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Congratulations! Reading this subject matter means you’re likely to be wondering about where you’re going, and if you’re considering retraining you’ve already done more than the majority of people will. It’s a frightening thought that a small minority of us describe ourselves as fulfilled in our working life – yet the vast majority of us will do absolutely nothing about it. We implore you to be different and take action – think about how you could enjoy Monday mornings.

Before embarking on a course, look for some advice – find an industry expert; someone who’ll give you career advice based on what works best for you, and analyse the courses which are appropriate for you:

* Are you hoping to be involved with others in the workplace? Would you prefer to work with a small team or with a lot of new people? Possibly operating on your own in isolation would be more your thing?

* What do you need from the industry your job is in? (If it’s stability you’re after, you might think twice about banks or the building industry right now.)

* Once you’ve trained, how many years work do anticipate working, and can your chosen industry offer you that opportunity?

* Do you have niggles with regard to your chances of finding new employment, and being gainfully employed right up to retirement?

The largest sector in the United Kingdom to meet the above criteria is the computer industry, particularly IT. There’s a shortage of qualified workers in the industry, simply have a look at a local jobs website and there’ll be a long list. Don’t let people tell you it’s all nerdy people gazing towards theirscreens all day – there are loads more jobs than that. Most of the people in IT are just like the rest of us, with well paid and stimulating jobs.

What is the reason why traditional degrees are less in demand than the more qualifications from the commercial sector?

With a growing demand for specific technological expertise, industry has moved to specialist courses that can only be obtained from the actual vendors – that is companies such as Microsoft, CompTIA, CISCO and Adobe. This frequently provides reductions in both cost and time.

Higher education courses, for example, can often get caught up in vast amounts of loosely associated study – and a syllabus that’s too generalised. Students are then held back from getting enough specific knowledge about the core essentials.

If an employer knows what work they need doing, then they simply need to advertise for someone with a specific qualification. The syllabuses are set to exacting standards and aren’t allowed to deviate (in the way that degree courses can).

You have to make sure that all your exams are current and commercially required – don’t bother with courses which end up with a useless in-house certificate or plaque.

You’ll find that only recognised accreditation from the top companies like Microsoft, CompTIA, Cisco and Adobe will have any meaning to employers.

Most trainers typically provide a shelf full of reference manuals. Learning like this is dull and repetitive and not ideal for taking things in.

Years of research and study has repeatedly verified that becoming involved with our studies, to utilise all our senses, will more likely produce memories that are deeper and longer-lasting.

Top of the range study programs now offer interactive CD and DVD ROM’s. By watching and listening to instructors on video tutorials you’ll take everything in through the demonstrations and explanations. Then you test your knowledge by interacting with the software and practicing yourself.

Make sure to obtain a look at some courseware examples from the training company. You should ask for expert-led demonstrations, slideshows and interactive labs where you get to practice.

Many companies provide just online versions of their training packages; and while this is acceptable much of the time, imagine the problems if internet access is lost or you get intermittent problems and speed issues. It’s much safer to rely on actual CD or DVD ROMs that removes the issue entirely.

One interesting way that training providers make more money is via an ‘exam inclusive’ package and offering an exam guarantee. It looks like a good deal, till you look at the facts:

You’ll pay for it ultimately. One thing’s for sure – it isn’t free – they’ve simply charged more for the whole training package.

Trainees who take exams one at a time, paying for them just before taking them are in a much stronger position to qualify at the first attempt. They are aware of their spending and take the necessary steps to ensure they are ready.

Why should you pay a college at the start of the course for exams? Find the best deal you can when you’re ready, don’t pay mark-ups – and do it in a local testing centre – rather than in some remote place.

Considerable numbers of so-called credible training companies net huge profits by asking for examinations upfront then hoping that you won’t take them all.

Re-takes of previously unsuccessful exams via organisations who offer an ‘Exam Guarantee’ inevitably are heavily regulated. They’ll insist that you take mock exams first to make sure they think you’re going to pass.

Paying maybe a thousand pounds extra on an ‘Exam Guarantee’ is naive – when a commitment to studying and the use of authorised exam preparation tools is what will really guarantee success.

Written by Scott Edwards. Pop to MCDST Training or www.MidLifeCareerChange.co.uk/LMLCC.html.



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