Note: This is the second article in a two-part series about navigating the new world of IT career development. The first part was about creating a plan for your IT career. This part delves into how to execute that plan.
So you have a career plan for the IT industry. You know where you want to go. How do you make it happen? And how do you learn new skills without breaking the bank?
Part 2: Executing Your IT Career Plan
Start with the inventory of technical skills you need, and identify free or low cost sources that will help teach those skills. Many sources are available!
Books, both in hard copy and e-books
Of course, our own predictive testing platform at Skillset provides a good marriage between specific test prep and exploratory career advancement. If you’re not sure how all the skills fit together, or which you need to focus on before seeking a new career, Skillset can be invaluable for finding your way through different assessments for IT skills and beyond.
A number of sites offer the first lesson free, but charge for the remainder of the course.One of the premier learning sites is Lynda.com. For $25 a month, you have unlimited access to their extensive library of courses.
Consider local colleges and universities. Some offer evening courses that are open to adult non-degree students. Others host free online courses, such as Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) that are essentially free online courses open to anyone.