IT Training For A Computer Career In Digital Forensics?
Do you see yourself as quite a techie when it comes to anything to do with computers and the internet? Then what about a career in IT?
Adult training courses exist in a variety of areas within IT, so finding one to suit you could be the best move you ever make. In the UK alone there are well over a million IT jobs, as most companies couldn't survive without the skills of computing technicians.
Need Some Basic Literacy Skills?
It may be an idea at this stage to point out the difference between IT career skills and IT user skills. You might want to take a look at courses covering various Office Applications if you want to get better at user skills. There are a number to learn, which all serve different purposes - for example Word for word processing, Access for databases and PowerPoint for presentations.
A good all-embracing beginner course is the European Computer Driving Licence.
Work In Cutting-Edge Technology
It's important to bear in mind that in this challenging economy, the IT industry was one of the last to be affected by the downturn. Correspondingly as the economy starts to build pace again IT must claim a key role. Also we can confidently state that the computer industry is just about the most innovative and intriguing industry you could be involved in. We're going to see huge changes in the not so distant future because of the developments taking place in IT. Computer technology is indeed a very exciting sector to be a part of.
Jobs in IT can take on a number of different formats and cover a lot of different disciplines. Some are very 'on-screen' focused, whilst others involve much more moving around and physical interaction.
Some jobs are described as very hands on, whilst others might be thought of as more abstract. Some are mostly concerned with back-up and support for clients or colleagues, and some will need you to work by yourself for several hours a day.
... Seek Out The Best
Right - if you haven't got any experience of working in IT, be sure to get some good advice from an experienced advisor. They will understand about the different job specs, and the sort of people who get on well in each of them. Most importantly discover as much as you can about the daily routine of the job before making your decision. Get as much information as you can from the various colleges and training companies.
Careers In Networking & Support
Careers in Networking and Support are in great demand throughout the country and internationally. You could retrain to work on a Helpdesk, or as an Engineer or a Technician. Support jobs come in all shapes and sizes, or you could look at Security, Server Administration or Network Installation. Plus there's Systems Planning and Design work - that might be more up your street.
This work covers a very broad brush - we're talking technical support in PC World at one end, to international troubleshooting at the other. You could start your career solving other people's PC or network problems, and steadily progress as you build your experience and certifications to designing major security systems. Computer professionals working in this area of IT are the very people who keep industry going.
The business world of the twenty first century would come to a stop without network and systems technicians. There are now many millions of computers being used for business purposes, and the figure is constantly rising. By definition then, this creates a parallel need for skilled and competent technicians to design, build and fix both the computers themselves and the networks they're a part of. Do you think you could be taught how to trouble-shoot and resolve technical faults? If you're nodding then it would be well worth taking a look at a number of Microsoft or CompTIA training programs on the subject.
Should I Be Commercially Qualified?
Passing industry recognised exams will mean your career is more secure. When your certifications are matched with a couple of year's experience, you'll find you're a well respected staff member with greater opportunities to progress.
It's well known that IT salaries are higher than average, and as a professionally qualified networker with three years experience you could expect to command an income in the region of 35k.
Various people have certain networking responsibilities at work because they've learned through trial and error. Whilst many of them will be an asset to a company, a manager can't be certain they're employing the best person for the work. It's only by gaining commercial certifications that a person can reassure the boss that they're capable of the tasks required of them.
Businesses need technically certified personnel - they can be relied upon to perform their duties more effectively and efficiently. But it's more than that. Employers also recognise the application and perseverance of a candidate who has committed themselves to being professionally competent in the workplace - and they want to employ that attitude. Finally, it's often the case that for businesses to obtain insurance on their computer systems, they can only allow fully certified professionals to work on those systems.