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I’m the first to admit, my grasp of technology is far from advanced. I’m pretty much a technophobe. My Blackberry phone may as well be a retro Nokia 3210 for all I use the extra features which come with my model. Internet surfing I resolutely reserve for my laptop as opposed to my phone and the only reason I really got a Blackberry in the first place is because one of the features it didn’t have was a touch screen which unfortunately my sausage like fingers just can’t contend with. My phone is used for phone calls and texting, and even that I sometimes get wrong. But in a technology run world, is it wise to be so computer clueless?
Ovens, kitchen appliances, communication devices, business and even beauty are now run by technology. Doing things the old fashioned way probably seem eccentric nowadays and I have to say every time an appliance breaks I get nervous because I know it’ll take me an age to work out how to use the new one we’ll have to buy to replace it.
Not only is the world run by technology, but increasingly, it’s saving consumer’s money too. Many retailers and even the likes of British Gas will offer discounts if your billing or purchasing takes place on line.
Terms such as shared hosting and VPS/ VDS and bandwidth and surge and binary code leave me confounded. I can manage email and browsing and that’s pretty much it.
Luckily, local libraries and online resources offer internet and computer classes for the computer illiterate and those who need an extra boost when it comes to technology. A lot of these courses are free to library members and it is definitely worth making inquiries and booking onto them to enrich your e-ducation. Local libraries also cater to older uses who may not even know how to switch the blasted computers on and in no time you’ll be saying things like “email me your documents as attachments via my PDA and Skype me later”
The 21st Century is the computer age, and on almost any job application, the person specification requires at the very least some proficiency with Microsoft Office programs. Now, while these were and are taught in schools, technology advances at such a rate that, for those in the IT profession, it is well worth considering IT training to keep up to date with the latest developments. For those wishing to gain a step-up in their career, IT specialists are always in demand, and with training it is possible to advance along a different path in either your chosen industry, or another as an IT specialist.
Of course, IT training is an investment, and it is possible that an existing employer might, if they feel the candidate is right for the position and worth the investment, offer to pay or part-pay for the candidate’s IT training, with some even allowing for the training to take place during working hours under some kind of arrangement by which the candidate works off the expense the company lays out.
However, the likelihood of this is low unless the company has a special interest in IT itself. The majority of IT Training candidates and students will be taking the training on their own time and at their own expense with a view to shifting careers in that direction. The benefit of this is that a career in IT is a rewarding one both monetarily and in other ways too and can more than justify the initial investment the training requires.
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