some guy (self) wrote,
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The MCSE classes I'm taking were supposed to be split into two sections. The first, which I believe ends on Saturday, is essentially the theory of network administration and design. Understanding the building blocks, and why Windows 2000 in particular is set up the way it is. We crammed two years worth of material into seven weeks, but walk away with no practical application of this knowledge.

So, if that was theory, the second class was supposed to be practice. Solving real-world problems and cleaning up after our mistakes on live networks. The combined experience was designed to make us extraordinarily competent, but still not hirable. You see, the skills necessary to do well in this field are not the skills needed to pass certification exams.

This realization was not terribly encouraging. So a third class was offered, between the other two. This one is a straightforward MCSE bootcamp. It's only focus is to make everyone pass the exams. If we actually learn something useful, that's a happy side effect.

Currently, the schedule appears to be as follows:
(actual times may vary)
    Monday 12/2 - Friday 12/6
      4:30-10:00 extensive study for first two MCSE exams.
    Saturday 12/7
      8:00am - 12:00pm Review for test #1.
      2:00pm - 5:00pm Take test #1.
    Sunday 12/8
      8:00am - 12:00pm Review for test #2.
      2:00pm - 5:00pm Take test #2.

    Monday 12/9 - Friday 12/13
      4:30-10:00 extensive study for next two MCSE exams.
    Saturday 12/7
      8:00am - 12:00pm Review for test #3.
      2:00pm - 5:00pm Take test #3.
    Sunday 12/8
      8:00am - 12:00pm Review for test #4.
      2:00pm - 5:00pm Take test #4.

    Two weeks off.
    New Years Resolution to drag myself back in there...


    Monday 1/6 - Friday 1/10
      4:30-10:00 extensive study for exams 5 and 6.
    Saturday 1/11
      8:00am - 12:00pm Review for test #5.
      2:00pm - 5:00pm Take test #5.
    Sunday 1/12
      8:00am - 12:00pm Review for test #6.
      2:00pm - 5:00pm Take test #6.

    Monday 1/13 - Friday 1/17
      4:30-10:00 extensive study for final MCSE exam. Also, focused meditations on the concept of overkill.
    Saturday 1/18
      8:00am - 12:00pm Review for test #7.
      2:00pm - 5:00pm Take test #7.
      8pm-2am: Celebrate completion of MCSE certification.
    Sunday 1/19
      8:00am - 5:00pm Nurse hangover in classroom, extremely confused as to why we were scheduled to come in in the first place.

    Monday 1/20
      Remember none of this.
Going back for the third session after all of that is going to take all of my willpower, but I'm convinced it's necessary for the work I'm looking at.

'cause, getting the job is one thing.
Not demolishing someone's network is another matter entirely.
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