Courses in C Programming Support – Thoughts

by Jason Kendall

People researching courses for the computer or IT industry will soon realise that there are a variety of courses available to them. In the first instance, look for a training provider with a team of advisors, so you can be fully informed on the job roles your training will prepare you for. Maybe you’ll find job roles you hadn’t previously thought of. Should you be thinking of improving your computer skills, maybe with some office user skills, or possibly becoming professionally qualified, you can choose from many training options.

Today, there are many easily understood and sensibly priced options around that provide you with everything you need.

Working on revolutionary new technology gives you the best job satisfaction ever. Your actions are instrumental in shaping the next few decades. We are really only just starting to get a handle on what this change will mean to us. How we communicate and interact with everyone around us will be significantly affected by technology and the internet.

A regular IT employee throughout Britain can demonstrate that they get considerably more money than his or her counterpart outside of IT. Standard IT wages are hard to beat nationally. It’s no secret that there is a great UK-wide demand for trained and qualified IT technicians. It follows that as growth in the industry shows little sign of contracting, it appears this pattern will continue for the significant future.

The age-old way of teaching, with books and manuals, is usually pretty hard going. If this sounds like you, look for learning programmes which feature interactive and multimedia modules. If we can involve all our senses in the learning process, our results will often be quite spectacular.

Learning is now available in the form of CD and DVD ROM’s, so you can study at your own computer. Video streaming means you can watch instructors demonstrating how to perform the required skill, and then practice yourself – in an interactive lab. It makes sense to see some examples of the kind of training materials you’ll be using before you make your decision. You should expect videoed instructor demonstrations and audio-visual elements backed up by interactive lab’s.

Choose disc based courseware (On CD or DVD) where possible. Thus avoiding all the issues associated with the variability of broadband quality and service.

A fatal Faux-Pas that we encounter all too often is to focus entirely on getting a qualification, instead of focusing on where they want to get to. Training academies have thousands of unaware students who took a course because it seemed fun – instead of the program that would surely get them an enjoyable career or job. You may train for one year and then end up doing the job for 20 years. Don’t make the mistake of finding what seems like an ‘interesting’ course only to spend 20 years doing an unrewarding career!

It’s a good idea to understand the expectations of your industry. Which precise certifications you’ll need and how you’ll build your experience level. Spend some time considering how far you wish to progress your career as it may present a very specific set of qualifications. Before setting out on a particular learning course, you’d be well advised to chat over specific career needs with an experienced advisor, so as to be sure the study programme covers all that is required.

Consider the points below in detail if you’re inclined to think that old marketing ploy of examination guarantees seems like a good idea:

Obviously it isn’t free – you’re still coughing up for it – it’s just been included in your package price. It’s well known in the industry that when trainees fund their relevant examinations, one after the other, they will be much more likely to pass first time – since they’re aware of their payment and therefore will put more effort into their preparation.

Don’t you think it’s more sensible to not pay up-front, but when you take the exam, instead of paying a premium to the training college, and to take it closer to home – instead of miles away at the college’s beck and call? Huge profits are secured by a significant number of organisations that incorporate exam fees into the cost of the course. For quite legitimate reasons, a number of students don’t get to do their exams and so the company is quids-in. Surprising as it sounds, there are training companies who rely on that fact – and that’s how they increase their profits. Most companies will require you to sit pre-tests and not allow you to re-take an exam until you’ve demonstrated an excellent ability to pass – which makes an ‘Exam Guarantee’ frankly useless.

Prometric and VUE exams are approximately 112 pounds in the UK. What’s the point of paying huge ‘Exam Guarantee’ fees (usually wrapped up in the course package price) – when good quality study materials, the proper support and a commitment to studying and the use of authorised exam preparation tools are actually the key to your success.

Throw out a salesman who recommends a training program without a decent chat so as to understand your abilities as well as level of experience. Ensure that they have a generous array of training so they can give you an appropriate solution. With some commercial experience or certification, you may find that your starting point is not the same as someone new to the industry. Consider starting with some basic user skills first. This can help whip your basic knowledge into shape and make the learning curve a much easier going.

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