Well Done! As you’re reading this article it’s likely you’re thinking about retraining for a new career – so you’ve already done more than most. A small minority of us are happy and fulfilled in our work, but most just moan and do nothing about it. Why not be one of a small number who make a difference in their lives.
When considering retraining, it’s vital to first define what you want and don’t want from the job you’d like to train for. You need to know that things would be a lot better before your energies are focused on re-directing your life. So much better to look at the destination you’re hoping for, to make an informed decision:
* Do you like to be around others at work? Perhaps you like being a team player? Maybe you like to deal with tasks that you deal with by yourself?
* Are you considering which area you would be suited to? (In this economy, it’s vital to be selective.)
* Is this the last time you plan to retrain, and if so, will your chosen career path offer that choice?
* Are you worried about the possibility of getting new work, and keeping a job right up to retirement?
We ask you to have a good look at the IT sector – there are increasingly more jobs than employees, because it’s a rare career choice where the industry is still growing. Despite the beliefs of some, IT isn’t all techie people looking at screens every day (though naturally some jobs are like that.) The vast majority of roles are occupied by average folk who enjoy a very nice lifestyle due to better than average wages.
Proper support is incredibly important – find a program providing 24×7 full access, as anything else will annoy you and definitely impede your ability to learn. Be wary of any training providers that use ‘out-of-hours’ messaging systems – with your call-back scheduled for typical office hours. This is no use if you’re stuck and need help now.
The very best training providers use multiple support centres across multiple time-zones. They use an online interactive interface to seamlessly link them all together, any time of the day or night, help is at hand, with no hassle or contact issues. Never settle for a lower level of service. 24×7 support is the only kind to make the grade when it comes to IT study. Maybe late-evening study is not your thing; but for most of us, we’re at work at the time when most support is available. Nip over to thinking about Comptia Training for logical specifics.
Many students come unstuck over a single training area usually not even thought about: The method used to ‘segment’ the courseware before being physically delivered to you. You may think that it makes sense (with training often lasting 2 or 3 years to gain full certified status,) for your typical trainer to courier one section at a time, as you pass each element. But: How would they react if you didn’t complete each and every module at the speed they required? Often the prescribed exam order doesn’t work as well as another different route may.
For maximum flexibility and safety, it’s normal for most trainees to request that all their modules (now paid for) are couriered out in one package, all at the beginning. It’s then your own choice in what order and how fast or slow you want to work.
You should look for an authorised exam preparation system as part of your course package. Make sure that the mock exams are not just posing the correct questions in the right areas, but also asking them in the same way that the proper exam will pose them. This can really throw some trainees if they’re met with completely different formats and phraseologies. Ensure that you test your knowledge by doing quizzes and practice in simulated exam environments prior to taking the real deal.
All programs you’re considering should always lead to a fully recognised major qualification as an end-result – not an useless ‘in-house’ piece of paper. You’ll find that only recognised accreditation from companies such as Microsoft, Adobe, Cisco and CompTIA will open the doors to employers.