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How can we arrive at an educated decision then? With all these possibilities, we have to know where we should be looking - and exactly what to be looking for.
The market provides a myriad of professional positions up for grabs in the IT industry. Deciding which one could be right for yourself is generally problematic. How can most of us possibly understand the many facets of a particular career when it's an alien environment to us? Maybe we haven't met someone who works in that sector anyway. To get to the bottom of this, a discussion is necessary, covering a number of unique issues:
* Your hobbies and interests - often these point towards what areas will satisfy you.
* Are you aiming to realise an important goal - like working for yourself someday?
* Is your income higher on your priority-scale than some other areas.
* When taking into account all that the IT industry covers, it's obvious you'll need to be able to absorb what is different.
* It's wise to spend some time thinking about any sacrifices you'll need to make, as well as what commitment and time you'll put into your training.
In these situations, the only way to seek advice on these matters will be via a meeting with a professional that has experience of IT (and more importantly it's commercial requirements.)
It's likely that you're quite practically minded - the 'hands-on' individual. Usually, the unfortunate chore of reading reference guides is something you'll force on yourself if you absolutely have to, but it's not really your thing. You should use video and multimedia based materials if books just don't do it for you. We see a huge improvement in memory retention when we use multiple senses - this has been an accepted fact in expert circles for as long as we can remember.
Locate a program where you'll receive a library of CD and DVD based materials - you'll begin by watching videos of instructors demonstrating the skills, and be able to practice your skills in interactive lab's. You'll definitely want a look at some courseware examples from your training provider. You'll want to see instructor videos, demonstrations, slide-shows and lab's for you to practice your skills in.
It's folly to choose training that is only available online. Because of the variable quality and reliability of most broadband providers, you should always obtain disc based courseware (On CD or DVD).
If you forget everything else - then just remember this: You have to get round-the-clock 24x7 instructor and mentor support. We can tell you that you'll strongly regret it if you let this one slide. Beware of institutions which use call-centres 'out-of-hours' - where you'll get called back during the next 'working' day. This is useless when you're stuck and need help now.
The most successful trainers have many support offices from around the world. Online access provides the interactive interface to provide a seamless experience, irrespective of the time you login, help is at hand, without any contact issues or hassle. Don't under any circumstances take a lower level of service. Direct-access round-the-clock support is the only kind to make the grade for IT study. Maybe late-evening study is not your thing; usually though, we're at work during the provided support period.
In amongst the top nominees for the most common difficulty in IT training can be attending multi-day workshops. A lot of certification companies push the positive points of taking part in these events, but most students end up finding them a growing difficulty due to:
* Constant travelling - hundreds of miles in more cases than not.
* Requesting time off work - a lot of trainers provide class availability from Monday to Friday and group several days in a chunk. This is generally difficult for those of us who work for a living, and this is made worse when you add the travel time on.
* At only 4 weeks holiday each year, sacrificing half of them for training events leaves very little time for holidays.
* 'In-Centre' days can fill up very quickly and will likely end up bigger than you'd hoped.
* Workshop pace - classes can have trainees of mixed talent, so tension can run high between those that want to go quickly as opposed to the ones who need a little longer.
* The growing costs associated with travel - driving or taking public transport to and from the training facility plus bed and breakfast can mount up each time you attend. If we just assume a basic 5-10 workshops at a cost of 35 pounds for one over-night room, plus 40 pounds petrol and food at 15 pounds, we find an extra four to nine hundred pounds of hidden costs on top.
* You should never risk any chance of getting passed-over for a lift up the ladder or income boosts just because you're retraining.
* Most of us find it difficult to ask questions while sitting with other trainees - because none of us wants to look like we don't understand.
* Being away from home with your work during the week - many students have to work or live somewhere else for part of the programme. Workshops become hard to get to, yet the monies have already been handed over as part of your fees.
Surely it makes a lot more sense to study when it's convenient for you - not the company - and use virtual lab environments with videos of your instructors. Any time you get a problem, utilise the 24x7 Support (that should've been packaged with any technical type of training.) Don't forget, if you've got a laptop, you could study in breaks at work. Classes and lessons can be repeated whenever you feel you need to - repetition is good for memory. And there's no need to take notes - everything is already laid on for you. Essentially: You save time, hassle, money and steer clear of polluting our environment.
Often, people don't really get what IT is doing for all of us. It is stimulating, innovative, and means you're doing your bit in the gigantic wave of technology that will change our world over the next few decades. There are people who believe that the increase in technology we have experienced is slowing down. There is no truth in this at all. We have yet to experience incredible advances, and most especially the internet will become an increasingly dominant part of our lives.
Always remember that the average salary in the IT market in Great Britain is significantly greater than average salaries nationally, therefore you'll most likely earn significantly more as an IT specialist, than you would in most typical jobs. It seems there's no easing up for IT jobs expansion in the United Kingdom. The sector is still growing enormously, and we don't have anywhere near enough qualified skilled IT professionals to fill current job vacancies, so it's highly unlikely that there'll be any kind of easing off for quite some time to come.