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Moving Beyond Training
So what does the future hold for you if you enter the IT training field? Where can you progress to? Just like any other field in IT, you can move up the career ladder. The next stage is to become a learning consultant (Microsoft offers an exam for this: the Microsoft Certified Learning Consultant.) Learning consultants not only deliver training courses, but also tailor IT training to specific clients. They then design a program for the customer to ensure requirements are met. This is followed by developing the course based on the client’s requirements, provided one does not already exist.
Depending on the company, learning consultants then have the option of delivering courses themselves or hiring an IT trainer. The last part of the learning consultant’s job is to assess and evaluate the program.
The consultant’s role is a lot more in-depth and more business-oriented than the trainer’s role, just like when you make the move from a technician, engineer or administrator to an IT manager’s role.
Ken Wagner is an IT network manager and part-time IT lecturer in the United Kingdom. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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