which was way beyond what they had taught and the teacher couldnít even understand what the program was doing.
A complete rip-off and waste of money. We could afford the loss, but I feel sorry for the folks who were unemployed and had joined to be able to get an IT job afterwards, they couldnít afford the money.
I wrote a strong letter to the company and, surprise, surprise, never got a reply.