Computer Training 101 Guide

How to choose a computer school and get your career started.

computer training students on campus

Computers are used in nearly every business, and the demand for qualified professionals is high. The career opportunities are plenty, and attending a computer school is an excellent way to get started.

Computer training prepares you to step out of the classroom and into a job with the knowledge and skills you need.

Here are some of the things you should consider as you're preparing to invest in your future technology career.

Choosing a Program

When you decide take the first step toward a technology career, there are a few questions to ask yourself before deciding between computer training programs:

  • Are the school's technology graduates successful in landing the types of careers in information technology you'd like to find for yourself? Often the Office of Career Services will have detailed job-placement statistics available.
     
  • Is the computer curriculum as broadly or as narrowly focused (or as flexible) as you'd like?
     
  • Is the class schedule flexible enough for you to meet your other commitments? Is there an online IT degree option for your classes?
     
  • Do the accommodations (classrooms, media centers, libraries, housing facilities, etc.) meet your needs? How do they compare to those of other schools?

To make sure you are getting the best education for your investment, verify that the program is accredited. Accreditation ensures that computer schools hold high standards for education and student development. Read more about the benefits of attending accredited colleges.

Online Computer Training

Online computer training courses are one of the many conveniences of a technology education. The material is the same as in a classroom on campus, but interacting with your peers works a bit differently. Communication is all through text, and there are certain “netiquette guidelines” that users follow. Learn more about communicating in online computer courses.

Keeping Up with Technology

During computer training courses, you have access to computers in your classroom, but having a computer at home gives you time to sharpen your skills. A home computer is more convenient for homework than using campus computer labs. If you are taking online classes, having your own computer is essential. Read more about choosing the best computer for your computer-based training and keeping up with computer technology—in school and in your future career.