A very small number of men and women in the UK today are pleased and contented with their working life. Of course, most will take no action. The fact that you’ve got this far if nothing else means that you’re considering or may be ready for a change.
For those thinking of re-training, it’s crucial that you have in mind what you DO want and DON’T want from the job you’d like to train for. You need to know that you would be more satisfied before much time and effort is spent taking a new turn. It’s good sense to regard the destination you’re hoping for, to make the right judgements:
* Do you enjoy a busy working environment? Perhaps you like being a team player? Or are you better with things that you can get on with on your own?
* Which criteria’s are fundamental with regard to the industry you’ll work in?
* Is this the last time you want to study, and if so, do you believe this career choice will offer that choice?
* Are you concerned with regard to your possibilities of getting new work, and keeping a job until you plan to retire?
We ask you to really explore the IT sector – there are greater numbers of positions than people to do them, and it’s one of the few choices of career where the sector is still growing. Despite what some people believe, IT isn’t all techie people lost in their PC’s every day (though those jobs exist.) Most positions are filled by people like you and me who enjoy better than average salaries.
If you’re considering a training school that still provides ‘in-centre workshop days’ as part of their program, then you should know about these typical downsides met by the majority of trainees:
* Constant long journeys – very long trips usually.
* For those of us that work, then weekday workshops are hard to attend. You’re usually facing two or three days together to make it worse.
* I think you’d agree that we usually end up feeling 4 weeks off each year isn’t enough by far. Take away at least half of this for educational workshops and you’ll experience even more problems.
* Workshops usually get fully subscribed quite quickly, leaving us with a less-than-ideal slot.
* Workshop pace – classes can contain trainees of mixed aptitude, consequently tension can be created between those that want to go quickly as opposed to those with less experience.
* Take into account all of all the petrol, fares, food, accommodation and parking and you could be in for a major shock. Attendees have reported extra costs ranging from hundreds to over a thousand pounds. Break it down – and understand where they’re coming from.
* Most attendees want their training to remain private and therefore avoiding all management questions whilst in their current job.
* Don’t think it’s unusual for attendees not to pose the question that’s bugging them – purely down to the fact that they’re surrounded by fellow attendees.
* Working and living away – a minority of trainees find they’re living or working away for part of their training. Classes become hard to get to, unfortunately you’ve already coughed up the readies when you paid initially.
It would be better to watch on-screen and be trained by instructors one-to-one in pre-made lessons, studying them when it suits you – not somebody else.
Just imagine… Utilising a notebook PC then you could learn in the garden, a park, or just outside. And 24×7 support is only a web-browser click away in case of difficulty.
Forget taking notes – all the lessons are prepared and laid out for you – ready to go. Anything you want to do over, just go for it.
Could it be simpler: Time and money is saved and travelling is avoided altogether; plus you get a more relaxed learning environment.
Ask almost any knowledgeable advisor and they can normally tell you many terrible tales of students who’ve been sold completely the wrong course for them. Make sure you deal with an experienced industry advisor who digs deep to find out what’s right for you – not for their bank-account! You must establish a starting-point that will suit you.
With a bit of commercial experience or qualifications, your starting-point of learning is not the same as someone new to the industry.
It’s wise to consider some basic user skills first. Beginning there can make the slope up to the higher-levels a less steep.