Whether you’re brand-new to the tech industry or hoping to advance your career with additional certifications, career training offers an efficient path to employment and education. The traditional college route is expensive and long, and it doesn’t always bring results, while many free educational resources lack the proof of expertise you need to show employers.
Career training might be the solution. Unlike in college, you’re studying one specific field in depth, so you can quickly learn what you actually need to know without the fluff. And unlike with free resources, once you complete a career training program, you have a nice new certification to show off on your resume, validating your expertise.
But any investment in your future and education is a complicated issue, so we’ve answered some of our most frequently asked questions about career training.
1. What are the chances for employment with entry-level certifications and no experience?
We all know this annoying scenario: You look for a job posting and find something that claims to be entry level, only to find that you really need 3-5 years’ experience to land it.
Thankfully, certifications are really powerful for entry-level jobs. Companies understand that you have passed the required exams to prove you know the information. In many cases, certifications can take the place of the experience requirement on job postings.
And the positions these certifications qualify you for are in high demand.
According to CNBC, there are a whopping 700,000 open tech jobs in the United States. Some of these skill gaps are getting even worse, such as in cybersecurity, according to CSO Online. As companies scramble to fill these positions and address growing cybercrime threats, they can’t afford to be picky about degrees, and they seek workers with qualified certifications who can actually deliver results.
So if you don’t have time to return to school or can’t afford years of unpaid internships, certifications provide proof of your expertise and knowledge in the field that employers need to see.
2. What if I take a class and don’t catch on? What if I fall behind?
Many of our programs offer “Mentored Learning” in addition to a lifetime free retake policy to ensure you are successful and are able to utilize everything we train you on! We also record our live lectures, so even if you can’t attend, you can access the class for six months, 24/7. You can review materials in conjunction with your busy schedule.
We offer learning resources, talented instructors, and personalized guidance to ensure your success in your education and career.
3. What happens if I find a job while training?
You should certainly do what’s best for you and your situation. Weigh the pros and cons of an immediate job versus a lasting certification. A couple more weeks in training could equal thousands of dollars more each year in your salary.
And if you want to continue your training while starting a new position, you still have access to recordings and class materials so you can study and ace your exams.
4. What is the training experience like?
Our courses feature hands-on practice, extensive lab experience, and quick, responsive instructor feedback. Furthermore, our education advisers coach and guide you through the entire process, providing you with study guides, mentorship, job placement assistance, and more.
5. What are my payment or funding options for career training programs?
Career training costs less than a two- or four-year college program. According to Forbes, the cost of college is increasing eight times faster than wages. Thankfully, career training programs are designed to help you transition into the workforce quickly.
Funding sources vary, but certain programs and organizations help many of our students:
- The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is a national grant program designed to help underemployed and unemployed individuals receive training and career readiness support to get back to work.
- Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) is designed to help individuals who were laid off by their employers update their skills and transition into high-demand industries.
- Veteran education benefits help active-duty, transitioning, and retired veterans gain civilian and trade skills to establish a career outside the military.
- Student loan programs are available for students who would rather finance their training programs.
If you’re a veteran, the Post-9/11 GI Bill® can pay for your training, easing the transition from military to civilian life. For more information, read our guide on using your benefits to continue your education.
So if you’re asking how to advance your career, training and certification are the perfect answer. Get trained quickly and get on the job. You won’t waste time, and you’ll have the confidence and skills you need to excel in the modern workforce. Talk to one of our education advisers today and schedule a free consultation.