Congratulate yourself that you’re reading this article! A fraction of the population enjoy their work and find it stimulating, but most of us simply moan about it and take no action. As you’ve reached this page it’s probable that you’re at least considering retraining, so even now you’re ahead of the game. Take your time now to get busy to find your direction.
We suggest that you discuss your ideas first – find an industry expert; an advisor who can get to the bottom of what you’ll like in a job, and work out what learning programs you may be suited to:
* Would you like to work with others? If you say yes, are you a team player or are you more comfortable dealing with strangers? Maybe you’d rather be left alone to get on with things?
* The building trade and the banking industry are none too stable today, so think carefully about the sector that will answer your needs?
* Would you like this to be the last time you’ll need to re-qualify?
* Do you have the assurance that your industry training course is commercially viable, and will have the ability to work right until retirement?
We would advise that you consider IT – it’s no secret that it’s getting bigger. IT isn’t all techie geeks lost in their computer screens all day – it’s true some IT jobs demand that, but the majority of roles are carried out by Joe averages who do very well out of it.
The area most overlooked by trainees thinking about a course is the issue of ‘training segmentation’. Basically, this means the method used to break up the program for delivery to you, which completely controls where you end up.
Most companies will sell you a 2 or 3 year study programme, and deliver each piece one-by-one as you pass each exam. Sounds reasonable? Well consider these facts:
What could you expect if you didn’t actually complete everything at the required speed? Often the prescribed exam order doesn’t work as well as an alternative path could be.
For the perfect solution, you want ALL the study materials up-front – giving you them all for the future to come back to – as and when you want. This also allows you to vary the order in which you attack each section where a more intuitive path can be found.
A expert and specialised consultant (vs a salesperson) will talk through your current situation. This is paramount to working out your study start-point.
Of course, if you have some relevant qualifications that are related, then you can sometimes expect to commence studying further along than a student who’s starting from scratch.
If you’re a new trainee starting IT studies and exams from scratch, it can be useful to start out slowly, by working on user-skills and software training first. This can be built into any study program.
We can all agree: There’s pretty much no personal job security anywhere now; there’s really only market or sector security – a company will drop any single member of staff whenever it suits the company’s trade requirements.
Wherever we find increasing skills shortages together with rising demand however, we almost always discover a fresh type of security in the marketplace; as fuelled by a continual growth, companies just can’t get the influx of staff needed.
Taking a look at the Information Technology (IT) business, a recent e-Skills survey brought to light a 26 percent shortfall of skilled workers. Put simply, we can only fill three out of each four job positions in the computing industry.
This one notion alone reveals why Great Britain is in need of many more trainees to enter the industry.
Quite simply, seeking in-depth commercial IT training as you progress through the years to come is likely the greatest career move you’ll ever make.
One thing you must always insist on is 24×7 round-the-clock support through professional mentors and instructors. Too many companies only seem to want to help while they’re in the office (9am till 6pm, Monday till Friday usually) and nothing at the weekends.
Look for training where you can access help at all hours of the day and night (no matter if it’s in the middle of the night on a weekend!) Make sure it’s always direct access to tutors, and not a message system as this will slow you down – consistently being held in a queue for a call-back when it’s convenient for them.
The very best training providers incorporate three or four individual support centres from around the world. Online access provides the interactive interface to seamlessly link them all, irrespective of the time you login, there is always help at hand, with no hassle or contact issues.
Never compromise with the quality of your support. Most would-be IT professionals that fall by the wayside, would have had a different experience if they’d got the right support package in the first place.