In today’s tough economy training is key to improving your career potential. As a working IT professional you need to continue to grow and learn as a professional so that you can keep up with the technology so that you don’t fall behind. As a working IT professional you need a way to keep up with the latest technology in your field so that you can see changes in the technology and how these technologies can be used to improve your companies technology systems and processes.
If you are an out of work IT professional the need to keep up with technology is even more important. You need to be able to show your potential employers that you are up on the current technology and that you bring something to the table that the other candidates don’t bring to the table. As an out of work IT professional classes or professional conferences are your best bet for staying up to speed with the latest technology that you need have knowledge of in order to get back into the working world.
In either case going to classes which are basic or intro level classes isn’t always the best use of money or time. The basics for a lot of technology can be read easily enough on blogs and on vendor web pages. When you get to the more advanced levels of learning that is when it makes sense to pay for classes or conference fees. The more advanced concepts are harder to learn about from web pages, as the best way to learn is, in my opinion, the questions that people ask during these live sessions and the answers that the speaker gives. These questions can then lead to more questions that can teach even more about the technology in question.
You simply can’t get this from a simple book or webpage. Now many sites have forums or comment sections but most people don’t like posting on forums because they don’t want their questions to be out there in the public of the Internet for all to see. Which is OK, posting stuff online for people to see can be scarey. Asking questions in person is much easier, you can see the people there and get an answer right there at the same time.
I encourage everyone to look into the various training options in your area. Some may be good some not. Also look into the training that isn’t near you as that can be some fantastic training as well. One of these great options is of course SQL Excursions which is going to give you two days of amazing training at a great price, in a great location. During our trip to Napa we will be talking about a wide variety of SQL Server topics including storage, virtualization, performance tuning, as well as several topics which are specific to SQL Server 2012 (formerly known as SQL Server “Denali”).
We hope to see you in Napa.