Few fields evolve as quickly as IT. We don’t even have to tell you about how much money businesses invest in information technology, and with a market so big, it’s no surprise that there’s a constant influx of new solutions, new customers, and even new technicians to help deploy it all.
At DiverseNet, we fully believe that if given the right environment to thrive, the best technicians are the ones who go above and beyond to stand out from the crowd. To that end, we believe it’s critical for any technician to continue developing professionally to better serve new and existing clients.
If you’re looking to keep refining and adding to your skill set, take a look at these four free resources.
Microsoft Virtual Academy is a fantastic training resource that’s definitely worth a look. Built on an impressive module platform, the MVA offers experts the ability to publish their own training courses at no cost to the students who benefit from them. For technicians, of special note is the IT Pros section, where you can find dozens of courses in Enterprise Security, Server Infrastructure, and other subjects that may help improve skills in core competencies, or supplement existing skills with new ones.
If you’re looking to add some certifications to your resume, you’ll definitely want to make use of CompTIA, a non-profit trade association for IT professionals, and their suite of IT certifications and resources. While the certifications themselves aren’t without cost (around $110 each), all of the training resources for those certifications are available for free. These resources allow you to brush up on general IT concepts as well as specialized focuses in your spare time, like the Healthcare IT Technician course. Then, when you’ve got the extra cash, you can go ahead and take your certification test.
Sometimes, it’s incredibly helpful for a professional to do some learning in a field that’s closely associated with theirs, even if it’s not exactly within their day-to-day expertise. If you’re looking to expand your IT knowledge into data management and visualization (the “how” that accompanies IT deployment’s “what,” if you will), the University of Illinois offers a fantastic primer on Data Visualization through Coursera, an online learning platform. The four-week course is part of their broader Data Mining specialization, and gives you a Big 10 education wherever you are.
4. Tech Plus Program
We’ve developed our own professional skills training program for DiverseNet technicians called Tech Plus. We work with a network of thousands of technicians across North America, and in our experience managing those technicians, we’ve heard a lot about what they’re looking for in the way of continuing education. With so many experts as part of our network, it was a no-brainer to take the step to document and share our wealth of knowledge to any technician who chooses to work with us.
Any resources you rely on that we missed? Share your favorites in the comments!
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