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Where should I upskill?


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#1 bdpoop

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Posted 13 March 2014 - 08:54 AM

I need to update my skill set really.

 

To give you a brief background I have worked in ICT for over 25 years, the last 13 running my own business mainly working hands on in the Print and Design industry providing infrastructure solutions but very much more involved in and advisory / consultancy role in the latter years to many diverse SME businesses.

 

Generally my areas of expertise have been networks and infrastructure and supplying complete solutions to businesses but I have also been involved with some web based projects and software development but not at a technical level.

 

Most of the advisory stuff was public sector based and has now all gone and the Print and Design industry is on its backside and most of that work where I had specialist hands on skills has dried up.

 

I find myself back on the tools so to speak but scrabbling for bits of work and small jobs locally and only just about scratching a living.

 

I have also spent a considerable amount of time out of the country so feel I need to look at updating my skill set and perhaps going in a new direction.  As an added consideration I would like to do something web based rather than onsite.

 

I have a very good opportunity in that I have the possibility of gaining 100% funding towards some training.

 

I am not sure if I should concentrate on what I know (infrastructure, networks etc) or try and get more clued up on the new cloud based technologies and perhaps even web development.  (I was a 4GL Programmer in the 90's!).

 

Basically I want to remain self employed but get stuck back into something that I can enjoy and really get to grips with but that is also something that is in demand where I can make some money.

 

I would love to carry on as a consultant / advisor but I just cannot get the work anymore.

 

All a bit vague but would welcome any thoughts and suggestions.

 

I am 48.  So an old man in terms of this profession!



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Posted 22 March 2014 - 11:47 AM

Hi bdpoop,

 

48 is young! ;)

 

All depends on what you like doing. For example, if you like networking (like me), get the lastest CCNA book (or higher - depending on your experience), read it to get on top on latest changes / updates in the industry and re-certify, Good way to master your experience is (depending on your budget) either buy some networking gear (routers, switches, firewall, etc) and set up your own lab or get a decent lab simulator for your pc.



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Posted 23 March 2014 - 11:49 AM

Thanks for the reply.  I think I am going to concentrate on Cloud services.  Office 365, Google Apps, Hosted Exchange etc.  This seems to be where a lot of companies are heading. 



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Posted 23 March 2014 - 02:19 PM

Office 365 is now very popular and seems to be an interesting choice - if you like AD and Microsoft environment. There are already some certs within 365 you can find here: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-gb/office365-training.aspx

 

Good luck!



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Posted 24 March 2014 - 07:17 AM

Thanks very much.  Will see how it goes.






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