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Hi all,

I started as a graduate trainee for a large non-IT company 9 months ago.  I have been working on web-based applications for about the past 4 months using technologies such as VBScript, ASP, Crystal and some, limited, JavaScript.  My degree is in Management and so far my company has not given me any training at all in the above technologies (I had an Introduction to Programming course when I started).  I find that I am struggling to do the work as I do not have any basic training.  I know that it is not just a case of me being thick(!) as I did really well on the aptitude test for the interview.  I really think it is just a case of increasing my knowledge.  The problem is that I'm not someone who learns easily from books - I much prefer to be taught or shown things.  Can anyone recommend any courses (in the UK - preferably London) or training programmes that might be suitable?  It would be preferable if they were outside working hours and not too expensive.  At the moment, it is having a de-motivational effect on me as I just feel I'm not achieving anything.

Thanks very much for your help - I really appreciate it!

kind regards,
Blue

RE: Training Advice

I would suggest a major college evening or extension course.

My experience has been that after a certain level the only way to gain more knowledge is through self study.  

I have not yet heard of a course being offered on Advanced XML Data Structures for Wireless Applications.

Your demotivational effect is normal on the learning curve. If you like what you are doing, you are more then likely getting ready for second wind. It sounds like you are in the process of defineing your focus and goals.

G'luck
Ivan

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(OP)
Thanks for that.

I guess what I really want to ask is, is it ok that I'm struggling or does it simply mean I'm cr*p?!   (bearing in mind that when I started here I didn't even know what e.g.  client/server or any of the most simple things were!!)

RE: Training Advice

Blue, The fact that you're concerned about your performance and trying to learn instead of simply collecting a paycheck immediately says that you're not 'crap'.  

The IT field consists of many different technologies and disciplines, each of which has a nearly endless depth of information to absorb if you choose to dig deep enough.  To try and gain a working knowledge of a number of areas at once is quite difficult.  Then, since tech is always moving forward, you have to continue to study to keep up.  We all struggle, at least from time to time, since the field is a career-long learning  experience.  The day you stop studying is the day you're ready for retirement.

Keep studying any way you can.  One bright spot that I've experienced is that it's difficult to start a brand new subject from books alone, but as your knowledge base expands, adding to it from books should become easier.

Good Luck!

Jeff
  
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