"Will IT training help me land a job?"
That's a question many unemployed people are likely asking themselves. There are three possible answers to that question:
- Look at New Horizons student success stories
- check out our student placement rate
- Take my experience as example
By 1999, I had been working in the entertainment industry for 10 years. I rented, repaired, and delivered film editing equipment to various film studios in Los Angeles, Hollywood, and the surrounding area as well as on locations.
While preparing a piece of equipment to go on location, I was making a bulb and fuse kit to send with the equipment, so they could perform minor repairs. The kit was a small one-inch by one-inch plastic box with small compartments that included small needle nose pliers and screwdrivers. Several of the compartments needed to be cut out to make room. While I was doing this, the box broke and the utility knife I was using plunged into the palm of my hand, severing a tendon.
I was rushed to the hospital where the emergency room surgeon stated nothing serious had been damaged and sewed me up, leaving the severed tendon. But before leaving the hospital, I could feel that something was wrong. After much insistence, I got an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon, who confirmed that I had severed a tendon. I had surgery to repair it.
After months of physical rehabilitation, I was awarded job retraining through workers compensation insurance. By this time, I had already started playing with and building my own computers at home, so I chose the IT path for my retraining.
I attended classes with the goal of being certified in CompTIA A+, MCP, MCP+I, and MCSE in 2000. I had not yet completed all of my courses, but with my A+ and MCP certifications in hand, I landed a job at a multi-national IT Fortune 500 company, where I started at the Help Desk and continued my classes at night. I spent 10 years working for that company, moving from Help Desk to Desktop Support to Systems and Network Administration.
So, will IT training help you land a job? Yes, because IT training worked for me. But don’t forget – you will get out of your training what you put into it.
Originally written by Robert Johnson
Whether you’re looking to get back to work or move up the ladder, education is the key. But you don’t need to spend four years on a college degree or earn an MBA to move forward—vocational and career training can help you learn new skills to advance your career. Before you start sifting through the various certifications, programs, and schools out there, check out this handy checklist to help you compare and weigh the different options.