Every two years our organization polls its employees on a variety of topics related to the work place. The previous two rounds Education/Training has been at the top of the issues, and it came in at a close second this time around. The continuing issue with it is that our true IT people in the department (its confusing, its a hospital) are staffed incredibly lean, and getting the time and money to go do a boot camp is pretty much impossible at this point. Our IT Department currently has 19 people in it. 3 staff and a manager for the help desk, and 2 staff and a manager/engineer for the infrastructure. 2 staff are general IT Analysts that do a lot of the report writing for the EMR systems. The other 10 people are staff and a manager for the EMR support and training. Back onto topic now.
The issue at hand is getting the time and the money to get any actual training and education. I am new in my role of Network Analyst, just finishing up my first year in January. I do not even have my CCNA or any Cisco certifications at all. The organization took at shot on giving me the job and I am doing my best to live up to their expectations, and I personally feel that getting some progress made on at least getting a Cisco certification would be a good foot to put forward on this. Problem is as many of you know, going to a bootcamp for a Cisco certification is expensive on both time and budget. I actually went to my department Director and presented him with what it would cost for time and money to go to a CCNA boot camp. Let's just say it's a good thing I work in a hospital because I think he almost needed to go visit the ER when he looked at the cost. It was more then the company gave him for a training budget for the entire department for the entire year.
At this point I am looking for something that I would be able to do more on a piece by piece basis. So the big question I have for everyone is, what do you do for your training and education needs? I have looked into a few things, most of them being online. I have checked out online programs through colleges, but they are time and budget expensive most of the time, and not really open to a single class here and there. I have looked into the CBT Nuggets and that one looks like it could be a good route. I have also looked into vendor specific training and education programs. There are so many options out there I am pretty much the dog stuck between two food bowls and can't chose one so I am starving to death lol.