Let's first clear up the popular misconception that IT training is only for those whose expertise already lies in the IT field. This is absolutely untrue. While it helps to be in the same field, IT is so vast that even if you are already a part of it, you are only knowledgeable about a tiny drop in the ocean. The next drop is just as alien to you as it would be to a drop that is not part of that ocean. IT training is for everyone who desires to make a career for themselves in the field of computers.
All of us have some experience using computers - maybe something as simple as checking email - but even that helps toward getting trained in IT. Once you have decided that you are going to get trained in the IT field, there are a few things you need to know before getting started.
IT is a very vast area. There are so many branches and sub-branches to these branches - it could make your head spin! There is the branch of programming which sub-branches again into computer languages, complete program packages and development tools. Closely related to this is the database branch of programming, which sub-branches again into database administration, database development and programming. There are also a wide variety of databases from simple Access to Oracle to SQL Server. Another branch of IT is related to testing and quality assurance. Yet another branch would be help desk and support-related services. You could also work in networking, hardware, design, troubleshooting and more. The list is almost endless. Keeping this in mind, the first step you need to take is to get contact an IT professional who has more than a decade's worth of experience; hopefully this will be someone who knows you very well. Talking to this person will help you determine which branch of IT would interest you the most.
Once you decide which area of IT to pursue, you need to make sure that you have the aptitude required for this career...for example, programming is not everyone's cup of tea. Once you have decided on exactly the kind of training you want, the next step is to find an institute that is offering training in the field of your choice. If you don't have the time to attend classes, you could even take an online course. This will save you time and money, and allows you to get trained at your own pace. Just make sure the training facility or website is reputable and offers the latest technology courses. You need to make sure that the certificate you get at the end of the course holds value. Most of the IT training institutes offer placement opportunities for successful candidates. Make sure that yours does too!
When you start taking these IT courses, you might feel a little overwhelmed at first. Stick in there. It will only get better, and once you get the knack of it, you will be amazed at how easy and logical everything is. After a few months of hard work, you'll be well on your way to becoming a true blue IT professional. Good luck!