Selecting the correct IT training course can be one of the most important decisions that a person makes. This can affect their career, income, and quality of life for years. Changing careers or beginning a new one can be extremely difficult even with the best of preparation and training.
What Is the goal?
It can be nearly impossible if that training was somehow inadequate. Below is an overview of some things to consider when choosing an IT training course so as to make sure that it is the correct one. The first and most important question which needs to be asked is what is the goal of the training course? Are you actually looking for a career or just trying to become more computer literate? If the goal is a career, what area of IT are you interested in working in? Admittedly, early in your training, these answers won't make much difference. The groundwork in IT training is the same for everyone, but knowing what your eventual goal is will not only help you pick the right course, but will save you time and money that otherwise might be wasted on training and certifications that you won't need. It can also serve as a motivating factor as a clear goal allows you to accurately chart your progress.
What type of training?
Would your learning style and the current circumstances of your life make IT training online or in a classroom more convenient? If you lack a degree, would online college courses be better than simply certification training? Keep in mind, if a career in the IT field is your eventual goal, a degree can be a prerequisite for many of the jobs. No matter what type of course you choose, a minimum of MCSA (Microsoft Certified System Administrator) certification should be achieved. If the goal is a career in the IT industry, M(Microsoft Certified System Engineer) certification should be the minimum goal.
What will it cost?
The price between traditional learning courses and courses online can be huge, but traditional courses offer the advantage of hands-on training and live support that can be missing online. Another option, simply buying the training manuals or borrowing them from a library, can cost almost nothing, but completely lacks a support network. The objective here is to weigh the options and your own comfort level to decide which approach makes the most sense for you.
Who to choose
Finally, after weighing all the factors above, its time to make a decision. Techskills or PcPro School are good traditional training facilities if available in your area, and are usually registered testing facilities. Microsoft and many others offer training online, and local community or technical colleges will also have courses available