Still not sure if training is right for you? People often wonder which course to take or if it will even make a difference. Truth be told, informing yourself and then following your instincts has often resulted in a win. There are four truths about training that have been tested and validated by time that should put any wondering to rest.
Truth #1: Training will increase your value
There are a lot of studies available that show education of any sort will generally lift your value in the workplace. There occasionally are some studies that show certain certifications may not be of direct financial value. Often they are studying certifications in a technology that is being replaced or is otherwise becoming obsolete.
In general, we know that when employers see someone with certifications and education vs. someone without they will likely consider the person with education to be more credible on the knowledge front. That gets moderated right away by the amount of hands-on experience; of two well-educated people, the one with more experience will be regarded as having more knowledge. Many have used this to argue that education isn’t everything. That might be true, but it misses what is a more important point.
The fact is that if you acquire education you will experience some lean years in the beginning but will emerge on the higher end of the value scale from that point forward. Already have experience but slim on training? Even better – training will take very little time and investment and will enhance your position very quickly.
Truth #2: You might actually learn something (gasp!)
There is so much time spent evaluating training from a financial value perspective that we easily lose perspective on the other value we obtain: knowledge. If you think about it, if you taught yourself how to use some specific technology or platform then you may be a hands-on expert but you are likely missing a thing or two. That last 5-10% you’re missing can often streamline your efficiency or enhance your productivity to a significant degree. We all know that sort of performance pick-up could be the difference between a raise and even keeping your job in lean times (and that has financial value too!).
Truth #3: Training is arguably the best investment
Is it possible to lose money on education? Sure, we’ve all met them. People who obtained education in something they have no interest in are likely to have poor return over time. Those who paid outrageous costs (like sitting for a $2,000 class when you can take the same class with GogoTraining for $248!) will have to spend much more time recuperating their investment (which itself is a risk by extending the amount of time required to obtain value).
Otherwise, education is arguably the strongest investment. Why? Unlike investing in property or gold, you cannot lose education. As long as you are able to work, education continues to produce added income for you. Technical education has to be taken more often as technologies and platforms rise then become obsolete, however they are taken in smaller pieces than a large, 4-year college degree. Over time, an IT professional who consumes training consistently through the span of a career will likely spend the same or less than the cost of a full college degree – if they shop intelligently for their training and avoid overspending.
Truth #4: You may get a new, better idea
When people go to school they are introduced to new ideas. The system of obtaining a college degree is in fact designed to introduce a diverse spectrum of ideas to every student even if they enter the program knowing exactly what they want to do.
People who enter education programs very often change direction. They encounter something new and subsequently develop a new idea on what they would like to do (or at least try). These moments of discovery are energizing because they represent a genuine spark of curiosity and interest. In short, they very often are the moment someone realizes something they would truly like to be involved in. The value of that kind of realization is immeasurable. This reason alone is worth the investment in education.
Instead of wondering whether training is right for you, spend time researching and deciding what technologies and skills you should be training for. Spending time acquiring knowledge is time well spent, and that is universally true.
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