With so many data centre training available, choosing a training that is going to benefit you can be a headache.
Many of the folks you see achieving their career goals with somewhat ease, received the right guidance and took the right training. While those still struggling are folks who are choosing their training based on mass information provided on websites, recommendations by peers, or what the salesperson tell them. When you consider that the right training is going to influence the rest of your career, which could be for the next 10 to 40 years, and your income over that time, it is vital that you choose the right training.
3 Steps To Discover The Right Training For You
There are essentially 3 steps to find the right training for your data centre career.
Let's look at each step in a little more detail. Like we have already discussed, this is not a decision you want to take haphazardly.
First is to identify the competences (skills and knowledge) required for your current data centre job and ideally you also review your ambition for the next level in your career. Different jobs in a data centre organisation require different competences. Therefore it is very important to start with analyzing the competences required.
1. How to identify the data centre competences for your job?
You can read the Data Centre Competence Framework which is an 80-page document. At this point, you may be thinking - I don't want to read an 80-page competence document, is there a shortcut?
Yes, there is! It's a free application which will list the competences for your job with just one click. we'll share this with you in just a moment.
2. How to choose the right training
Which training will give you the competences you require? Beware that not all courses are created equal. Some course developers pick a popular title and create the course without an understanding of the competence model.
You can ask the various training providers about the data centre competences mapping to their courses. And you might be asking now, is there also a short cut?
The answer is yes! We’ll talk about this right after step 3.
3. How to choose the right training provider?
To help you select the best provider, we've prepared a short checklist.
If they fail on any of these, proceed with caution. If possible, avoid completely.
The Tool That Will Identify The Right Data Centre Training For You, In 3 Minutes!
This is the DCPT (Data Centre Career Planning Tool).
The DCPT will identify your required competences and give you the recommended training. It is free. Try it! Click here for the DCPT
By Paige Fong, Global Marketing Manager, EPI Group of Companies