Keeping your skills up to date in the continuously evolving world of information technology is vital. Not only does this help you do your job better. In addition, certifications and diplomas showing what you have learned look great in your CV (or resume) and in your LinkedIn profile. As my friend and partner, Ed Tittel, has often opined such things might even help you land that dream job someday. I endorse this belief myself, too.
Many of us have completed different courses and exams from companies like Microsoft, Cisco, VMware, and whatnot. These courses and exams are usually specific to products from the companies in question. Then there are vendor-neutral organizations, such as CompTIA, ISC(2), EC-Council, EXIN, and more that take a more vendor-neutral approach to training and certification. A thrilling recent development in this area comes from Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs) from such players as edX, Udacity, Coursera, and many more. Finally, there are numerous global third party training companies that offer a wide and interesting selection of courses and training. Global Knowledge is one of the biggest, with a large selection of courses from almost every possible area of interest to IT pros.
Here’s what I hope is a relevant quote from Wikipedia:
Global Knowledge, Inc. provides IT and business training courses worldwide through training centers, private facilities, and the Internet. It offers IT courses in the areas of Avaya, Cisco, Microsoft, VMware, Red Hat, networking, programming, operating systems, IT security, VoIP and telephony technology, virtualization, cloud computing, and data centers. The company also offers business courses in the areas of project management, ITIL, professional skills, and business process curriculum.
OK, I cheerfully admit that the courses at Global Knowledge, as at most commercial training companies, can be pricey. Luckily also, modern employers today concede that training IT staff is important, and are often willing to provide full or partial support for such training. So please, check the course catalog at http://w10g.eu/GK-Catalog, find courses that interest you, then have a talk with your boss. I wouldn’t be surprised if they accepted those costs and let you earn a certificate for courses directly connected to your job responsibilities. You can always try to persuade your boss that such training can only make you a better employee, by helping you gain new knowledge and acquire new skills.
To get started, use this link for a 10% discount on any Global Knowledge course: http://w10g.eu/GlobalKnowledge. It’s good at any Global Knowledge training center around the globe. Using this link you will not only get a discount but you also help in supporting Win10.guru.
Get going, and train yourself up! You have nothing to lose, and plenty to gain.
Author: Kari Finn
A Windows Insider MVP, Kari started in computing in the mid 80’s writing code for VAX / VMS systems. Since then, he’s worked in a variety of IT positions. He specializes in Windows image capture, customization, repair and deployment as well as Hyper-V virtualization. Kari is a proud Team Member at number #1 Windows site TenForums.com.