27 Feb to 23 Mar 2005
I am a trainer myself, so I can judge the quality of a training institute very well...
I am a trainer myself, so I can judge the quality of a training institute very well. I have been working as a trainer for a Swiss company since 1994.
Now, I have to say for myself, that the formula offered by Koenig was exactly the solution I was looking for. I had been a certified trainer until 2001 and then lost my status because I never upgraded to Windows 2000. After some time, it became necessary for me to re-launch myself and I took the MCSE 2003 fast track and did all 7 exams during this time. A more perfect match of goals is difficult to achieve.
Since I work for a large training company, I could have had all courses free of charge in Switzerland.
However, there is one thing I cannot buy for money over here: a personalized 25 day dedicated 1-on-1™ training with an expert trainer guiding me through exactly those loopholes in my knowledge.
To begin with, the trainer I was assigned was extremely skilled and knowledgeable. Mostly she answered my questions by posing other questions and guiding me to the answer myself. Absolutely superb. Then, I could ask whatever I wanted to know and except for very rare cases she knew exactly what I was talking about and helped me very efficiently. In rare cases she consulted the Microsoft resources on the Internet and was able to find every answer. Her didactic capabilities were outstanding.
The training facility is well equipped, there is an unlimited ADSL Internet connection for your private purposes free of charge. The computers are powerful enough to train Windows Server 2003 and all the necessary infrastructure is available. The (alas) frequent power cuts do not interfere with the course since all classrooms are equipped with UPS.
The organization is excellent: The center manager will do everything for you required. She even went to buy my return ticket to Delhi in a travel agency. The lunch is catered for and there is nothing missing.
The class is from Monday to Saturday. On Saturday evening I used to go to a night market and Sundays I spent at the beach. Studying of course. Honestly, I would suggest Goa over Delhi or Shimla. Personally I do not like mountains and Delhi is a too large agglomeration for my taste. Goa is touristic, very inexpensive, they do not have restrictions on alcohol as in other states and, if the season is right, the weather is fantastic. I was there in March. Season is from October to March. Spend an evening in one of the small little bars together with some hardcore Fenny drinkers. You will love it.
stayed in Panjim. First I thought of staying in Dona Paula, but it would have been an error. True, Dona Paula is close to the beach, has a nicer scenery, but the infrastructure is not sufficient. I mean, you maybe want to go to a barber shop, a market, bookstores, have a plethora of restaurants to choose from, bars, tailors, you name it. This you have in Panjim, hardly in Dona Paula. Like there is no coffee shop with Italian coffee in Dona Paula. Stay somewhere downtown in an aircon hotel in a quiet room and everything mentioned will be within walking distance. On the weekend go to the Northern or Southern beaches. Hire a cab and have him take you around for the day.
Now you must bear in mind, that nothing is given you for free. You must work, and when I mean work, I really mean work. You must have endurance, tenacity, concentration, you must feel well and you must always keep sight of your aim. The trainer will establish a plan with you, with failsafe options (I had to repeat one exam, but it was entirely my fault that I did not pass the first time). Do not get sick, eat healthy, do not waste time in private matters. Go there to study and just study, the reward is to become an MCSE 2003 (or whatever certification you are looking at) in the shortest possible time.
Take it seriously, they will help you in every imaginable way. Do not commit the error of thinking that by just going there you will have made it.
Yes, I would do it again, definitely.