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Hello, I am from England and have been working in I.T. for 10 years mainly in networking roles as a network engineer...

Darren Mccarthy (United Kingdom), MCSD (Visual C#) & MCDBA 2003;Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) 16 Aug to 19 Oct 2005

Hello, I am from England and have been working in I.T. for 10 years mainly in networking roles as a network engineer. After such a long time I thought it would be a good idea to get some certifications in the occupation I work in.

I have attended courses at training centers in the U.K. before which have been paid for by previous companies I have worked in, but after working as a contractor for many years I have found that I need to pay for such thing's myself.

Finding that I don't have time or discipline for self-study I realized I need to take some time out to do some courses.

I found the cost of doing this in the U.K. off-putting; they really do charge exhorbitant prices.

Luckily while browsing an I.T. job search web-site call ‘jobserve' I seen an advert for Koenig, the prices were hugely lower.

So, I e-mailed an enquiry to them, exchanged a few emails with the training manager and booked it and I was ‘all set'.

I had never been to India and wasn't sure what to expect. I have done a fair bit of traveling so I was looking forward to seeing what it would be like in India .

I was also curious as to what the facilities at Koenig would be like and how well the trainers would be at speaking English.

On my first day of landing in India 3 days before the course, I was pleasantly surprised to find someone waiting to collect me from the airport and he handed me an envelope with enough money to live on for a few days. Everything I needed was there such as an info pack explaining everything about the course, places to eat and useful advice on traveling around Delhi .

My first impressions of the hotel were very good as the staff were friendly and more than helpful. The room was spacious and clean, which I was pleased to see as it would be my home for the next 2-3 months.

On the first day of my course I was introduced to the trainer, who was a very cool relaxed kind of guy, he made me feel at ease throughout the course. He was very knowledgeable in the subject and went out of his way to make sure myself and the other student on the course was well prepared for the exams, his english was also perfect. I found the quality of the course was as good if not better than can be expected in the U.K. Also the facilities provided were good with clean classrooms and sufficient computer equipment. I must also mention the service, Koenig go out of their way to make you feel at home, as most of the students are westerners they seem to have figured out what is needed to make them comfortable.

India itself is a fascinating place and has lots of character. Cows wander the hectic roads and avoid traffic with such ease, they have a life and culture all of their own. The traffic is also something to be experienced, the drivers are skillful and I think they have to be to survive.

I also got the chance to see the Taj Mahal, the 3 rd wonder of the world and a magnificent sight. Overall a good experience both culturally and to get the certifications and learn all at once. Thanks to Koenig!