In the UK today, industry would struggle if it weren’t for support
workers fixing both computers and networks, while advising users on a
regular basis each week. As we are getting progressively reliant on
advanced technology, we simultaneously find ourselves increasingly
dependent on the well trained IT professionals, who maintain those
Students who consider this area of study are usually
quite practically-minded, and aren’t really suited to the classroom
environment, and endless reading of dry academic textbooks. If this is
putting you off studying, go for more modern interactive training, with
on-screen demonstrations and labs. Research over recent years has
consistently shown that an ‘involved’ approach to study, where we
utilise all our senses, is much more conducive to long-term memory.
Find a course where you’ll receive a library of CD and DVD based
materials – you’ll learn by watching video tutorials and
demonstrations, followed by the chance to fine-tune your skills in
fully interactive practice sessions. You must ensure that you see some
example materials from each company you’re contemplating. You’ll want
to see that they include instructor-led video demonstrations with
Go for disc based courseware (On CD or
DVD) whenever you can. You’re then protected from internet connection
failure and issues with signal quality.
Looking around, we
find a myriad of work available in Information Technology. Finding the
particular one in this uncertainty is a mammoth decision. Perusing a
list of IT job-titles is just a waste of time. Most of us have no
concept what our own family members do for a living – let alone
understand the ins and outs of a specific IT job. Getting to an
informed answer only comes via a meticulous analysis covering many
* What hobbies you’re involved with in your spare-time – often these show the possibilities will satisfy you.
* Why you want to consider starting in IT – is it to overcome some personal goal such as working from home maybe.
* Your earning requirements you may have?
* Because there are so many different sectors to gain certifications
for in IT – you’ll need to get a basic understanding of what separates
* Taking a serious look into the effort, commitment and time that you can put aside.
When all is said and done, the best way of checking this all out is by
means of a good talk with a professional who has enough background to
lead you to the correct decision.
If an advisor doesn’t ask
many questions – chances are they’re just a salesperson. If they’re
pushing towards a particular product before looking at your personality
and current experience level, then you know you’re being sold to. With
a strong background, or even a touch of commercial experience (possibly
even some previous certification?) then obviously the point from which
you begin your studies will be different from someone with no
background whatsoever. Always consider starting with some basic user
skills first. It can brush up on your current abilities and make the
slope up to the higher-levels a a little easier.
that’s often missed by those considering a training program is
‘training segmentation’. This is essentially the method used to break
up the program for timed release to you, which makes a huge difference
to the point you end up at. Most companies will sell you some sort of
program spread over 1-3 years, and send out each piece as you pass each
exam. If you think this sound logical, then consider this: Often, the
staged breakdown pushed by the company’s salespeople doesn’t suit all
of us. You may find it a stretch to finalise all the modules within
In all honesty, the perfect answer is to have
a copy of their prescribed order of study, but make sure you have all
of your learning modules right from the beginning. You’re then in
possession of everything if you don’t manage to finish as fast as