10 Tips For Choosing the Right One

If you’re considering studying a computing course, then perhaps you have already got a course or a qualification in mind.  You might already be an experienced IT professional looking to improve your skills to get a pay rise, or to try a new challenge.  You might be new to IT and looking to take your first steps.

Here’s what to look out for when choosing a Computing Course

  1. There are lots of companies providing training, so don’t just choose the first one that you see, or the one with the best advert, or the best website.
  2. IT training isn’t just about costs.  You might find that the more expensive courses last longer, and will teach you more that will be useful in the real world, rather than just making sure that you know enough to pass the exam.  Where do the cheaper ones cut costs?
  3. Different training methods are available.  Some are classroom based, and others are web based, or use video presentations.  You’ll need to determine how you learn best, in order to help you choose the right computing course.
  4. A hands-on environment will make it much easier for you to practice your skills.  Perhaps you want to know how to build computers; it’s going to be much easier if you have a computer in front of you that you can assemble!
  5. Are you paying for the course yourself? Or will it be chosen by your company? You might not get a say in the company or the type of course you take, but can provide feedback afterwards.  If you didn’t learn the skills you need, or the training wasn’t thorough enough, make sure that you tell the person that organised the training, so that they’ll know for next time.
  6. Find out as much about the training company as you can.  Look at their website.  This should tell you all you need to know.  Are there spelling mistakes? Is the content easy to understand? Is the site easy to navigate? Can you find the course you want? If the site is hard to use, does that mean that their training won’t be easy to understand? Ring them up, and see how knowledgeable their employees are.  If every date you mention is available, does that mean that they aren’t very busy? Because they aren’t very good?
  7. Do you choose a traditional educational establishment or dedicated IT training company?  If you choose a college or university course you can be sure that you will be trained by qualified teaching staff who have the skills and experience to teach you what you want to learn.  Alternatively, a training company might be able to use the latest technology, hardware and software you want to learn.
  8. Find out what you will learn.  You might want to have a formal recognised qualification, or you might just want a taster in a new technology area.
  9. Will you learn what you need to do your job better, or to improve your job prospects? If you’re learning a new technology to make your current job easier, then it needs to be comprehensive training, so that you can be more effective and efficient.
  10. Are there any job prospects provided by the training provider? Do they have links to employers? These links to potential employers can be important for those people who are new to IT, and don’t know where to start.  If you’re an experienced IT professional, you might not need help finding a job, and the links to employers.
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