With the rapid growth of tech jobs in the information age, it’s important to stay up-to-date on current systems and on top of the latest trends in your field, regardless of what slice of the IT career world you hail from. Everyone needs to establish that critical skill baseline to get started in their field of choice, but what about finding ways to continue growing your knowledge base beyond a formal education?
The good news is there are lots of resources out there to help you brush up your skills and stay relevant in this ever-changing career landscape. Welcome to our ongoing series looking at continuing education opportunities for key careers in the IT sector. In this debut installment, we dish out a hand-picked selection of helpful learning resource for Network Telecom Administrators and Engineers as well as Systems Administrators and Engineers. Buckle up, and get ready to expand your mind!
The Technical Communications Summit
Trade conferences are a great way to network with industry colleagues and soak up useful insights in an enthusiastic and bustling environment. Each spring, the Society for Technical Communication hold its annual Technical Communications Summit, which provides numerous workshops, certification and education sessions, important speakers, and more.
Miss out on this year’s conference? No sweat. You don’t have to wait for this once-a-year event to learn from this organization. In addition to sponsoring a slew of regular online courses and live seminars, STC also has a great archive of recorded webinars for sale, with a discount available for members.
TechTarget’s info-centric SearchNetworking website is a useful resource that covers a wide range of related topics aimed at the networking trade, from administration and network security to virtualization and infrastructure. The site hosts free ebooks, tutorials, relevant blog posts, webcasts, white papers, and much more. It’s definitely worth checking out!
The National Coalition for Telecommunications Education & Learning sponsors a medley of online classes, certification programs, and other invaluable learning tools to help you expand your knowledge base. This non-profit organization also partners with Pace University, offering transferrable credits if you want to pursue a more formal degree in a related discipline.
If you’re more of a audio/visual learner, then TIA’s media rich website will give you just the deep-dive of ICT that you need. Videos, ongoing programs, and other fabulous content abound on this organization’s excellent site. There are also plenty of other resources to be found her too, including a multi-part documentary.
Not in Network Telecom or Systems Engineering?
Our series is detailing education opportunities for other verticals within IT. Check them out here: