Originally Published: Wednesday, 19 April 2000 Author: Mark Nowlin
Published to: interact_articles_jobs_skills/Linux Job Skills Page: 1/1 - [Printable]

Planning Your Training

Today's rapid growth in information technology and the internet makes training an important need in your career growth.

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Today's rapid growth in information technology and the internet makes training an important need in your career growth. New technologies are emerging all of the time, and unlike Linux, which is free, some of these technologies are not. This makes it difficult to gain knowledge of them like you can with Linux. Without being able to get hands-on training, CBT's and vendor training become and important part of your personal career growth.

Find out what training options you have available to you currently. Some companies now have a good library of CBT's (Computer Based Training) located on their intranet, or via some kind of human resources contact, internally. Research your employers' training options that are available to you before attempting to access an outside training solution. If CBT's are available to you, it might be easier to get training on things unrelated to your current technical position. i.e.. a Linux administrator searching for Cisco training. If you cannot find an internal CBT training option, you may also want to ask your human resources contacts if your company has some sort of agreement worked out with any external training providers. Occasionally, training providers and employers will have some sort of arrangement that grants a discount for sending their employees to said provider for training.

Take the time to write down your training goals.

Your manager can't read your mind, so don't expect them to know what training you want. Writing down your goals as they relate to your career growth will give you a road-map from which to decide what training options best suit your needs. Just sitting down and staring at the computer screen, fumbling through the floods of training options out there can seem a bit overwhelming. However, if you write down what your goals are in your personal career path, this will help you to figure out exactly what training to take (Unless your plan is to know everything).

Gather all relevant information regarding what training classes you want.

This includes pricing, relevant training dates, and locations. This way you will be totally prepared when going before your manager to make your training request. Make sure to gather dates distant enough in the future so as to give management ample time to find coverage for you in your absence.

The final decision on what training you get will ultimately come from your manager, or the person in charge of approving your training requests. This means that you will be doing some compromising at some point when you sit down to discuss your training path with them. You shouldn't expect to get all of the training that you want right away, it just isn't going to happen in most cases. Even though you are bettering yourself, which makes you more valuable to your employer, you are also costing them a decent amount of money. So you should be certain to segment your training options, by requesting the training that you really want/need first. Training unrelated to your career path or current position should come second.

Remember to update your resume' when you complete your training courses, as this can only serve to help you when you go to look for another job. It also can't hurt you when salary review time comes.

What training to take is ultimately up to you. Training is a valuable asset to have, so just be sure not to waste it, or you might as well not train at all.

Check out Lintraining if you are interested in Linux related training.

-Mark Nowlin is a Technical Solutions Consultant for Sprint Enterprise Network Services in Fort Worth, Texas USA. The views, information and opinions provided in this article are expressed and held solely by the author. Neither Sprint Enterprise Network Services nor Sprint Corporation or any of its affiliates assume any responsibility for any opinion or statement of fact presented in this article.

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