Interested in making progress in the global knowledge economy? Learning is more of a necessity than an option. More than at any other time, we need to keep learning all the time. It’s the knowledge society! For those of us in the technology field, learning comes into all that we do. It is in our DNA at Jidaw.
Otherwise how do we seize the incredible avenues for growth in this exciting sector? Knowledge enables the utilization of tools of the 21st century to enhance efficiency and effectiveness. IT professional, manager, entrepreneur, CIO or user: learn, learn and learn. There is no hiding place.
Consume or Create IT?
The IT field is knowledge intensive; knowledge comes first. At Jidaw our slogan, “More Knowledge! More Power!” reflect our thinking that knowledge leads to power and value. We need to stop getting carried away with infrastructure and the noise associated with gadgets and fads. We love the results of IT but can we create IT?
Infrastructure without knowledge holds no water. Learning that is purposeful adds value and empowers. Too often we trust in the tools alone. At Jidaw we insist that the latest equipment and new discoveries can only take us so far. Get to the station early, buy your ticket, sit in a comfortable carriage, but without knowledge the train is not leaving the station.
Ignorance is not an option in IT. Learning IT has become critical in all sectors (academics, industry, social). It’s due to the ubiquitous nature of IT. Learning is also part and parcel of the IT industry. Education has always been fundamental in IT. This aligns with the Jidaw focus of capacity development. Formal education, social options and private initiatives all play important roles in IT learning. Growing and continuing interest in training and certification confirms the importance of learning in this industry. Isn’t it interesting that all major manufacturers (hardware and software) sponsor training and certification programs?
Learning and certification programs that lead the way include Oracle Certified Professional (OCP) Database Administrator, Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS), Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) A+ and Oracle Certified Java Programmer (OCJP). The certification industry keeps growing because these programs deliver value.
In learning as in other human ventures, you have people who fail and those who succeed. Underachievement and accomplishment are realities we must face. So what are the critical success factors? What are the issues we must consider in embarking on our learning journey? What works?
Learning involves effort and the commitment of resources. How do we ensure that we don’t end up wasting our time and money? Attitude in approach often makes the difference which reflects strongly in Jidaw’s career development theme.
Since learning is so important in developing our careers in IT, we need to continually share thoughts on these issues.