Studying for an IT qualification at home offers an opportunity to ‘earn while you learn’, it offers a way of learning new skills when you want to.
With the British government introducing new incentives to encourage more workers to learn new skills in up to date technologies, unskilled workers who are already falling behind in today’s technological world will find it increasingly difficult to advance their careers.
The IT industry in particular continues to demand an ever increasing amount of engineers, software developers, website designers and competent office professionals, so the need for extensive IT training is growing ahead of almost any other field.
One of the biggest difficulties for those considering career advancement or change, is an inability to go back to full time study. The reluctance to go back into the classroom alongside other, much younger students, compounded by the need to continue to work, to generate income to support family and personal commitments.
Home study IT courses fit well with distance learning methods due to the nature of the material. Communicating via e-mail gives the students a fast and efficient way of contacting the learning bodies and course tutors. Most reputable learning colleges have an established Intranet system where students can download course material and keep up to date with their studies.
New methods such as elearning from DVD’s, virtual reality scenarios and Live Internet Training, create an interactive environment. Giving students more of an interaction with the college, regardless of location or distance.
The great advantage of home study is its flexibility. Students study at their own pace, in their own time, around existing job, family and personal commitments.