Boot Camps: Are They Right for You?
Ten hut! In this month’s column, we’re going to talk about boot camps. No, not the boot camp on Parris Island, S.C., or the ones that problem teens on the Sally Jesse Raphael Show have to go to, but those for IT pros looking to enhance their abilities. The main difference is that IT boot camps are fast-paced, condensed programs designed for certification candidates on a mission. Also, IT boot camps typically last about a week or slightly longer, depending on the skill level and the type of certification being taught.
But are they the best way for you to develop the necessary knowledge to pass your credentialing exam of choice? Before taking on such a laborious experience, ask yourself the following:
- Is my learning/work style extremely driven and focused? Can I stay engaged with course content for 12 to 14 hours a day?
- Do I have immediate career goals that warrant such a quick and involved approach to certification?
- Do I have a lot of capital (both time and money) to invest in my professional education?
- Do I possess a strong foundational comprehension of the topics that will be covered in the boot camp? Will I be able to keep up with the fast pace of the program?
- Can I handle sequestering myself from the outside world for an extended period of time?
If you answered “yes” to one or more of these questions, you just might be suited for the grueling rigors of an IT boot camp.
Brian Summerfield is associate editor for Certification Magazine. Send him your favorite study tips and tech tricks at firstname.lastname@example.org.