IT Professionals are wired to fix stuff that’s broken, we find it hard to put ourselves first sometimes as the conveyor belt continues to throw stuff at us to resolve. Training budgets were the first things to be scrapped in 2009, and if you are lucky enough now your employer might have started to send you on training courses again or maybe not? With technology becoming outdated more rapidly, it is becoming a harder sell to be sent away to get skilled up.
One of the main benefits for attending a training course has always been the ability to ask the course instructor questions regarding your pre / post project deployment. A day at the technology user group will give you similar opportunities, but more importantly it gives you the opportunity to make long term relationships with experts in a variety of different fields and without the disadvantage of the courseware delivered being 18 months + out of date. For example, I know that if I’m having vSphere performance issues I can ring Brendon, or if I can’t get my head around NetScaler GSLB I’ll tweet Neil.
If you only get the chance to go on one training day a year for work, the greatest value will be learning about as many different technologies as possible. My work constantly entails learning about a very diverse fabric of solutions from multiple vendors. The ethos of the technology user group welcomes session content from wide-ranging subject matters whatever the consensus our community feels is industry relevant.
On behalf of the committee, we look forward to seeing you at our next event!