Look in any bookshop at their Best Seller list today, and you’ll see a mass of autobiographies of the rich and famous. From empire builders to glamor models to footballers, they all tell a different story, but each has a thread in common – they focused on the positives and overcame adversity.
That’s the way of the world; life’s achievers allow positive reasons why ‘they can’ to flood their consciousness, and drown out negative reasons why they can’t.
For the student, this attitude to studying is paramount. To successfully complete a training program, the biggest tool in a trainee’s workbox is a positive mindset. An optimistic approach brings about all sorts of possibilities, circumstances, answers and opportunities to achieve. By contrast, a negative outlook thwarts creativity and blocks our learning receptors.
This is due to our Reticular Activation System, which is a mechanism in our brain that automatically tells us what to focus on. We’ve experienced many things throughout our lives that no longer stay in the forefront of our minds – most of what we’ve learned moves from our conscious mind to our sub-conscious mind, a sort of store cupboard stocked up with all our past knowledge and beliefs.
When we consciously attempt to do something, our Reticular Activation System (RAS) will search the sub-conscious mind for any relevant information it holds, and bring it to our attention. If we’re walking down a street, we’re only made aware of things that have meaning to us – the rest is just background noise.
Therefore, if our conscious mind has generally been transferring positive, upbeat messages to our sub-conscious mind, then that’s what it will send back. But if our sub-conscious has been fed a bunch of defeatist, downbeat messages, then equally that’s also what will come back.
Achievers, it appears, are able to manipulate the messages streamimg through to their sub-conscious minds. They do this by choosing the exact messages the conscious mind sends and deliberately programming their RAS. As such, it’s an essential tool for achieving goals, as the sub-conscious mind can’t tell the difference between real or imaginary events.
In other words, we need to create a very specific picture of our goal in our conscious mind. The RAS will then pass this on to our subconscious – which, as it believes everything it’s told, will then help us achieve the goal. It does this by making us aware of all the relevant information which otherwise might have stayed as ‘background noise’.
The writer Napoleon Hill said that we can achieve any realistic goal if we keep focusing on that goal, and stop dwelling on any negative thoughts about it. Obviously, if we keep thinking that we can’t hit a goal, our subconscious will help us not to achieve it.
Well done! Discovering this piece proves you must be thinking about your future, and if you’re considering retraining that means you’ve taken it further than almost everybody else. Can you believe that a small minority of us would say we are fulfilled and satisfied with our jobs – but the majority will just put up with it. Why not be different and take action – those who do hardly ever regret it.
We’d recommend that in advance of taking a course of training, you have a conversation with someone who can see the bigger picture and can give you advice. Such a person will go through personality profiling with you and help you find your ideal job to train for:
* Do you want to interact with other people? If so, do you want a team or do you want to meet lots of new people? Alternatively, do you like to deal with your responsibilities alone?
* What’s important that you get from the industry your job is in? (Building and banking – not so stable as they once were.)
* Once you’ve trained, how many years work do anticipate working, and can your chosen industry provide you with that possibility?
* Would you like your study to be in an industry where you’re comfortable you’ll have a job up to the time you want to stop?
We ask you to have a good look at the IT sector – there are greater numbers of positions than staff to fill them, because it’s one of the few choices of career where the market sector is on the grow. In contrast to what some people believe, IT isn’t all techie people gazing at their computer screens the whole time (some jobs are like that of course.) The vast majority of roles are occupied by ordinary men and women who want to earn a very good living.
We can see a plethora of job availability in the IT industry. Finding the particular one for you is generally problematic.
Because having no previous experience in Information Technology, in what way could we understand what a particular job actually consists of?
To attack this, we need to discuss a number of definitive areas:
* Your personal interests and hobbies – often these highlight what areas will give you the most reward.
* Is your focus to get certified because of a certain reason – i.e. do you aim to work from home (maybe self-employment?)?
* Have you thought about salary vs the travel required?
* Always think in-depth about the amount of work expected to achieve their goals.
* Having a good look at what commitment and time that you’re going to put into it.
Ultimately, the only real way of covering these is from a long chat with an experienced advisor who knows the industry well enough to lead you to the correct decision.
Many trainers provide mainly work-books and reference manuals. Obviously, this isn’t much fun and not ideal for achieving retention.
Many years of research has always verified that connecting physically with our study, is far more likely to produce long-lasting memories.
You can now study via self-contained CD or DVD materials. Instructor-led tutorials will mean you’ll learn your subject via their teaching and demonstrations. Then it’s time to test your knowledge by utilising the practice lab’s and modules.
It makes sense to see some of the typical study materials provided before you purchase a course. Always insist on video tutorials, instructor demo’s and a variety of audio-visual and interactive sections.
It is generally unwise to choose training that is only available online. Connection quality and reliability varies hugely across your average broadband company, make sure you get actual CD or DVD ROM’s.
Make sure you don’t get caught-up, as many people do, on the accreditation program. You’re not training for the sake of training; you’re training to become commercially employable. Stay focused on what it is you want to achieve.
Imagine training for just one year and then end up performing the job-role for decades. Don’t make the mistake of opting for what may seem to be a program of interest to you and then spend decades in a job you hate!
You also need to know your feelings on career development, earning potential, and whether you intend to be quite ambitious. You need to know what will be expected of you, what particular exams are required and where you’ll pick-up experience from.
Our recommendation would be to look for advice and guidance from an industry professional before settling on a training course, so there’s little doubt that the specific package will give the skill-set required for your career choice.
A valuable training package will undoubtedly have wholly authorised exam preparation systems.
Make sure that the practice exams are not just posing the correct questions from the right areas, but also asking them in the way the real exams will ask them. This completely unsettles trainees if the questions are phrased in unfamiliar formats.
It’s a good idea to request some practice exams in order to check your comprehension at all times. Simulations of exams help to build your confidence – then you won’t be quite so nervous at the actual exam.