These days, industry couldn’t function properly without the help of support workers mending PC’s and networks, while making recommendations to users on a constant basis. Due to the progressively multifaceted levels of technology, many more trained staff are needed to look after the many areas we need to be sure will work effectively.
Often, trainers provide a shelf full of reference manuals. Learning like this is dull and repetitive and not a very good way of studying effectively.
Research into the way we learn shows that long term memory is improved when we use all our senses, and we get physically involved with the study process.
The latest audio-visual interactive programs involving demonstration and virtual lab’s will beat books every time. And you’ll actually enjoy doing them.
Be sure to get a study material demo’ from any training college. You should ask for instructor videos, demonstrations, slide-shows and virtual practice lab’s for your new skills.
Opt for disc based courseware (On CD or DVD) in all circumstances. You can then avoid all the difficulties of broadband ‘downtime’ or slow-speeds.
Talk to any specialised consultant and they’ll entertain you with many terrible tales of how students have been duped by salespeople. Only deal with an experienced professional that quizzes you to discover the most appropriate thing for you – not for their pay-packet! You need to find an ideal starting-point that fits you.
With some work-based experience or certification, you could discover that your appropriate starting-point is very different to someone completely new.
Commencing with a basic PC skills module first will sometimes be the most effective way to start into your computer training, but depends on your skill level.
Be watchful that any qualifications you’re working towards will be commercially viable and are up-to-date. ‘In-house’ exams and the certificates they come with are generally useless.
From an employer’s viewpoint, only the major heavyweights such as Microsoft, CompTIA, Adobe or Cisco (to give some examples) provide enough commercial weight. Nothing else will cut the mustard.
So many training providers are all about the certification, and forget what it’s all actually about – getting yourself a new job or career. Always start with the final destination in mind – don’t make the vehicle more important than the destination.
You may train for one year and then end up doing the job for 20 years. Ensure you avoid the fatal error of opting for what may seem to be a program of interest to you and then put 10-20 years into an unrewarding career!
Stay tuned-in to where you want to go, and build your study action-plan from that – avoid getting them back-to-front. Stay on target and begin studying for something you’ll enjoy for years to come.
Have a conversation with someone who has a commercial understanding of the realities faced in the industry, and could provide a detailed run-down of what to expect in that role. Establishing this before you start on any learning program will prevent a lot of wasted time and effort.