Should you have aspirations for a career in web design, then it’s critical to study Adobe Dreamweaver.
In order to use Dreamweaver professionally in web design, an in-depth and thorough understanding of the entire Adobe Web Creative Suite (including Flash and Action Script) is something to consider very seriously. With these skills, you might lead on to becoming an ACP (Adobe Certified Professional) or an ACE (Adobe Certified Expert).
Constructing the website is only the beginning of the skills needed though – to create traffic, maintain its content, and work on dynamic sites that are database driven, you’ll need to bolt on other programming skills, like HTML, PHP and MySQL. You should also gain a good understanding of E-Commerce and Search Engine Optimisation (SEO).
Some training providers have a handy Job Placement Assistance facility, to help you into your first commercial role. Because of the growing need for more IT skills in this country today, it’s not necessary to place too much emphasis on this feature however. It’s not as difficult as you may be led to believe to get the right work once you’re properly qualified.
Ideally you should have help with your CV and interview techniques though; and we’d recommend everybody to update their CV right at the beginning of their training – don’t put it off until you’ve qualified.
Getting onto the ‘maybe’ pile of CV’s is more than not being known. A decent number of junior support roles are bagged by trainees (sometimes when they’ve only just got going.)
If you don’t want to travel too far to work, then you may well find that a specialist locally based employment agency might be of more use than some national concern, due to the fact that they are much more inclined to be familiar with the local job scene.
A big grievance for various training providers is how hard men and women are prepared to study to become certified, but how un-prepared they are to work on getting the position they’re acquired skills for. Get out there and hustle – you might find it’s fun.
It’s clear nowadays: There’s very little evidence of individual job security anywhere now; there’s only industry and sector security – any company is likely to let anyone go whenever it fits the business’ business requirements.
We could however hit upon market-level security, by digging for high demand areas, together with shortages of trained staff.
Using the computer market for example, the last e-Skills analysis brought to light massive skills shortages in the UK of over 26 percent. To put it another way, this clearly demonstrates that the country is only able to source 3 certified professionals for every four jobs in existence today.
Fully trained and commercially educated new staff are therefore at a total premium, and it seems it will continue to be so for much longer.
No better time or market state of affairs will exist for obtaining certification in this hugely expanding and blossoming market.
You should only consider study courses that lead to industry approved exams. There are way too many small companies promoting unknown ‘in-house’ certificates which aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on in the real world.
You’ll discover that only industry recognised qualifications from the top companies like Microsoft, Adobe, Cisco and CompTIA will have any meaning to employers.
If an advisor doesn’t ask you a lot of questions – it’s more than likely they’re just a salesperson. If someone pushes specific products before understanding your background and current experience level, then it’s very likely to be the case.
It’s worth remembering, if you’ve had any relevant accreditation or direct-experience, then you will often be able to pick-up at a different starting-point to someone who is new to the field.
Consider starting with a user-skills course first. This can set the scene for your on-going studies and make your learning curve a much more gentle.