For years I have been an advocate for training, of all kinds. In my recent post for DataRebels, I dicuss the pros and cons of getting trained along with reasons peopleoften give for not investing in professional training.
Sadly, for decades now, I have seen way too many people and organizations give professional training, and certification, short shrift
.Much to their detriment in the end.
This has always baffled me because I have always found value in attending training classes, workshops, seminar, technical conferences, and the like. Even if the class was not great, the contacts I made were always invaluable.I find I learn best working directly with an experienced professional who has “been there and done that”. Or, putting it another way, I like to learn from other people’s mistakes! For me nothing replaces the ability to be interactive and ask questions of a qualified instructor.
The reasons people have given me for NOT taking a training class are basic (i.e., typical):
1. It costs too much (i.e., no budget)
2. I can’t take time away from the daily job (or I can’t afford to have my team out of the office that long)
3. “It’s really not that hard – we can figure it out ourselves reading books and blogs”
Check out how I combat these attitudes by reading the rest of the post at To Train or Not to Train.
Enjoy (and get thee trained!)
The Data Warrior