To get the very best out of every person in a work force, there is a point to be made for giving them additional training and learning resources to fall back on. When I was a civil servant, we had mandatory training courses. For the earlier years these were generally confined to the job in hand. Then gradually the more generally focused health and safety matters seemed to dominate the skyline. In the last few years there was much of H&S but also legal speak – such as stamping out fraud. We had to do regular courses that explicitly outlined how to recognise fraud as individuals and as members of a team. Today it serves all companies and employees well to take part in online and e-learning courses on all these matters. No one can be over qualified in their knowledge of how to spot an infringement or hazard looming in their vicinity. Also some of these amazing courses will bring a new insight to the candidate and perhaps jog them along to look at furthering their current position and trying to aim for the next notch or two up the scale by this time next year. It just takes a bit of effort and a decent online educational resource!
I can think of several friends who have thought about working in schools at some time or other. Usually whilst their own offspring were going through those crucial ten or twleve years. It’s often considered an ideal route to having all the school holidays off at the same time as them. No so often do folk sit down and actually think about all the different careers available within schools and education that do not involve taking a teaching degree and presenting lessons. Lots of ladies do indeed get into eduation via the school assistant route – be that teaching or class room assistant or via the office ina bursar’s or Head teacher’s PA. One stream that is becoming more and more important is helping with special needs. There are some amazing online courses and e-learning resources for Autismn in Schools or ADHD. The schools regime these days seems to have to deal with issues far beyond those in my day – in fact parents were expected to deal with many bahavoural issues but today there us Online Management software to cover challenging behaviour in youg people and child psychology courses are invaluable for schools.
In the cut and thrust world of business management it can be bewildering to know if you’re doing the job right or not. Especially if it’s your first posting and you’re waryt of colleagues who are not always so supportive. There are some incredibly useful e learning courses and online degree courses that are geared up for the trainee business man or woman. Tae the Business Management consultancy course – it takes you from early recruit through various stages to develop your skills and give confidence and knowledge of how to be a fully accredited Business Management Consultant. It shows you how to structure for effective business performance ; pros and cons of a career in that field. Within this you can also choose to branch out and take on other disciplines in the world of office management. Knowing how to handle staff, gender issues, HR policies, basic employment law; conflict resolution etc. are all absolutely vital to the broader aims of a good business consultant who needs to have a handle on every aspect of the office that supports his career.
When you are undecided as to exactly what career you fancy, it is always a great idea to take a step back and look at what you really enjoy doing at school or college. Also what do your parents do, are they happy in their jobs. It’s asy to simply fall into the routine of just find a job in the paper on online, and not really asking if this is what you had planned whilst in education. If you fancy becomeing a phlebotomist for example, this is someone who does the blood tests we get sent for occasionally. They are essential people but we don’t hear much about how to become one. I know an former teacher who enquired and was put in tough with online training. Yes, e-learning was the way forward for her. Lots of it admittedly, but she absolutely loves that job. She sees a lots of people every day. Her e-learning courses have raised the question of how to calm a nervous person and she knows that every day she does that job, she could be saving lives by providing the answers the doctors need.
When you are seeking a dedicated career focused training course for your own team perhaps, it can be rally difficult to know where to turn for that initial advice. Looking at the NHS for example, they have thousands of e-learning and online training courses for the millions of staff members. Some of them are mandatory, others just voluntary but participation encouraged to allow each members the opportunity to beef up their personal development ratings. The whole point about career based training is to enhance the future prospects and to make that pathway as obstacle free as possible and to of course, encourage and inspire every candidate. Going back to say, nurse taining, it is not just one job – there are so many dedicated team roles now. Children’s nurse and learning disability practitioner and theatre nurse – all these allow working in specific areas of the community and for which really well design additional e-learning courses compliment the hands on training already undertaken.
Whatever we think we want to do when we grow up be it doctor, lawyer, specialist nurse, high flying personal assistant to a celebrity mogul . . . all these career choices need specific training courses to reach qualification. to know in advance exactly what the university/institution entry requirements are will be necessary for a student at school. It’s now critical to ensure the correct GCSEs are entered for at lower and higher level at school. These then lead on to the career focused degree course and if wanting to become a lawyer, barrister or above, then very specific training contracts have to be obtained with chambers once the law degree has been achieved lower down the line. the same with medicine. Everything has it’s place in the world of training and education. Much of the work can be enhanced by online training and e-learning courses. Many career focused courses are available for students, old and young, to participate in.
There’s only one thing that’s very annoying about training courses provided by one consultancy house – they will insist on supplying their own training staff. In itself, that’s a very obvious idea, but they can be very patronising to the colleagues taking the training. At least with the online courses, they are well out of the way in the back room! A company I used to work for had a training agency on board to produce the course materials and set the framework of the training exercises. This was before the advent of online training courses but the principle is similar – a bunch of folk who are individually very clever about computerised anything . . . . . . it doesn’t always mean they can transfer their skills to the class room. Whereas they can put all their knowledge into the online training – if they ask the client, it can be seen that their expertise in presenting training remains high.
I can so well remember as a junior civil servant, many of the mandatory training courses we used to endure. In the early days, it was a matter of the training team coming to our offices – those considered by their line managers as being better at knowledge sharing. They would undertake a short course themselves on how to teach others and off they went. Later these teams were disbanded when the training was reorganised as a multi stream online package. I was one of the testers for much of the new programmes. the actual subjects covered were many and varied but for me the most successful were those with humour and helpful cartoon like presenters – with multi choice push button answers. We noted that more colleagues actually listened to the point of the training if it wasn’t dull or childishly easy. My mantra was always ‘If a manager can understand me and complete the course then so will their team’.
The most amazing thing these days about having a laptop or desktop computer is the ability to learn about anything and everything. I was discussing this very subject with some youngsters recently – one of them had been moaning about the high amount of homework he’d been given to complete during his holiday from school. These two young folk were wondering how I knew so much about everything – very flattering, but I did remind them that I have learned much of this fantastic stuff since leaving school and generally living. Every time I switch on a quiz or look at a web site, I’m absorbing knowledge. I encouraged the lads to look up the subjects they were not enjoying and see what additional resources they could locate online. E-education and training comes in all shapes and sizes. Reviser courses and complete modules are out there to be grabbed and devoured by all ages at any time!
Whilst discussing future career options with a young lass, it became obvious she had only one idea in her head. She wanted to leave school altogether and just start earning. No idea whatsoever of how she wanted to earn her keep. I reminded her that she has a good 50 years ahead of her in which to earn a crust. But bored with anything remotely associated with school or learning, she opted to work in a chain store. This is all so different to the days when I had to leave school. I was sad. I loved learning and wanted more! I would have been such an avid joiner of online learning courses – anything with IT attached is of interest. I applied to the military and trained as medical secretary. The training of course was fantastic. It stood me in good stead throughout my life. Imagine having IT courses back then – fantastic!