If you're thinking of being a web designer, you will need to study Adobe Dreamweaver. We'd also suggest that you become fully conversant with the complete Adobe Web Creative Suite, including Flash and Action Script, to be able to utilise Dreamweaver commercially as a web-designer. These skills can lead to becoming an Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) or Adobe Certified Professional (ACP).
Making websites is just the start of the necessary skill-set for today's web technicians. Why not find a course that includes important features like PHP, HTML and MySQL in order to know how to create traffic, maintain content and operate on dynamic sites that are database driven.
How can we arrive at the right decisions then? With all these possibilities, it's imperative to understand where to search - and what we should be searching for.
Don't put too much store, as can often be the case, on the accreditation program. You're not training for the sake of training; this is about employment. You need to remain focused on where you want to go. It's possible, for example, to thoroughly enjoy one year of training but end up spending 10 or 20 years in a tiresome job role, as a consequence of not performing the correct research at the beginning.
You'll want to understand what expectations industry may have of you. Which precise exams you'll be required to have and how you'll build your experience level. Spend some time assessing how far you think you'll want to get as often it can control your selection of qualifications. Seek out help from an experienced industry advisor who understands the sector you wish to join, and who can offer 'A day in the life of' synopsis of what duties you'll be performing on a day-to-day basis. It'd be sensible to know if this change is right for you before you commence your studies. There's little reason in starting your training and then discover you're on the wrong course.
Every program under consideration should always lead to a nationally (or globally) recognised accreditation at the end - and not a worthless 'in-house' diploma - fit only for filing away and forgetting. Only fully recognised examinations from the top companies like Microsoft, Cisco, CompTIA and Adobe will be useful to a future employer.
A lot of training providers will only offer support available from 9-6 (office hours) and sometimes later on specific days; not many go late into the evening (after 8-9pm) or cover weekends properly. Be wary of any training providers which use 'out-of-hours' messaging systems - with the call-back coming in during normal office hours. It's not a lot of help when you've got study issues and need an answer now.
If you look properly, you'll find the top providers who give students online support at all times - at any time of day or night. Find a training provider that offers this level of study support. As only true live 24x7 round-the-clock support truly delivers for technical programs.
Many trainers provide a shelf full of reference manuals. This can be very boring and not a very good way of achieving retention. If we can involve all our senses in the learning process, then we normally see dramatically better results.
Fully interactive motion videos featuring instructor demo's and practice lab's will beat books every time. And you'll find them fun and interesting. It's very important to see some example materials from the company you're considering. You'll want to see that they include full motion videos of instructors demonstrating the topic with lab's to practice the skills in.
It's unwise to opt for on-line only training. With highly variable reliability and quality from your average broadband company, you should always obtain actual CD or DVD ROM's.
A subtle way that colleges make extra profits is through up-front charges for exams then giving it 'Exam Guarantee' status. It looks impressive, until you think it through:
It's very clear we're ultimately paying for it - obviously it has been added into the gross price invoiced by the course provider. It's definitely not free (although some people will believe anything the marketing companies think up these days!) We all want to pass first time. Progressively working through your exams one at a time and funding them as you go puts you in a much stronger position to qualify at the first attempt - you take it seriously and are aware of the costs involved.
Doesn't it make more sense to hold on to your money and pay for the exam when you're ready, rather than coughing up months or even a year or two in advance to a college, and also to sit exams more locally - instead of miles away at the college's beck and call? Huge profits are made by a significant number of organisations who incorporate exam fees into the cost of the course. For quite legitimate reasons, a number of students don't get to do their exams but the company keeps the money. Astoundingly enough, there are training companies who actually rely on students not sitting all the exams - as that's where a lot of their profit comes from. Pay heed to the fact that, with the majority of Exam Guarantees - the company controls how often and when you can re-take the exam. Subsequent exam attempts are only authorised at the company's say so.
With average Prometric and VUE tests in the United Kingdom costing around 112 pounds, the most cost-effective way to cover the cost is by paying when you need them. There's no sense in throwing away maybe a thousand pounds extra at the start of your studies. Study, commitment and preparing with good quality mock and practice exams is what will really guarantee success.
We're regularly asked to explain why traditional degrees are being replaced by more commercially accredited qualifications? Corporate based study (in industry terminology) is far more specialised and product-specific. The IT sector has become aware that this level of specialised understanding is necessary to service the demands of an acceleratingly technical commercial environment. Microsoft, CompTIA, CISCO and Adobe are the key players in this arena. Of course, a reasonable quantity of associated detail needs to be taught, but focused specifics in the exact job role gives a commercially trained student a distinct advantage.
Assuming a company understands what work they need doing, then they simply need to advertise for a person with the appropriate exam numbers. The syllabuses all have to conform to the same requirements and aren't allowed to deviate (as academic syllabuses often do).
Can job security honestly exist anymore? In the UK for example, with businesses changing their mind at alarming speeds, we'd question whether it does. Security only exists now in a swiftly growing marketplace, driven forward by a shortfall of trained staff. This shortage creates just the right setting for a secure marketplace - a far better situation.
Recently, a United Kingdom e-Skills study showed that over 26 percent of computing and IT jobs haven't been filled as an upshot of a chronic shortage of properly qualified workers. That means for every 4 jobs available around IT, we've only got three properly trained pro's to fulfil that role. Appropriately trained and commercially accredited new staff are as a result at a complete premium, and it looks like they will be for a long time. With the market expanding at such a rate, it's unlikely there's any better sector worth investigating for a new career.