If your dream is to become a great web designer with the right credentials for today’s employment market, the course you need is Adobe Dreamweaver.
The complete Adobe Web Creative Suite should additionally be studied in detail. This will introduce you to Action Script and Flash, (and more), and means you’ll be in a position to take your Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) or Adobe Certified Professional (ACP) accreditation.
In order to establish yourself as a full web professional however, there are other things to consider. You’ll be required to have knowledge of some programming essentials like HTML, PHP and MySQL. A working knowledge of E-Commerce and SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) will also improve your CV and employability.
Considering how a program is ‘delivered’ to you is usually ignored by most students. How many parts is the training broken down into? What is the order and how fast does each element come?
A release of your materials stage by stage, as you complete each module is how things will normally arrive. This sounds logical, but you should consider these factors:
What would happen if you didn’t finish every module within the time limits imposed? Often the prescribed exam order doesn’t come as naturally as some other order of studying might.
The ideal circumstances are to get every piece of your study pack packed off to your home before you even start; the entire package! This way, nothing can happen down the line which could affect your capacity to get everything done.
Trainees looking at this market can be very practical by nature, and won’t enjoy sitting at a desk in class, and slogging through piles of books. If this is putting you off studying, go for more modern interactive training, where everything is presented via full motion video.
Years of research and study has always confirmed that an ‘involved’ approach to study, where we utilise all our senses, is far more likely to produce long-lasting memories.
Study programs now come in disc format, so you can study at your own computer. Using video-streaming, you will be able to see the instructor presenting exactly how something is done, and then have a go at it yourself – with interactive lab sessions.
Be sure to get a training material demonstration from the school that you’re considering. The package should contain expert-led demonstrations, slideshows and virtual practice lab’s for your new skills.
You’ll find that many companies will only provide just online versions of their training packages; and while this is acceptable much of the time, imagine the problems if internet access is lost or you get a slow connection speed. It’s much safer to rely on CD and DVD ROM materials that will not have these problems.
It would be wonderful to believe that our careers will always be safe and the future is protected, but the growing reality for the majority of jobs around Great Britain at the moment appears to be that security just isn’t there anymore.
It’s possible though to locate market-level security, by searching for high demand areas, mixed with a shortage of skilled staff.
A rather worrying UK e-Skills survey brought to light that 26 percent of all IT positions available remain unfilled mainly due to a lack of trained staff. Meaning that for every four jobs available around IT, we have only 3 certified professionals to do them.
This alarming certainty reveals the urgent need for more appropriately accredited computing professionals around the country.
Actually, acquiring professional IT skills throughout the coming years is very likely the safest career direction you could choose.
Watch out that all certifications you’re studying for are commercially relevant and are the most recent versions. ‘In-house’ exams and the certificates they come with are generally useless.
If the accreditation doesn’t feature a major player like Microsoft, Adobe, Cisco or CompTIA, then chances are it could have been a waste of time and effort – as it’ll be an unknown commodity.
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