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How regularly should you attend further training in IT?

Reece Jacques
The world of IT is constantly changing and developing, and staying on top of the latest breakthroughs is by no means an easy task.

In order to stay as up to date as possible, regular training is required but since it isn’t possible to spend every working day training, striking the right balance is a must.

While there is no definitive answer to how regularly anyone should embrace IT training, taking every available opportunity to learn is recommended. This doesn’t have to involve full training courses either – a lot of information to enhance your knowledge can be found online or via other sources.

There is no harm in learning new skills. After all, there are very few people who can claim they know all there is to know and in most cases this is simply not possible, let alone true.

Computer training can significantly enhance a set of skills depending on where an IT worker is in their career.

Building a range of skills

Adding to basic skills is possible in a variety of ways; from complete degree-type packages to more compact online packages.

As far as employers are concerned, such qualifications demonstrate an interest and genuine desire to learn more, and more skills are definitely better than less.

Of course relevant certifications will likely be looked upon more highly than those which are less relevant but they display that an individual has a very broad range of IT skills.

In many cases, the decision of whether to embark on more training should be down to the individual concerned as they should be capable of recognising if their skills are up to scratch.

If they are not, for whatever reason, then training stands to benefit all involved by providing more employment opportunities as well as chances to command additional income.

Why consider further training?

With technology developing constantly, and at rates that have not been seen before, training can help an individual to understand the complex world in which they work.

Continuous training is needed to stay ahead of the competition and it helps an employee to feel motivated too, which can boost overall productivity.

Not only does it remove boredom from working life but in instances where an employer is investing in staff training it highlights to the employee that they are valuable too.

Opting to undergo training can enhance a CV and increase job opportunities, especially if the skills that are learnt are those which are regularly in demand.

Showing desire to improve

In short, any individual in the IT sector could benefit from more training but only they will know how developed their skills are. Those who show desire to improve and succeed are far more likely to be recognised by their employers too.

Such development should be closely logged though to ensure that it brings the desired benefits in the long term.

In other instances, employers may wish to provide direction for their employees, suggesting training or skills that might be needed for future projects.

Read our related blog: Which skills in IT are most in demand?
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