Nice One! As you’re reading this article you’re probably toying with the idea of getting re-qualified for a new job – so already you’ve made a start. Less of us than you’d think are happy and fulfilled in our work, but most complain but just stay there. So, why not be one of the few who actually do something about it.
On the subject of training, it’s important to initially know your expectations from the position you’re hoping to qualify for. Ensure that things would be a lot better before you spend time and effort re-directing your life. We recommend looking at the whole story first, to steer clear of regrets:
* Would you like to work with others? If so, do you like working with the same people or do you want to meet lots of new people? Or would you rather work alone with a task?
* The banks and building sector are a little shaky at the moment, so which sector will be best for you?
* Is this the last time you imagine you’ll re-train, and if so, will your chosen career path service that need?
* Is it important for your retraining to be in a market sector where you’re comfortable your chances of gainful employment are high until your pension kicks in?
Don’t overlook the IT industry, it will be well worth your time – you’ll find it’s one of the only growth areas in this country and overseas. Another benefit is that remuneration packages are much better than most.
It’s important to understand: a training itself or an accreditation is not the ultimate goal; the career that you want to end up in is. Far too many training organisations completely prioritise the piece of paper.
Don’t be one of those unfortunate people that choose a course which looks like it could be fun – and end up with a certification for a job they hate.
Stay tuned-in to where you want to go, and formulate your training based on that – not the other way round. Stay focused on the end-goal – making sure you’re training for a career you’ll enjoy for years to come.
Seek out help from a skilled professional that appreciates the market you’re interested in, and is able to give you ‘A day in the life of’ synopsis of what you’ll actually be doing with each working day. It makes good sense to understand whether or not this is right for you well before you jump into the study-program. There’s little reason in starting to train only to realise you’ve made a huge mistake.
A successful training package will undoubtedly also offer fully authorised exam preparation systems.
Sometimes people can get thrown by going through practice questions that aren’t recognised by official sources. Often, the question formats and phraseology is startlingly different and it’s vital that you know this.
A way to build self-confidence is if you check how much you know through quizzes and mock ups of exams before you take the proper exam.
When was the last time you considered how safe your job is? Normally, this isn’t an issue until something goes wrong. But really, the reality is that our job security has gone the way of the dodo, for nearly everyone now.
Security only exists now through a quickly escalating marketplace, driven forward by a shortfall of trained staff. It’s this alone that creates the correct setting for a secure marketplace – a far better situation.
Reviewing the computer market, the recent e-Skills survey showed an over 26 percent shortage in trained professionals. Therefore, for every 4 jobs existing across computing, businesses can only source trained staff for 3 of the 4.
Accomplishing proper commercial Information Technology qualification is consequently a fast-track to a life-long as well as satisfying career.
It would be hard to imagine if a better time or market settings is ever likely to exist for obtaining certification in this rapidly increasing and budding industry.
If an advisor doesn’t ask you a lot of questions – it’s likely they’re actually nothing more than a salesman. If they wade straight in with a specific product before getting to know your background and whether you have any commercial experience, then it’s very likely to be the case.
If you’ve got a strong background, or maybe some live experience (possibly even some previous certification?) then it’s more than likely the level you’ll need to start at will be quite dissimilar from someone with no background whatsoever.
For those students embarking on IT studies anew, it can be helpful to ease in gradually, beginning with some basic PC skills training first. This is often offered with most accreditation programs.