5 things to Consider before Buying a Tech Course

These days, everyone wants to be called a tech bro or tech sis. And for good reasons. The tech industry continues to expand by leaps and bounds. With a whopping 5% growth rate, the demand for technology professionals is not about to let up anytime soon. This is not the only reason, though, why many young people seek a place in the industry. One of the best-paid employees are those in the IT field, with Software engineers and web developers earning as much as N500,000 per month in Nigeria. This has thus led to an increase in the creation of different tech courses. Whatever the case, the conclusion remains that tech jobs are not going away anytime soon, and the incentive to study to become one remains very competitive.

That said, how do you tackle your professional goal of becoming a tech bro or tech sis? The question should actually be whether you have a goal and a plan. Ask yourself, Do you just take courses on the fly? Is your goal to find a job or learn enough to start a business? With how diverse the industry is, you want to be sure of what works for you and what courses are for you. The answers to all these questions are critical in your journey to tech bro or tech sis status. Which leads me to my first point in this article.

Long Term Career Goals and Tech Course Relatability

The average tech course costs about 250–300 thousand naira for a 3-6 month course, depending on which you prefer. The investment is not cheap, at least for the average Nigerian. You don’t want to purchase a course or enroll in a class only to find out that it holds no relevance to your overall career goals. No two career goals are the same; some might want to make a transition, while others might just want to improve on a skill they need at work. Whatever the case may be, you want to be clear about what your long term plans are and how this course you want to enroll in will help you with them.

Tech Course Curriculum

Every course has a unique syllabus. Some tech courses are prepared for people who are more advanced in the field and are just looking for more application-related content. Some tech courses are more beginner-friendly. In either case, you want to access the course and be certain it meets at least 75% of your knowledge needs. Ask questions from the course handlers and request to see the curriculum. Evaluate it against your needs and against what the market needs.

Check online and ask for the specific course. You are likely not the first to take the tech course. What are others saying about it? Ask how the lectures are given. Is it instructor-led, self-paced, or a combination of both? You want to be sure of all of these before you drop your hard-earned naira.

Commitment

Another thing an aspiring tech enthusiast should consider before embarking on the journey to becoming a tech bro or tech sis is first understanding the level of time and effort required to acquire and master the skill. Like every other good thing, it won’t come cheap. Or easy. Understanding how much commitment is required and how much you can afford will help you set realistic expectations and work within specific time frames. Some courses will require a huge upfront investment. While some will have you gather knowledge over a period of time through application and experience, You want to evaluate your background as well. People from non-tech-related career paths looking to make a switch will need to spend significantly more time grasping the foundations and basics. You don’t want to start your dream career without getting a thorough understanding of key concepts. 

Support

Each course is structured in different ways. Some place more emphasis on peer-to-peer learning and some on instructor-based learning. Some have a repository of FAQs, while others prefer one-on-one coaching. Take time to understand how support is offered in the course. Will the tech course help you learn and thrive in such an environment? You want to get as much as you can from your money, so you want to ensure that the course is tailored enough to assist you with your learning needs. Understanding how you learn is a major factor you should consider when making a decision as it relates to support.

Free/Paid

Left for last, adhering to this critical step is a great place to begin your journey. Especially as a beginner. With the advent of video sharing platforms like YouTube, Udemy, Udacity, Alison, etc., learning has never been more accessible. Or cheap. Before you actually pay for a tech course, ask yourself if you can get all you need for free on YouTube. Spend time evaluating whether you want to pay for the course or if you would just rather spend more time self-studying.

While it is highly recommended that you get certified, spend some time consuming free content. This will expose you to the content and help you better understand if a tech field is for you or not. It also doesn’t require any upfront commitments, and it gives you the opportunity to explore and gain the clarity you need in regards to the more advanced course content you would like to consume and in what specific environment.

Conclusively, your journey to become a techie is one that solely depends on you. Spending time to define your needs and your reasons and developing a suitable game-plan is all on you. There is no one size fits all. However, before you give your money to another course vendor, really ask yourself if it is worth it. Only you can answer that. 

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