Great training is crucial for any job but not all courses cover your needs. Here’s what you should look for in a training course.
Training is an essential part of any career in the modern age – when you start a new job, it is generally expected that there will be a period of training that will gradually increase in intensity before you are expected to “fly solo”. However, not all training courses are alike, and for anyone aiming to make a positive impact in a job, it is important to be aware of what your needs are from any training course.
There are various types of course, for one thing – and that should be remembered when you are in the process of looking for employment. As valuable as “on-the-job” training may be, the fact is that you need to actually get the job before commencing such a program. In terms of enhancing your employability – and getting transferable skills that can be taken from job to job – sometimes you’ll need to research and embark upon a training scheme under your own steam. So what should you be looking for from such a course?
No “Jack of all trades” courses
Unless you are studying for a sectoral qualification over a spell of years, the broader a course title is, the less it is likely to teach you. If a course promises to teach you all you need to know about project management in a couple of weeks, it’s fair to say that it will leave substantial gaps in the syllabus. Specializing in a narrower area of the sector is a better idea – because not only will you learn what you need to in-depth, you’ll also be competing against fewer people for jobs within that specialty.
Situation-specific training is essential
It wouldn’t be accurate to say that you can’t learn what you need from sitting at a computer; if you’re learning coding, then that’s exactly where you will need to be. However, the key point of training is that it should make you ready for workplace situations, and some things can only be learned by doing. Providers such as Kallibr, for example, make a point of putting you in a workplace situation to ensure that you can reproduce the results when you’re doing it “for real”. There is a world of difference between knowing how something is done and being able to do it – it’s essential to make sure your training covers this gap.
Availability of funding
While the first two points refer to things that an employer will want to hear from you, the final point is more about making the qualification right for you. In truth, a course that costs a small flat fee is unlikely to be of much use because there’s no way a provider can charge so little and provide you with the materials you’ll need. On the other hand, higher prices can take a training course out of the reach of someone who is looking to upskill so they can find a job. If those costs are a little long for your means, look for secondary funding options. Any good training provider will flag them up to potential trainees, to ensure they get the best pool of candidates regardless of income bracket.
Finding the right training course for you means looking for the above and more – once you’ve completed the right course you should feel ready to get to work without further delay.