There are lots of study choices on the market for people who’d like to get into working with computers. For assistance in selecting a good match for you, look at organisations with assistance to work with you to identify which job will suit your characteristics, or at least explain the details of the job, to help you clearly understand whether you’ve found the right one.
Training ranges from Microsoft User Skills to Web Design, Databases, Programming and Networking. There is a huge amount of choice and so it’s probably best to have a conversation with an experienced advisor prior to making your choice: the last thing you want to do is start the wrong training for an area that you don’t enjoy!
These days, there are a variety of easily understood and well priced courses around that furnish you with a great learning experience.
How the program is actually delivered to you can often be overlooked. In what way are your training elements sectioned? What is the order and what control do you have at what pace it arrives?
Typically, you will purchase a course requiring 1-3 years study and get sent one module each time you pass an exam. This sounds logical on one level, until you consider this:
Many students find that the trainer’s typical path to completion doesn’t suit. It’s often the case that a slightly different order suits them better. Perhaps you don’t make it at the pace they expect?
To avoid any potential future issues, most students now choose to have all their training materials (which they’ve now paid for) posted to them in one go, with nothing held back. It’s then your own choice in which order and at what speed you’d like to take your exams.
Does job security honestly exist anymore? In the UK for example, where business constantly changes its mind on a whim, it seems increasingly unlikely.
Of course, a sector experiencing fast growth, where staff are in constant demand (due to an enormous shortfall of fully trained people), enables the possibility of proper job security.
With the IT market for example, a recent e-Skills analysis showed major skills shortages around the country around the 26 percent mark. Put directly, we can only fill three out of every four jobs in IT.
Attaining full commercial Information Technology qualification is as a result a fast-track to succeed in a long-lasting as well as pleasing occupation.
It would be hard to imagine if a better time or market state of affairs is ever likely to exist for gaining qualification for this swiftly expanding and budding business.
A competent and specialised consultant (vs a salesperson) will ask questions and seek to comprehend your current experience level and abilities. There is no other way of understanding your study start-point.
If you’ve got any real-world experience or qualifications, it may be that your starting point of study is now at a different level to a new student.
Where this will be your initial crack at studying to take an IT exam then you should consider whether to cut your teeth on some basic user skills first.
You should remember: a course itself or a certification is not the ultimate goal; the particular job that you want to end up in is. Many trainers unfortunately over-emphasise the course or the qualification.
Don’t let yourself become one of those unfortunate students who select a program that seems ‘fun’ or ‘interesting’ – and end up with a plaque on the wall for a job they hate.
It’s well worth a long chat to see what industry will expect from you. Which accreditations you’ll need and how you’ll go about getting some commercial experience. Spend some time thinking about how far you reckon you’re going to want to get as it will often control your selection of qualifications.
It’s good advice for all students to talk with a skilled professional before deciding on their learning programme. This helps to ensure it contains the commercially required skills for that career path.