I want to follow a career in training

I started in IT working in training and moved to a helpdesk role supporting word-processing packages and spreadsheets plus some...

I started in IT working in training and moved to a helpdesk role supporting word-processing packages and spreadsheets plus some networking. In my six months in a support role I have managed to do some training on Dos-based packages and an intranet program. I would like to move back into training but lack of experience is making it difficult. What is the best course of action now available to me?

PC-based training is an alternative

Michael Bennett

Director, Best People

I am surprised you are finding it hard to move back into a training role as in my experience there is a good level of vacancies in this area.

However, you do not say how much experience you had in your previous position, although anything approaching 12 months should allow you to further your aspirations, especially as you seem to have an active interest in training as a long-term career.

Most opportunities in this market exist in large organisations that can justify having a full-time trainer, in the freelance market or within training companies. Going freelance may be too risky with your current level of experience, so I recommend you approach your current company to see if you can move back into that role.

Alternatively, you can stay within a PC support/helpdesk role and negotiate that you do your company's PC-based training. This will allow you more flexibility as your career progresses and not pigeonhole you as a pure trainer.

The panel: Apex, MSB International, Best International Group, Computer Futures, Computer People, Elan, ITNTO, Monarch Recruitment

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