How to pick the right IT certification course?
With our lives nearly being ruled by technology, it doesn’t come as a surprise that IT or Information Technology is the one of the most popular and lucrative career options available to college students today. Irrespective of your college specialization, degree or academic background, you can choose to pursue IT certification courses that can set you apart from the crowd when it comes to getting that elusive job.
However, with the rising demand, the number of IT courses and the training centres offering them have also mushroomed all over the country. Even in small towns one can easily find several IT training centres offering several courses. With so many options to choose from, students today have to really understand which one to opt for. If you are also suffering from a similar dilemma, we have listed down a few do’s and don’ts that might help you find the right IT certification course and the correct training centre.
So, let’s get started!
Follow your interests and Passion
This goes without saying! Like any other academic field, if you intend to pursue an IT certification course just because all your friends are doing it, it will not serve you well. Before you decide to join any course, you must first evaluate your interests, passion and even potential with regards to the IT as a domain. For instance, if you true passion lies in creative arts such as painting or writing, merely doing an IT course will not help your career. Therefore, always evaluate your interest, potential and aptitude before embarking on this journey in the field of Information Technology.
Pick the IT course you are interested in
Once you are sure that you want to dive into the world of IT, you will have the second most important choice to make i.e. picking the IT course that you want to pursue. Today, Information Technology is a vast field with courses ranging from core coding to animation to web development and mobile application development. All these fields have their own pros and cons and these need to be evaluated before joining the course. Therefore, screen through all the different kind of IT courses that are available today and decide the one that you are most comfortable with.
Pick authorized training centres
The third step after deciding the IT certification course is picking the right training centre which will help you to develop your IT skills. With IT training centres mushrooming all across the country, picking the one that will be able to help you truly master all the nuances of your domain is a major task. Therefore, as a student you must visit at least 5 different IT centres and inquire about their offerings.
Infrastructure of Training Centre
Your IT training centre would only be as good as the infrastructure that has been developed in order to aid your training. Therefore, while you are visiting the IT training centre look at the infrastructure facilities available. These include classrooms for theoretical training and computer labs for practical training.
Practical Training + Theoretical Understanding
Like every field, the domain of Information Technology has two different aspects i.e. theoretical understanding of important concepts and the practical training of learning different tools and software available. Therefore, you must look for an IT training centre that has good faculty members that are able to share with you important knowledge in both aspects i.e. theoretical as well as practical. If you only understand theoretical aspects, you would be handicapped when it comes to practical implementation of the knowledge and vice-versa.
Get reviews about Training Centre
No matter what kind of inquiry you do about the IT training institute, it would be incomplete without taking reviews from students who have passed out or are currently training there. With large bill-boards and advertisements, these training centres are able to portray themselves as the master of IT world. However, the truth of this matter can only be understood once you meet students who have trained there. So, always get reviews about the training institute before you sign the dotted line and pay the necessary fee.
Course Fee is not a measure of quality
Coming to course fee, many college students believe that course fee is a measure of the quality of the course and the training centre. Well, sorry to burst your bubble but this is simply not true. Course fee for an IT course is decided on the basis of a combination of several different factors which include faculty cost, software cost, demand in the market and competition. Therefore, just because a course has high fee doesn’t necessary mean that it is meant for you. So always keep the aforementioned parameters in mind while picking the IT certification course.
Understand the market requirements
Finally, in addition to evaluating your potential and interest in an IT course, you must also understand and evaluate the market trend and requirements about the IT skills. For instance if you pick an out-dated or obsolete IT certification course, it might not really be in demand in the job market. Therefore, it won’t help you when it comes to building or advancing your career in that field. Therefore, pick the hot IT courses that are in demand in the job market.
Check for Combo Courses
With plethora of courses to pick from, just picking skills about only one course might not be enough for you. Therefore, always check with your training centre if they offer combo courses wherein a few similar courses are clubbed together and taught as a package. For instance, if you want to pick up graphic design, merely doing a crash course in Photoshop editing might not be enough as businesses use other softwares as well. Therefore, instead of doing a solo course on Photoshop, it would be advisable to do a graphic designing course covering CorelDRAW, InDesign and other similar designing softwares.
These are just a few of the things that you must consider and think about when it comes to picking the right IT certification course. If you feel that we have missed out on anything important that must be checked before joining an IT course, please point it out in the comments section below. Apart from this, you can also share this article with your friends and colleagues to help them pick the right course as well. For more interesting articles about skill development and career guidance please visit www.jagranjosh.com/college. Alternatively, you can also register yourself for our College Newsletter and get all the interesting insights about the college life directly in your inbox.