In these days of super efficiency, support workers who have the ability to mend PC’s and networks, plus give ongoing help to users, are vital in all sections of industry. Our requirement for more technically qualified people multiplies, as society becomes significantly more beholden to computers in today’s environment.
Proper support is incredibly important – look for a package offering 24×7 direct access to instructors, as anything else will annoy you and definitely hold up your pace and restrict your intake.
Locate training schools with help available at any time you choose (even if it’s early hours on Sunday morning!) Make sure it’s always 24×7 direct access to mentors and instructors, and not simply some messaging service that means you’re parked in a queue of others waiting to be called back – probably during office hours.
We recommend looking for training schools that incorporate three or four individual support centres active in different time-zones. Every one of them needs to be seamlessly combined to offer a simple interface and round-the-clock access, when it’s convenient for you, with no hassle.
Never make do with a lower level of service. Direct-access 24×7 support is the only kind that ever makes the grade with technical training. Perhaps you don’t intend to study during the evenings; but for most of us, we’re working when traditional support if offered.
An all too common mistake that we encounter all too often is to focus entirely on getting a qualification, and take their eye off where they want to get to. Colleges are brimming over with unaware students who took a course because it seemed fun – rather than what would get them an enjoyable career or job.
You may train for one year and then end up doing the job for 20 years. Don’t make the error of opting for what may seem to be an ‘interesting’ training program and then spend decades in an unrewarding career!
It’s well worth a long chat to see what industry will expect from you. Which precise exams they’ll want you to gain and in what way you can gain some industry experience. It’s also worth spending time thinking about how far you think you’ll want to progress your career as often it can force you to choose a particular set of exams.
Take advice from a professional advisor, even if you have to pay – as it’s a lot cheaper and safer to find out at the start whether you’ve chosen correctly, rather than find out after several years of study that you aren’t going to enjoy the job you’ve chosen and have to start from the beginning again.
Locating job security these days is very unusual. Businesses can drop us from the workforce at a moment’s notice – whenever it suits.
In actuality, security now only emerges in a fast rising market, driven by a lack of trained workers. It’s this shortage that creates the right conditions for a secure marketplace – definitely a more pleasing situation.
The IT skills-gap in the United Kingdom is standing at approximately twenty six percent, according to the most recent e-Skills survey. That means for each four job positions existing across computing, we have only 3 certified professionals to fulfil that role.
This single reality on its own underpins why the United Kingdom urgently requires considerably more people to get into the industry.
Because the IT sector is evolving at such a rate, there really isn’t any other sector worth investigating as a retraining vehicle.
We’re regularly asked to explain why academic qualifications are less in demand than the more commercial qualifications?
Accreditation-based training (as it’s known in the industry) is far more effective and specialised. The IT sector has realised that specialisation is what’s needed to meet the requirements of an acceleratingly technical commercial environment. Microsoft, CompTIA, CISCO and Adobe are the big boys in this field.
Vendor training works by honing in on the skills that are really needed (along with a relevant amount of background knowledge,) as opposed to covering masses of the background non-specific minutiae that academic courses can get bogged down in – to pad out the syllabus.
Think about if you were the employer – and your company needed a person with some very particular skills. What’s the simplest way to find the right person: Wade your way through loads of academic qualifications from various applicants, struggling to grasp what they’ve learned and which workplace skills they have, or choose particular accreditations that exactly fulfil your criteria, and make your short-list from that. You can then focus on how someone will fit into the team at interview – rather than establishing whether they can do a specific task.