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Why choose Koenig, why travel all this way for a course you can do in your home country...

Alex Bethell (United Kingdom), MCSE: Messaging 2003;Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) 06 Jul to 14 Aug 2005

Why choose Koenig, why travel all this way for a course you can do in your home country. Well let me tell you why.

I have been working in the IT industry for the past five years. At the beginning of the year I was looking at the current job market, literally every job was asking for a certification of some sort.It made me think that if I was to lose my job I may find it hard to get another, coincidently, my company offered redundancy. I started to look on the internet for boot camps and was astonished at the price and length of the courses. Become an MCSE in two weeks, yeah right. Koenig's web-site would appear time and again offering affordable prices in a realistic timescale. But what really appealed to me was the chance of one to one tuition. To cut a long story short after mailing Koenig numerous times for information, I decided to pack in my job and head to India.

Now, I know what your probably thinking, the price is too good to be true and there must be a catch, but believe me it's all above board and true. My friends would wind me up saying, once you get to Delhi airport there won't be anyone to meet you and it will be one big hoax. What a relief to see my name on a card, held by a Koenig representative. And so my adventure of India had begun. I stayed in the four star hotel City Park. I can't recommend the hotel enough. The staff are friendly, the facilities very good and most importantly very clean. The one downside is the hotel is quite remote. Unlike the budget and five star, when at lunchtimes other students would talk about the food in various restaurants close to the hotel, I ate only from the hotel. There are three restaurants to choose from, a Chinese, an Indian and a Cafe which serves burgers, pizzas and pasta dishes. Although at times this was frustrating, it does mean no distraction to your studies and I got to know the other students who were staying here very well.

The facilities at Koenig are very good. I had access to three computers and of course most importantly a very good teacher. She must have done her job well, because I passed all exams under her tuition. I won't say it was easy, far from it. I knew it would be hard work, but nothing prepares you for the long day and nights of constant study. I'll never forget her for pushing me to keep going, the look on her face when I got things wrong, joy on when I passed an exam, tests to be sure of my understanding and the encouragement when the going got tough. I can't speak highly enough of the staff, they always ask how you are and making sure your stay is a comfortable and safe one. What most endeared me to the staff at Koenig was the personal touch. During my stay it was my birthday, I mentioned this to my tutor but thought nothing of it afterwards. Then, out of the blue in the lunch room unbeknown to me, they had placed balloons and banners wishing me a happy birthday all around, not to mention the great birthday cake. As my tutor explained it was to make me feel part of the Koenig family, it's something I don't think I'll ever forget.

My stay In India was a memorable one for all the right reasons, although I don't think I'll ever get used to their way driving or cows wandering the streets. My advice to you is, don't underestimate the work needed to succeed and don't underestimate the length of the course. Six weeks may seem like a short amount of time at first and it's true it will pass quickly, but the constant repetition of reading book after book, day in day out, the late nights got to me. And most of all enjoy.