Linux+;Oracle 11g: PL/SQL Developer OCA;Java EE 6 Developer (OCE-WCD, JSF 2, OCE-EJB, OCE-JPA & OCE-JWS)
01 May to 12 Aug 2010
Going to a country so far from home for an extended period of time, studying for qualifications very new to me and being a woman travelling on my own seemed rather daunting at first...
Going to a country so far from home for an extended period of time, studying for qualifications very new to me and being a woman travelling on my own seemed rather daunting at first. However, after a few days I was settled in and fine.
I chose to stay in Hotel Madhuban. It was centrally located in Dehradun yet not noisy. The facilities and room were fine. It has a small gym and a Spa. The staff were very nice and helpful. I very much enjoyed my stay here.
I enrolled on a 1-on-1 Linux +, Oracle 11g: PL/SQL Developer OCA and also opted for the Java Career Enabler (SCJP, SCWCD, SCBCD and SCDJWS).
This has been an incredible experience and I will never forget it. I passed all my exams (7 in total) achieving very high marks – my lowest being 96%.
I would highly recommend future students do the Hands-on ExperienceTM at the end of your course if available. This provided a lot of context to what I had been previously studying.
I would like to thank all my trainers as well as the rest of the staff at the Dehradun centre, especially Nidhi and Papiya who always made sure I had everything I needed and went out of their way to make me feel welcome and safe.
I chose Dehradun because I believed it would be an appropriate study and learning environment. Few distractions and peace and quiet would help me concentrate on my primary objectives of passing the exams and acquiring knowledge. Dehradun is much smaller than New Delhi, it is less crowded and traffic is not so manic .Yet, it still took some time to get used to. I found it extremely good value for money and would highly recommend it.
In conclusion, here are a few pieces of advice:
- Do your research before you arrive so you can get a realistic idea of what you?re getting yourself into. Remember that India has a very different culture to that of the western world. India is a fascinating and vibrant country and the staff at Koenig are very good at helping you adjust.
- Get ready to work hard as the workload is quite substantial. Whilst I was aware that a boot camp is compressed training, there is a lot to take in over a short period of time.
Allow a few after you arrive to settle in and a few days break in between courses to do some catching up, sight seeing and relaxation.