Network and PC support staff are more and more in demand in Great Britain, as businesses are becoming more reliant upon their knowledge and ability to fix and repair. Industry’s need for larger numbers of technically qualified people is enhanced, as society becomes significantly more beholden to computers in the twenty first century.
A big contender for the biggest issue to be got round for IT students is usually having to turn up to ‘In Centre’ days or workshops. Most training schools harp on about the positive points of taking part in these events, however, they quickly become a major problem because of:
* Loads of driving back and forth from the centre – usually very long trips.
* Requesting frequent time off work – typical schools provide weekday availability and often group days together in a clump. This isn’t ideal for most people who work, and it’s made more problematic when travel time is included.
* Annual leave lost – many trainees only have 20 days holiday. If over half of it is swallowed up by study classes, you haven’t got a great deal of holiday time remaining for the student.
* ‘In-Centre’ workshop days can ‘sell out’ fast and can sometimes be too big – so they’re not personal enough.
* A lot of trainees want to work as quickly as possible, but some need a more gentle learning curve and not be pushed beyond their comfort-zone. This breeds tension and bad atmosphere in most workshops.
* Count the cost of all the travel, fares, parking, food and accommodation and you’ll be in for a big surprise. Trainees have reported extra costs of hundreds to thousands of pounds over time. Break it down – and understand where they’re coming from.
* Not wanting employers to know about the training will be of paramount importance to many students. There’s no need to lose any job advancement, pay-rises or accomplishment at your current job because of your studies. If your work discovers you’ve committed to training in a different industry, how will they regard you?
* Surely, all of us at some time have avoided asking a question, because we wanted to fit in?
* It’s a fact; workshops frequently become virtually impossible to attend, where you work elsewhere in the country for part of your week or month.
It obviously makes so much more sense to be taught when it’s convenient for you – not the company – and make use of instructor-led videos with interactive lab’s.
If anything comes up, utilise the 24×7 Support (that should’ve been packaged with any technical type of training.) Bear in mind, if your PC is a notebook PC, you can study wherever you want.
It’s never going to matter how regularly you need to repeat a module, video instructors won’t ever lose patience! Plus, as an added bonus, note-taking is a thing of the past. Everything’s laid out there for immediate use.
The final outcome: Reduced hassle, more money in the bank, and absolutely no travelling.
It’s important to understand: the course itself or the accreditation isn’t what this is about; the career that you want is. Too many training companies over-emphasise the course or the qualification.
You could be training for only a year and end up doing a job for a lifetime. Ensure you avoid the fatal error of opting for what may seem to be an ‘interesting’ training program only to spend 20 years doing something you don’t even enjoy!
Stay tuned-in to where you want to go, and build your study action-plan from that – not the other way round. Stay on target and study for something that’ll reward you for many long and fruitful years.
As a precursor to beginning a particular learning program, it makes sense to talk through specific career needs with a skilled advisor, to make sure the learning course covers all the necessary elements.
Copyright 2010 Scott Edwards. Visit Computer Training Courses or www.Which-Career.co.uk/wcara.html.