November 15, 2001, 12:00 AM — Despite the economic downturn, the need for trained IT professionals
will continue. This is particularly true for higher-end professionals
who manage sophisticated mixed Windows and UNIX environments. In this
series, I have turned to the person I consider the leader in vendor
neutral computer education, Deb Murray, President of Megamind, an
Institute of Advanced Training (http://www.megamind.org). In this
newsletter, Deb discusses "Why is IT Training More Important Now?"
DEB MURRAY REPORTS: In these times of uncertainty, IT training is more
important now, then perhaps ever before. Corporations remain very
interested in obtaining and retaining IT staff with tangible skills and
diversity. Now is an excellent time to refine, retune, and retrain to
become an asset within an organization. It's a time to broaden your
In any climate, the follow are valuable skills (or at least some
1) Operating systems: Windows NT/2000, UNIX -- particularly
Solaris, and Linux)
2) Languages: Java, Perl, OO, XML, etc....
3) Web technology: Front-end and back-end
4) System integration
5) System security
Be in the know
Do your homework. Read technical publications and learn what's hot in
the marketplace. Read your local newspaper and see what skills are
being sought after in your local area. Visit the online job market Web
sites to see what jobs are available and the matching skill set that is
Become an expert.
If there's an area where you feel particularly knowledgeable such as
computer security or enterprise networks, then upgrade your skills with
leading edge training to learn the very latest. Often times, 'experts'
are sought after to speak at industry engagements, to write for trade
publications/newsletters, and to author books.
Broaden your horizon.
Reaching out and expanding your knowledge base is always wise. Although
you may have become an expert within a particular sector of your
organization, venture out to learn something new. Learning a new skill
will provide diversity to your repertoire.
Be prepared to make a commitment.
IT training is a lifelong commitment. With the constant changes in IT
technology, one should always be on the learning path. A path that will
provide eternal knowledge, fulfillment, and an invaluable skill set.
Deb Murray can be reached at Megamind 1-888-333-8649.