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Almost exclusively, Adobe Dreamweaver is the first base for all web designers. It’s reputed to be the most used web-development environment in the world. The full Adobe Web Creative Suite additionally should be studied in detail. This will introduce you to Flash and Action Script, amongst others, and could lead on to the ACP (Adobe Certified Professional) or an ACE (Adobe Certified Expert) qualification.
Creating a website only scratches the surface of what’s needed – to maintain content, create traffic, and work on dynamic sites that are database driven, you will have to learn more programming skills, like PHP, HTML, and MySQL. A good web designer will additionally gain a working knowledge of E-Commerce and SEO (Search Engine Optimisation).
Technology and IT is one of the most thrilling and changing industries to be involved in today. To be dealing with leading-edge technology puts you at the fore-front of developments affecting everyone who lives in the 21st century. There are people who believe that the technological revolution we’ve been going through is cooling down. All indicators point in the opposite direction. There are huge changes to come, and most especially the internet is going to dominate how we conduct our lives.
Always remember that on average, the income of a person in the IT sector across the UK is considerably greater than remuneration packages in other industries, so in general you will probably earn significantly more as a trained IT professional, than you could reasonably hope to achieve elsewhere. There is a great national requirement for certified IT specialists. It follows that with the marketplace continuing to expand, it looks like this pattern will continue for quite some time to come.
Seeing as the UK computing industry grants so many great job possibilities for everyone – then what are the questions we need to pose and what areas carry the most importance?
You should remember: the actual training or a certification is not what you’re looking for; the particular job that you want is. A lot of colleges seem to over-emphasise the course or the qualification. It’s possible, for example, to obtain tremendous satisfaction from a year of studying and then spend 20 miserable years in a tiresome job role, as an upshot of not doing the correct research when it was needed – at the start.
Make sure you investigate what your attitude is towards career development, earning potential, and whether you intend to be quite ambitious. It’s vital to know what will be expected of you, which qualifications are needed and where you’ll pick-up experience from. Talk to a skilled advisor who has a commercial understanding of the realities faced in the industry, and who’ll explain to you detailed descriptions of what to expect in that role. Contemplating this well before you start on any retraining programme will prevent a lot of wasted time and effort.
The classroom style of learning we remember from school, utilising reference manuals and books, is an up-hill struggle for the majority of us. If this sounds like you, find training programs that are on-screen and interactive. If we can get all of our senses involved in our learning, our results will often be quite spectacular.
You can now study via self-contained CD or DVD materials. By watching and listening to instructors on video tutorials you’ll learn your subject through the demonstrations and explanations. Then it’s time to test your knowledge by utilising the practice lab’s and modules. All companies should be able to show you some samples of the type of training materials they provide. You’re looking for evidence of tutorial videos and demonstrations and a variety of interactive modules.
Often, companies will only use purely on-line training; sometimes you can get away with this – but, consider how you’ll deal with it if you lose your internet access or you get intermittent problems and speed issues. It’s preferable to have DVD or CD discs that removes the issue entirely.
At the top of your shopping list for a training program should be proper direct-access 24×7 support through expert mentors and instructors. Too many companies only provide office hours (or extended office hours) support. Never accept training that only supports you through a call-centre messaging service after 6-9pm in the evening and during weekends. Training organisations will give you every excuse in the book why you don’t need this. The bottom line is – support is needed when it’s needed – not at times when they find it cheaper to provide it.
As long as you look hard, you will find the top providers that give students direct-access support 24×7 – no matter what time of day it is. Never compromise where support is concerned. Most IT hopefuls who can’t get going properly, are in that situation because of a lack of support.
What is the reason why qualifications from colleges and universities are now falling behind more qualifications from the commercial sector? With 3 and 4 year academic degree costs becoming a tall order for many, and the IT sector’s increasing awareness that vendor-based training most often has much more commercial relevance, we have seen a big surge in Adobe, Microsoft, CISCO and CompTIA certified training routes that provide key skills to an employee at a much reduced cost in terms of money and time. Typically, the learning just focuses on what’s actually required. It isn’t quite as lean as that might sound, but the principle remains that students need to focus on the exact skills required (with some necessary background) – without going into too much detail in all sorts of other things (as academia often does).
Assuming a company knows what work they need doing, then all they have to do is advertise for the exact skill-set required to meet that need. Syllabuses are set to meet an exact requirement and do not vary between trainers (like academia frequently can and does).
A subtle way that colleges make more money is through up-front charges for exams then giving it ‘Exam Guarantee’ status. This sounds impressive, but let’s just examine it more closely:
Obviously it isn’t free – you’re still being charged for it – it’s just been included in your package price. Trainees who go in for their examinations when it’s appropriate, paying for them just before taking them are much more likely to pass. They are conscious of the cost and take the necessary steps to make sure they’re ready.
Isn’t it in your interests to go for the best offer when you’re ready, not to pay the fees marked up by a college, and to do it in a local testing office – rather than in some remote centre? A great deal of money is made by some training companies that get money for exam fees in advance. For quite legitimate reasons, a number of students don’t get to do their exams and so they pocket the rest. Astoundingly enough, there are providers who rely on that fact – as that’s where a lot of their profit comes from. Re-takes of any failed exams with training companies who offer an ‘Exam Guarantee’ are always heavily controlled. They will insist that you take pre-tests first till you’ve proven conclusively that you can pass.
Due to typical VUE and Prometric examinations in the United Kingdom costing around 112 pounds, by far the best option is to pay for them as you take them. It’s not in the student’s interests to fork out hundreds or thousands of pounds for exams when enrolling on a course. A commitment to studying and the use of authorised exam preparation tools are actually the key to your success.
A service offered by some training providers is job placement assistance. This is designed to help you get your first commercial position. Ultimately it’s not as hard as some people make out to find the right work – as long as you’ve got the necessary skills and qualifications; employers in this country need your skills.
Ideally you should have CV and Interview advice and support though; and we’d recommend everyone to bring their CV up to date right at the beginning of their training – don’t put it off until you’ve graduated or passed any exams. Quite often, you’ll secure your first job whilst still on the course (sometimes when you’ve only just got going). If your course details aren’t on your CV – or it’s not getting in front of interviewers, then you don’t stand a chance! The most reliable organisations to help you find a job are most often specialist locally based employment services. Because they only get paid when they place you, they’ll work that much harder to get a result.
Essentially, if you put as much hard work into finding a position as into training, you’re not going to hit many challenges. A number of men and women bizarrely invest a great deal of time on their learning program and just give up once qualified and seem to expect employers to find them.