I’ll start with a shameless plug, we recently received a bit of good publicity from a link on Who are the best technology recruitment consultants in London. It inspired me to do a similar thing about London based Java trainers.
There is often a lot said about the skills gap in London, at RecWorks everything we do is linked to technical talent or plugging the gap We source the best talent that is on the market, we hear about the candidates that do and don’t get the jobs they want, and often get to hear the reasons why, we organise communities, events and initiatives to try and help people learn and develop themselves and we encourage people all the way from students to CTOs to blog, start speaking and getting more involved in the technical community to help them develop their careers.
There is one thing that we’re not involved in and that’s offering formal trainig. There is some great training available in London. One of our LJC members who is already a Java Guru attended a JClarity course recently and had this to say:
“Now, some of you guys are probably like me and thinking, “Advanced Java? But I am already totally elite!!”, but the sad news that I have to bring is that Ben probably has you beat. The guy is like a taller, and less green Yoda (and with better grammar too), and I learnt a bucket load of new and cool tips and tricks from attending both of these courses (which is much more than I can say about some courses I have been on with some of the big players in the tech training industry). If your company has a training budget, have a word with the guy that holds the cheque book and tell them that you have heard about a course that is actually useful. Again, you wont be disappointed.”
One thing technical training courses can do is help you perform much better in interviews. It’s not just about getting the job, but one thing we see constantly as Recruiters is that some candidates are offered 10-20% more than others, based purely on the strength of their technical interview. The right course can really make the difference here, and help you achieve a much greater salary than you thought possible.
I wanted to throw this out to you guys. Please add comments/links on the post referencing people or courses that you have taken and would recommend to others, I’d be especially interested to hear of how the courses have really helped you.