Just ten percent of adults in the United Kingdom are happy with what they do for a living. Of course, most will do nothing about it. The reality of your getting here at least indicates that you know it’s time to make a change.
Before you make decisions on individual courses, find an expert who will give you advice on which area will be right for you. Someone who has the ability to get to know your personality, and discover what type of job will be right for you:
* Are you hoping to be involved with others in the workplace? Is that as part of a team or with many new people? It could be working by yourself with your own methodology would be more your thing?
* Are you thinking carefully about which sector you could be employed in? (Post credit crunch, it’s vital to be selective.)
* Is this the final time you envisage re-training, and therefore, do you suppose your new career will allow you to do that?
* Do you think being qualified will give you the opportunity to find new work easily, and be gainfully employed until you wish to retire?
We would advise you to consider the IT sector – there are more positions than workers to do them, plus it’s a rare career choice where the market sector is still growing. In contrast to the beliefs of some, it isn’t just geeks looking at screens the whole time (though those jobs exist.) The vast majority of roles are taken by people like you and me who want to earn a very good living.
Many companies only look at the plaque to hang on your wall, and completely miss what you actually need – which is of course employment. Always start with the final destination in mind – don’t get hung-up on the training vehicle. Imagine training for just one year and then end up doing the actual job for 10-20 years. Don’t make the error of opting for what may seem to be a program of interest to you and then put 10-20 years into a job you don’t like!
Be honest with yourself about what you want to earn and what level of ambition fits you. Often, this changes what certifications you’ll need to attain and what you can expect to give industry in return. You’d also need help from someone that can explain the market you’re considering, and will be able to provide ‘A day in the life of’ synopsis of the job being considered. This is absolutely essential because you obviously have to know if you’re going down the right road.
If an advisor doesn’t question you thoroughly – it’s likely they’re actually nothing more than a salesman. If someone pushes specific products before getting to know your background and current experience level, then it’s very likely to be the case. With a strong background, or even a touch of live experience (possibly even some previous certification?) then it’s more than likely your starting point will be quite dissimilar from someone who is just starting out. Opening with a basic PC skills course first can be the best way to get into your computer program, but depends on your skill level.
Commercially accredited qualifications are now, very visibly, already replacing the more academic tracks into IT – why then is this? As demand increases for knowledge about more and more complex technology, industry has moved to the specialised training that the vendors themselves supply – in other words companies like CISCO, Adobe, Microsoft and CompTIA. This often comes in at a fraction of the cost and time. Patently, a certain degree of associated information must be learned, but precise specialisation in the areas needed gives a vendor educated student a distinct advantage.
When an employer is aware what work they need doing, then they simply need to advertise for the particular skill-set required. The syllabuses all have to conform to the same requirements and do not vary between trainers (like academia frequently can and does).
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