Careers Training for IT - News - Computers - Certification

Good for you! Reading this subject matter means you're likely to be contemplating your career, and if it's new career training you're deliberating over you've already done more than the majority of people will. Did you know that surprisingly few of us would say we are fulfilled in our working life - yet the vast majority of us will take no corrective action. We encourage you to break free and do something - don't you think you deserve it.

It's in your interests that prior to beginning a training course, you discuss your plans with a person who is familiar with the working environment and can advise you. Such a person will go through personality profiling with you and give you guidance on the right role for you:

* Do you operate better working alone or perhaps being around others is more important to you?

* What do you need from the area of industry you choose? (Building and banking - not so stable as they once were.)

* How long a career do you hope to have once retrained, and can your chosen industry provide you with that possibility?

* Do you expect your new knowledge base to allow you to find new work easily, and keep working until sixty five?

We would advise you to have a good look at Information Technology - there are greater numbers of positions than employees, and it's one of the few choices of career where the sector is on the grow. Despite what some people would have you think, IT isn't all techie people staring at their computers every day (if you like the sound of that though, they do exist.) The majority of jobs are occupied by average folk who enjoy better than average salaries.

The classroom style of learning we remember from school, involving piles of reference textbooks, can be pretty hard going sometimes. If you're nodding as you read this, look for learning programmes which feature interactive and multimedia modules. Learning psychology studies show that we remember much more when we involve as many senses as possible, and we get physically involved with the study process.

You can now study via self-contained CD or DVD materials. Instructor-led tutorials will mean you'll absorb the modules, one by one, via the expert demonstrations. Then it's time to test your knowledge by using practice-lab's. Make sure to obtain a study material demo' from any training college. You'll want to see slide-shows, instructor-led videos and lab's for you to practice your skills in.

Many companies provide training that is purely available online; and while this is acceptable much of the time, imagine the problems if internet access is lost or you get slow speeds and down-time etc. A safer solution is the provision of physical CD or DVD discs which removes the issue entirely.

When was the last time you considered how safe your job is? For most of us, we only think of this after something dramatic happens to shake us. However, the painful truth is that job security simply doesn't exist anymore, for most of us. When we come across rising skills shortages together with increasing demand however, we always locate a new kind of security in the marketplace; driven by conditions of continuous growth, companies find it hard to locate the staff required.

The IT skills-gap in the country is standing at over 26 percent, as shown by a recent e-Skills investigation. To explain it in a different way, this shows that the UK only has three properly accredited workers for each four job positions in existence currently. This single reality alone is the backbone of why the United Kingdom urgently requires a lot more people to enter the industry. With the market increasing at such a rate, could there honestly be a better sector worth taking into account for retraining.

Many people question why traditional academic studies are less in demand than the more commercial qualifications? With fees and living expenses for university students becoming a tall order for many, alongside the industry's recognition that accreditation-based training is often far more commercially relevant, we've seen a dramatic increase in Adobe, Microsoft, CISCO and CompTIA certified training paths that supply key solutions to a student for considerably less. Essentially, only required knowledge is taught. Actually, it's not quite as pared down as that, but the principle remains that students need to concentrate on the fundamentally important skill-sets (with some necessary background) - without overdoing the detail in all sorts of other things (as degree courses are known to do).

What if you were an employer - and you required somebody who had very specific skills. What should you do: Pore through a mass of different academic qualifications from several applicants, struggling to grasp what they've learned and what trade skills they've mastered, or select a specialised number of commercial certifications that exactly fulfil your criteria, and then choose your interviewees based around that. You'll then be able to concentrate on getting a feel for the person at interview - instead of having to work out if they can do the job.

An all too common mistake that we encounter all too often is to focus entirely on getting a qualification, instead of focusing on the end result they want to achieve. Schools are brimming over with students who chose a course based on what sounded good - in place of something that could gain them the career they desired. It's common, for example, to get a great deal of enjoyment from a year of study but end up spending 10 or 20 years in a tiresome job role, entirely because you stumbled into it without the correct research at the beginning.

It's well worth a long chat to see what expectations industry may have of you. Which particular certifications they will want you to have and how you'll go about getting some commercial experience. You should also spend a little time thinking about how far you think you'll want to build your skill-set as it may force you to choose a particular set of qualifications. Speak to a skilled professional who has a background in the industry you're considering, and is able to give you a detailed run-down of what tasks are going to make up a typical day for you. Contemplating this before you start on any learning course will save you both time and money.

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