Congratulate yourself that you’re reading this article! Only one in ten folks say they enjoy their work, but the majority just bitch about it and that’s it. Because you’ve done research we can guess that you’re finding out about training, so even now you’re ahead of the game. Now you just need to discover where you want to go and get going.
Before we even think about specific training programs, look for an advisor who will be able to guide you on the right type of training for you. A person who will ask questions about your likes and dislikes, and discover what job role you’ll be most comfortable with:
* Do you hope for interaction with others? If you say yes, are you a team player or are you more comfortable dealing with strangers? Or are you better working in isolation?
* What do you need from the industry your job is in? – We all know that things have changed, look at building and banking for instance.
* When you’ve done all your re-training, would you like your skills to take you through to retirement?
* Will this new qualification allow you to find new work easily, and be gainfully employed until your retirement plans kick in?
The biggest industry in this country to meet the above criteria is the IT sector. There’s a demand for more skilled staff in this sector, just search any jobs website and you will find them yourself. But don’t think it’s all nerdy people staring at theirscreens all day long – it’s much more diverse than that. Most of staff in the computer industry are just like the rest of us, and they have very interesting and well paid jobs.
You have to be sure that all your exams are current and commercially required – don’t even consider programmes which lead to some in-house certificate (which is as useless as if you’d printed it yourself).
All the major commercial players like Microsoft, Adobe, CompTIA or Cisco each have nationally renowned skills programmes. Huge conglomerates such as these can make sure you stand out at interview.
When did you last consider the security of your job? For most people, we only think of this after something goes wrong. Unfortunately, The cold truth is that job security is a thing of the past, for most of us.
However, a fast growing sector, where staff are in constant demand (through a growing shortage of properly qualified staff), provides a market for proper job security.
The IT skills shortfall throughout Great Britain currently stands at around twenty six percent, according to a recent e-Skills survey. Meaning that for every four jobs in existence across the computer industry, there are only 3 trained people to fill that need.
Attaining proper commercial computing qualification is accordingly a ‘Fast Track’ to a continuing and satisfying line of work.
For sure, now, more than ever, really is such a perfect time for retraining into Information Technology (IT).
Starting from the viewpoint that it’s necessary to home-in on the job we want to do first and foremost, before we can even weigh up what career training meets that requirement, how can we choose the right path?
Working through a list of IT job-titles is next to useless. The majority of us don’t even know what the neighbours do for a living – so we’re in the dark as to the subtleties of a new IT role.
Arriving at a well-informed choice only comes from a meticulous investigation of several altering areas:
* What hobbies you have and enjoy – often these point towards what possibilities you’ll get the most enjoyment out of.
* Are you hoping to get certified for a certain raison d’etre – e.g. are you pushing to work based from home (self-employment possibly?)?
* Have you thought about salary vs the travel required?
* Because there are so many ways to train in Information Technology – there’s a need to gain some key facts on what makes them different.
* You should also think long and hard about what kind of effort and commitment you’re going to invest in gaining your certifications.
To completely side-step all the jargon and confusion, and find the best route for you, have an informal chat with an experienced professional; someone who understands the commercial reality whilst covering the certifications.
What is the reason why qualifications from colleges and universities are being replaced by more qualifications from the commercial sector?
With an ever-increasing technical demand on resources, industry has of necessity moved to specialist courses only available through the vendors themselves – namely companies like Adobe, Microsoft, CISCO and CompTIA. Often this saves time and money for the student.
Many degrees, for example, often get bogged down in vast amounts of loosely associated study – with much too broad a syllabus. This holds a student back from learning the core essentials in sufficient depth.
It’s rather like the advert: ‘It does what it says on the label’. Employers simply need to know what areas need to be serviced, and then match up the appropriate exam numbers as a requirement. That way they can be sure they’re interviewing applicants who can do the job.