For those, like me, who don’t know the ways of the modern world, certificates [certs for short] are now apparently necessary for everything. As in, you can’t get a job in your area of expertise without one.
The particular Cert IV I’m after is in ‘Training and Assessment’. It will take about 6 months to complete, and will cost upwards of $1000. Once I have it, I will be allowed to do what I’ve done for donkey’s years, and that is teach people how to use computers.
Actually, I tell a little lie – I can volunteer to teach now, but if I want to get paid for it, I have to have this interesting piece of paper. Sadly, I do need to get paid because the bills keep coming. And yes, I know I’m a million times better off than a lot of people out there. I’m just having a little sook.
My reactions to all this are mixed. On the one hand I resent having to jump hoops like this. On the other hand, I’m relieved I have some way out of this financial dead end. And to be honest, I’ve always enjoyed learning, so that in itself is not a great hardship. But I really, really wish it was not so expensive. Unfortunately, as I already have a couple of tertiary qualifications, I’m not entitled to receive government assistance in ‘re-skilling’.
Anyway, I’ve been trawling the net most of the day trying to find a course provider close to home. No luck so far, but you’d be amazed at how many places offer there certificate courses. Seems as if there’s been a boom in this particular growth industry.
I just hope the industry will still be booming once I have that Cert IV in my hot little hands. Who’d a thunk growing old would turn out to be so… interesting.
On a MUCH happier note, I installed Corel Draw X6 last night, and discovered that those clever people at Corel kept the interface very similar to how it’s always been. There are lots of new features, but I’m taking my time discovering them one by one. It’s such an immense relief to know I’ll be productive straight away. Once I’ve learned some nifty new things I’ll write another techie post about them. Until then you’re safe. 🙂