But how can you obtain this knowledge, what is the best path to take?
Of course there is always the self-study option, there being so many You Tube videos and free or relatively cheap coursesavailable both online and in book/DVD form.
But, is that really the most cost effective answer and as importantly, would any prospective employer rate this form of gaining knowledge as much as proof that you have attended a ‘proper’ highly thought of training academy?
It is this expert guidance and mentorship that makes all the difference, it allowing you to grasp ideas and concepts a lot faster than any self learning system can.Thishands on approach gives you the opportunity to learn directly from highly experienced instructors who can clarify any doubts and provide valuable insights.
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Another benefit of an instructor led course is the opportunity for hands-on practice with the knowledge that the instructor is there to help if you get stuck. After all it can be really annoying to go around and around a problem, trying to fix that error, when all it takes is someone with experience to guide you to the solution.
- Online self-paced courses: These courses are perfect for individuals who prefer to learn at their own pace and have the flexibility to study whenever and wherever they want. Online self-paced courses usually consist of pre-recorded video lessons, interactive exercises, and quizzes. They allow you to progress through the course material at your own speed and revisit concepts whenever needed.
- Live online courses: Live online courses combine the benefits of online learning with the interactivity of in-person courses. These courses are conducted in real-time, where you join virtual classrooms and interact with instructors and classmates through video conferencing tools. Live online courses offer the flexibility of online learning while still providing the opportunity for real-time interaction and feedback.
As you can see, these are all very different to a regular instructor led course. The Live online courses come close when it comes to getting that extra bit of help, but only to a limited degree as the tutor is not there ‘in the room with you’ and often don’t have enough time for each student. The Bootcamp is also not for all, as it is very intensive and thus does not suit slow learners or those who have limits on how much they can learn at any given time.