Here are the best ways to find potential study partners. Seeking study buddy Here are the best ways to find potential study partners.
Dear Molly: I’m desperately trying to find any source of information (be it a posting, bulletin, or message board) leading to a study partner in the MCSE field here in New York. I don’t know if you’re the right person to ask, but since I came across your column I thought I’d take a shot.
Molly says: Finding a study buddy can be a good first move to networking your way into a job once you have your MCSE, so I’m happy to help with some suggestions.
First, look around for computer or Microsoft user groups in your area to find out if there are any aspiring MCSE folks who would like to study with you. If not, perhaps these groups know of an MCSE study group in your area. There may be some groups that don’t have widely publicized Web sites. (If any reader knows of a New York-area MCSE study group, please send me an e-mail about it.)
My Web search turned up more than a few computer user groups in the New York City area. To get you started, here are two: the New York PC Users Group and the New York LAN Association .
Also, contact the schools in your area that offer MCSE classes and see if they have informal study groups. If you are attending class anywhere, ask your instructor if there is such a group at that school. If not, perhaps you could start one.
If you feel you could study effectively with a partner or group not in your geographical area–say by telephone or e-mail–then you greatly increase your options. Here are some MCSE study groups in areas other than New York: FTQ, the Atlanta MSCE group and the Chicago MSCE study group.
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