Were it not for a continuous flood of knowledgeable PC and network support staff, business in the United Kingdom (and around the world) would be likely to be brought to its knees. Therefore, there’s an ever growing demand for technically able people to support both the systems and the users themselves. Our country’s need for increasing numbers of skilled and qualified individuals grows, as we turn out to be vastly more reliant on PC’s in these modern times.
Any program that you’re going to undertake really needs to work up to a properly recognised exam as an end-result – and not some unimportant ‘in-house’ plaque for your wall. The top IT companies such as Microsoft, Cisco, CompTIA or Adobe all have internationally renowned proficiency programs. These big-hitters can make sure you stand out at interview.
A capable and practiced advisor (in contrast with a salesperson) will talk through your current situation. This is vital for establishing the point at which you need to start your studies. If you have a strong background, or perhaps a bit of work-based experience (some industry qualifications maybe?) then it could be that your starting point will vary from someone who is just starting out. Commencing with a basic PC skills course first can be the best way to get up and running on your IT program, depending on your current skill level.
It’s clear nowadays: There’s no such thing as individual job security now; there’s only industry or sector security – any company is likely to fire a solitary member of staff whenever it suits the business’ business interests. Whereas a quickly growing market-place, with huge staffing demands (as there is a big shortfall of fully trained people), creates the conditions for real job security.
A rather worrying UK e-Skills analysis demonstrated that more than 26 percent of all available IT positions remain unfilled mainly due to an appallingly low number of properly qualified workers. It follows then that for every four jobs that exist in computing, businesses can only locate trained staff for 3 of the 4. Highly skilled and commercially accredited new workers are thus at a resounding premium, and in all likelihood it will stay that way for many years to come. With the market developing at such a rate, it’s unlikely there’s any better market worth taking into account as a retraining vehicle.
Many companies only concern themselves with gaining a certificate, and completely avoid the reasons for getting there – getting yourself a new job or career. Always begin with the end in mind – don’t make the journey more important than where you want to get to. Never let yourself become part of the group who set off on a track that seems ‘fun’ or ‘interesting’ – and end up with a certification for an unrewarding career path.
You must also consider what your attitude is towards career progression and earning potential, and if you’re ambitious or not. It makes sense to understand what the role will demand of you, which particular exams are needed and how you’ll gain real-world experience. Have a conversation with an experienced industry professional that has a commercial understanding of the realities faced in the industry, and who’ll explain to you an in-depth explanation of what tasks are going to make up a typical day for you. Getting all these things right well before beginning a training path will save you both time and money.
A successful training program will incorporate Microsoft (or key company) exam preparation systems. As the majority of examining boards for IT are American, you need to become familiar with their phraseology. You can’t practice properly by simply answering any old technical questions – it’s essential that you can cope with them in the proper exam format. Ensure that you test your knowledge by doing quizzes and practice in simulated exam environments to prepare you for taking the proper exam.