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Wannabe Geek

Topic # 115721 4-Apr-2013 14:20
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Hi geeks, this is my situation.
I'm a 31 years old guy from Italy,in vacation here in New Zealand, I've just decided to try to stay here and find a job here.

It' a bit hard 'couse I can't apply for a working holiday Visa because i'm too old (the WH is till 30) so I've decide to apply for a student Visa and get some certification to improve my CV.

I've a 12 years of IT working background in Italy as a technician and then as a System Administrator (OS Win Server, VMWare etc) but i miss the MCITP certification for windows server 2008.

The plan is find a evening course to get this certification and apply for a Student Visa that will permit me to work 20 hours for week during the day.

I've already been in some IT school in Auckland like Ames or ITTI but they doesn't offer a night course!

The questions are:
There are microsoft certification courses lasting at least 6 months (is the minimum to get student visa i believe) ?
there are just microsoft evening courses in Auckland or in another city?...I can move there!

thank u for your patience


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  Reply # 793276 4-Apr-2013 15:23
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Their FAQ mentions evening courses but dosent say which.

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  Reply # 793324 4-Apr-2013 16:39
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Just a heads-up, as an international student those courses may require a minimum score in the IELTS test.

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Wannabe Geek

  Reply # 793370 4-Apr-2013 17:48
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Thank u to both of you guys...i'll retry to go to Ames and ask for a evening course, and yes I know that it will require a IELTS exam I'm already studying for this :)

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  Reply # 793379 4-Apr-2013 18:11
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It's probably worth looking at server 2012 exams now (MCSA,MCSE) there's not much point studying 2k8 Enterprise Admin etc. It's better to get the newer certifications under your belt as The MCITP Exams will be retired on July 31 2013..

If you're looking for the server exams you should look at MCSA Server 2012

If you think you're pretty capable with Windows/Server there's really no need for the courses IMO, unless a business will pay for them for you as they can be pretty pricey. You can buy a book and learn all the content, combine that with CBT nuggets and setup a lab environment and you should be able to learn all the content and pass the exams.. I work in IT as a systems engineer/sys admin and after reading the books,CBT and labbing i passed the exams pretty easily.

If you think you may struggle/not up to scratch with Windows/Server software by all means do a course.

Each exam is $221 NZD (3 for MCSA)


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Wannabe Geek

  Reply # 794065 5-Apr-2013 20:35
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Ok I went to AMES today and said me that they doesn't offer evening course anymore.

Ekul, you got right, i can study by myself saving a lot of money and then do exam but I really need to apply for a Student VISA to get a a permit to work, I'm 31 and i just have a visitor visa.
The only way to work legally for me is apply for a student visa and then try to find a job and a sponsorship even if mean spend a lot....hope i'll find something cheaper than AMES!
And about to windows 2008 certification i was thinking the same about the new windows server 2012 but I still dont know....maybe it will not be used too soon in a production environment so maybe is better get the 2008 but i don't know....anyway many thanks for your advices!!

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