Next move: How do I launch an IT career after the Navy?

I am nearing the end of a 22-year career in the Royal Navy and am considering a career in web design.

The question: How do I launch IT career after the Navy?

I am nearing the end of a 22-year career in the Royal Navy. I have used IT since the early 1990s. I am considering a career in web design and have a considerable financial package to help me re-train. I have made tentative enquiries with a company called 2KO in South Africa, which put together a seven-week package for about £3,500, but I have been advised to shop around.

The solution: Take web developer training courses

Having been in the Navy for almost 22 years, I am not surprised you are a little unsure of what to do next. The fact that you have such a good re-training package will definitely kick-start your way to a new career and a new chapter in your life.

The basic IT skills you have learned during your time in the Navy will form the basis of any training you undertake and you should have no problem transferring these skills into civilian work. Creativity is an important part of web design, and as for web design courses, the one I would recommend you try is CIW.

Because the course is aimed at web developers, it would give you technical knowledge of internet, intranet and e-commerce technologies that you could use in any internet-related career.

These foundation skills include basic knowledge of internet technologies, such as web browsers, FTP and e-mail, web page authoring using Extensible Hypertext Markup Language (XHTML), basic infrastructure networking, and project management.

I would recommend searching on the web to find out what training providers offer this course. There are many good training companies in the UK should you prefer to study here. A career in web design should give you the challenge you will crave.

Solution by Robert Chapman co-founder and chief executive, The Training Camp

The panel: Plan-Net Services, Hudson, Reed Technology, Zarak Technology, No Limits Coaching, The Training Camp

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