Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Computer Training At Home Uncovered

By Jason Kendall

Well done! Hitting upon this feature suggests you're thinking about your future, and if it's re-training you're considering you've already done more than almost everybody else. Did you know that hardly any of us describe ourselves as contented at work - but most will just put up with it. We encourage you to be different and move forward - you have the rest of your life to enjoy it.

When considering retraining, it's vital to first define your requirements from the position you'd like to train for. You need to know that things would be a lot better before much time and effort is spent re-directing your life. It's good sense to regard the big picture first, to make an informed decision:

* Do you like to work collaborating with people? Is that as part of a team or with a lot of new people? Possibly operating on your own on specific tasks would be more your thing?

* What do you require from the market sector you work in? (Things do change - look at the building trade, or banks for example.)

* Once you've trained, how many years work do anticipate working, and will the market sector offer you that opportunity?

* Are you concerned with regard to the chance of getting new work, and keeping a job until you plan to retire?

We would advise that you consider Information Technology - it's well known that it is one of the few growth sectors. It's not all nerdy people looking at computer screens constantly - naturally some IT jobs demand that, but the majority of roles are carried out by people like you and me who get on very well.

A useful feature provided by many trainers is job placement assistance. This is to assist your search for your first position. With the growing demand for appropriately skilled people in this country right now, there's no need to become overly impressed with this service however. It's not as difficult as you may be led to believe to get a job as long as you've got the necessary skills and qualifications.

However, avoid waiting until you have completed your exams before bringing your CV up to date. As soon as you start a course, enter details of your study programme and place it on jobsites!

Getting your CV considered is more than not being known. A surprising amount of junior positions are bagged by trainees (sometimes when they've only just got going.)

Most often, a specialist locally based recruitment consultancy (who will, of course, be keen to place you to receive their commission) is going to give you a better service than a centralised training company's service. They should, of course, also be familiar with the local area and commercial needs.

A big frustration for a number of training providers is how much people are focused on studying to get top marks in their exams, but how un-prepared they are to work on getting the role they've acquired skills for. Get out there and hustle - you might find it's fun.

Don't get hung-up, as many people do, on the certification itself. Training is not an end in itself; you should be geared towards the actual job at the end of it. You need to remain focused on where you want to go.

It's common, in some situations, to thoroughly enjoy one year of training and then spend 20 miserable years in a job you hate, as a consequence of not performing the correct research when you should've - at the outset.

Spend some time thinking about earning potential and what level of ambition fits you. This will influence what precise certifications will be expected and how much effort you'll have to give in return.

Talk to an experienced industry advisor who understands the work you're contemplating, and who can give you a detailed run-down of what you actually do in that role. Getting all these things right well before beginning a training course makes a lot of sense, doesn't it?

Looking at the myriad of choice out there, does it really shock us that the majority of trainees get stuck choosing the job they could be successful with.

As having no previous experience in the IT industry, in what way could we understand what someone in a particular job does?

Generally, the way to deal with this question appropriately flows from a deep discussion of a number of areas:

* What hobbies you have and enjoy - these can point towards what areas will give you the most reward.

* Are you driven to re-train for a specific motive - i.e. do you aim to work from home (maybe self-employment?)?

* What salary and timescale requirements you may have?

* Learning what the main work types and markets are - plus how they're different to each other.

* It's wise to spend some time thinking about the level of commitment you'll put into your training.

The bottom line is, your only chance of investigating all this is from an in-depth discussion with an advisor or professional that has enough background to lead you to the correct decision.

Watch out that all accreditations you're considering doing will be commercially viable and are up-to-date. The 'in-house' certifications provided by many companies are not normally useful in gaining employment.

From a commercial standpoint, only top businesses such as Microsoft, Cisco, Adobe or CompTIA (as an example) really carry any commercial clout. Nothing else makes the grade.

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