Don’t be one dimensional
What really is your interest in Information Technology training? Too many people invest with a one dimensional mindset. We refuse to see the bigger picture. Jobs, skills development, money, certificates, work overseas – “what I can gain now” is the popular “one-track” reason. But if we want benefit, if we want to compete better, we need to be multidimensional. Have training objectives besides money and jobs. Your training experience should expand your world; in fact connect you to a different world. There are opportunities all around us.
But we can’t take advantage if our only objective is the certificate. The important thing is to go beneath the surface. Shallow will not do. Having a big picture mentality is critical to seizing initiatives and surpassing the limits of convention.
For example, have you considered the social networks (online and offline) of your training school, instructor and previous students? Networking is a built-in benefit of training. But how well can you connect even with your classmates if your only interest is you? If your only interest is your certificate? Having a one sided perception is not only uninteresting as your eyes may be closed to the exciting opportunities around, but it is also unhealthy for your career growth. And can you truly desire knowledge and yet keep your mind in chains? It mars your ability to benefit from spin-offs produced by training.
One dimension thinking is not just unhelpful. It is a prison cell.
Limited thinking leads to limited results. Because growth in diverse areas is in your interest, you must consciously pursue the experiences that will lead to such development. The problem is that most of us are afraid of stepping out of our comfort zones. So we settle for the expected, the usual, the familiar. What a shame.
I’m often amazed when students say all their only interest in training is a certificate or a job. Make your experience exciting. Be conscious of how you choose to experience the training program. Be curious. Participate in class and assignments. Be questioning. Challenge your mind. Don’t limit yourself. Go beyond what is expected. Accepting things as they are is not enough. Understanding is required. Then push the boundaries. It’s all about improving the value of your experiences. What are the conscious choices you have made to ensure that your Database training adventure is more interesting? Going past the traditional job rush have you considered entrepreneurial options? Are you opening your mind creatively to other career opportunities as you learn? Is the course helping in developing your learning ability?
Push the boundaries
It is important to explore to be creative in learning. Ignore dogma. What stops you from creating a study group or blog for your class? Absolutely nothing! Through your deliberate actions you change thinking and set patterns. For example, relevant ideas and exposure to things outside the classroom can be infused into the training experience. It could be from work, something read online or an experience you had in the cybercafé.
“One way traffic” is not in your interest.
Make your experience exceptional by growing the infrastructure of your mind. As you engage in your training what are the different dimensions you’ll be exploring? Be proactive. Drop that passive onlooker stance. Get involved. Training is not just about jobs or certificates. It’s about skill development as well as self discovery. Being multidimensional is not just a training need – it’s the path of self growth.