This is not a chemistry lesson!
The worlds of IT, computing and commerce have evolved rapidly in recent years. We are well and truly living in the Information Age. However, the language, terminology and even the meanings of basic English words can be different amongst the inner circle of IT-workers, and even then they may be applied inconsistently, with vague and sometimes confusing nuances.
So where do you start to understand IT?
Here are a few ideas:
(1) Study a degree in Software Engineering or other IT-related subject. Of course that’s quite a commitment in time and money and I suggest is a vocational undertaking, not an, ‘I wonder what this is all about and will I like it anyway’ decision.
(2) Access other paid-for education materials, professional qualification or certification…or even books and magazines. All these are good sources of information, but may be costly, time consuming, and again – in my opinion – aren’t the start point for your particular journey of discovery, especially if you are thinking, ‘but I don’t know what I don’t know’.
(3) Find free stuff on the web. Of course always an option, as you can imagine there is a lot of content provided by professional bodies, training providers, bloggers etc. But you know the problem, too much is just too much, and where do I start?
(4) Learn on the job, however does this mean that you are in a role that expects or encourages some form of existing knowledge, experience or training, but does not provide it? I will come back to this particular conundrum in a later post.
(5) Stay here, you’ve already found the right place!
The IT elementary school will help guide you through this confusing world using small self-contained chunks of learning material. It’s not finished yet, but over the coming weeks and months the hard-working IT Chemist will be publishing all the IT elements, like the examples below. The rest of the team, Annie List and Captain BA will provide different perspectives for you, to help you gain a broader and deeper understanding of the subject matter, including how and where to apply your new-found knowledge, and some more advanced skills and techniques (Meet the team).
There is no set syllabus or programme to study, you don’t need to sign-up for anything, although it would be good if you registered for my email newsletter.
I hope you enjoy learning with us and provide feedback on what you like (or dislike), and any changes or new content that you want to see here. Welcome 🙂
Enjoy the journey.
(c) 2015 Antony Lawrence CBA Ltd.