With more and more free classes, guides, and training resources available online, many people seek to teach themselves as they embark on career training and further education. According to Stack Overflow, almost 90 percent of developers have taught themselves a new language, framework, or tool. The days of relying exclusively on a traditional four-year college degree and formal training are over, especially in the constantly shifting world of technology.
But despite the ease and accessibility of self-guided training, there are still significant advantages to pursuing career training with an organization that can provide instructors, advisers, and support at every stage of your education.
Frameworks and Funding
Embarking on career training, especially in the field of technology, can be an understandably intimidating prospect. At the end of the day, training and certification will cost time and money, so it’s helpful to have advisers to structure an efficient learning path and secure funding to offset the cost.
Anthony Voce, a student at New Horizons Career Development Solutions, found this support invaluable after his layoff. The center helped him organize his studies, achieve his goals, and pay for his career training and certification with his GI Bill® benefits as a veteran. According to Anthony, this support has brought him back for further training: “They have an affinity for veterans, care about veterans, and provide all of the resources possible to help veterans succeed.”
Funding sources such as the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) or the Post-9/11 GI Bill® will help pay for training and certification, and New Horizons Career Development Solutions advisers know the ins and outs of these sources to help you make the most of your opportunities.
As you pursue further education or career training, having access to qualified instructors with actual experience is vital. These teachers can provide information and guidance that extends beyond the scope of the prescribed coursework. If you have a tricky question or problem that Google can’t answer, an experienced instructor will help you work through the issue so you genuinely understand it.
If you find yourself laid off or looking for your next step and you have few marketable skills, career training can help bridge that gap. Find trainers that have practical experience and provide hands-on training. A good program should offer the opportunity to test your skills on actual problems that you will face in technology through practical examples in virtual lab environments.
Not only is the practical experience of a good instructor valuable, but so is building that relationship. Build a rapport with your teachers, and stay in contact. These lasting relationships can often be as valuable and informative as the classroom experience itself. Many teachers, thanks to experience in their industries and relationships with former students, have numerous connections within the field you’re pursuing, and they may know of unique job opportunities.
Read how one of our graduates had a similar story, and how he went from unemployment with almost no job prospects to eventually starting his own business, thanks to the unique support our instructors provide..
All the career training in the world doesn’t mean much if you can’t actually secure a job once you’ve completed it. Although certification will prove your value to employers on a resume, it helps to have connections and contacts to point you in the right direction.
According to PayScale, 70-85 percent of open positions are filled through networking, so having access to well-connected instructors and placement assistance services is incredibly helpful in the job hunt. They provide a useful shortcut, helping you quickly find relevant positions without having to filter through hundreds of postings, and they can even connect you with jobs that aren’t listed.
New Horizons Career Development Solutions’ placement assistance has helped many of our students land lucrative positions, even while they are pursuing classes and training! Companies and hiring managers often approach these placement assistance services, offering them a first chance at jobs that may not ever be posted.
As you pursue your career training goals, don’t do it alone. A good career training program will help you structure your goals, learn the material, find a good job afterward, and pay for it all. If you want this support and guidance while you take the next step in your career, contact an education adviser at New Horizons Career Development Solutions for a free consultation.