However, when some ITIL Foundation training* came up I thought it was worth investing. It's really aimed more at managers, but I talk to people who are immersed in it on a regular basis, and I reckon it will look very good on my CV when I'm looking for a new job in a few years**.
At that point Sophia was home the whole time, so I agreed with Jane that she'd take on sole parenting for the three days of the course. And then, thankfully, the nurseries opened up again just in time! So I got to spend three days on an online training course, while a trainer talked us through around 150 slides worth of information, multiple quizzes, and two past papers. Which, I have to say, they handled well. I felt it could have been compressed a bit more, but then it would have left behind some people who haven't spent as much time around it. And while my preferred method of learning is to "throw a ton of information at my brain and then try and do something with it" (in this case, sample papers), that doesn't work that well for everyone.
In the end, I got 93% in the exam. Which I finished in 15 minutes of the hour allowed. As I'd taken nearer 30 minutes for the two sample papers, and scored 85-ish% for them, I can only assume I got lucky with the actual exam***.
Now I can go back to doing some actual work for a few days until Thor turns up...
* ITIL, for those of you lucky enough not to know, is a set of best practices and terminology that allow people running a service organisation to work and communicate effectively. Basically trying to make sure that when people talk to each other how different parts of a large business provide services to each other (or to customers) that they're speaking the same language, and using the same concepts. More here.
**My current employers are planning on outsourcing their administration systems to a third party, a process which is estimated around three years. At the end of that they won't need most of my department any more. I don't want to talk about that in detail in a public post. Feel free to chat to me more privately if you like :-)
***Everyone gets a different exam - with questions selected randomly from a bank of them, assuring that there are a set number from various parts of the course, but no ability to simply rote learn from a stolen copy of th exam.
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