Back in 1996, I got the crazy idea to work in the rapidly expanding field of ‘Information Technology’. The company I was working for at the time had a small IT department, and I enjoyed talking shop with the Network Administrator. One day, I naively asked him, “I’d like to learn how to do what you do. Should I learn Novell NetWare or Windows NT?”. He answered, “Novell is the most common Network Operating System – learn that.” So I did. I even got certified as a CNA (Certified NetWare Administrator). In the 17 years since then, I’ve spent a grand total of 9 months working in a Novell NetWare environment – a contract position at a large hospital. The rest of my career in IT was devoted to Windows NT and Active Directory.
The moral of the story? If you want to work in any tech-related field, be prepared to update your skills. Continuously.
Get to know Lynda
I’ll share my favorite with you. Lynda.com – a subscription-based video tutorial website. I’ve been a subscriber for almost 2 years and love it.
Some of the features…
- High-quality video production
- Professional trainers that don’t distract you with um’s and aah’s
- Video access on iPhone or iPad
- Easy to use bookmarking and queue tools
- Logical site structure so you can find a course, topic, or software application quickly
- Steady stream of new content
- Access to downloadable course files to follow along with (Premium Subscription)
Not for IT?
The core focus of this site is NOT for IT ‘Infrastructure’ types. You won’t find courses on Network Engineering (Cisco) or Network Administration (Windows Active Directory). However, they have courses for developers such as Ruby on Rails, .NET, Objective-C, etc.
How do YOU keep current?
Lynda.com is only one of many options available today.
Tell us how you keep up-to-date in the comments below.
Also, everyone has a unique way of learning.
Do you learn better by reading a book or manual? In-person training? Watching a video?