Thursday, December 16, 2021

The Most Honest Feedback About Certain Career Training Programs


If one of your New Year's resolutions is to change careers or take some classes to upgrade your current skill set, be cautious.  You may know that a lot of entities are creating online training programs every hour, or so it seems.  For the past year, I've seen some pretty lazy (and greedy) mofos promise prospective pupils the world in little time but charge hefty tuition for the experience.

The above video talks specifically about the surge of UX/UI career training programs/bootcamps, digital marketing, online sales, etc.  Most of these job titles generally do not require a college degree but having one is highly recommended.  If you look at the reviews for those new Google certifications, pay attention to what's being said.

Not long ago I was interested in their User Experience program (At $40 a month, what did I really have to lose?) but the reviews that were clearly written in native English were very detailed.  There was a reason why this course was cheaper than taking a few units at the local community college.  According to the reviews, students listened to a pre-recorded lecture, there's no instructor interaction, and some parts of the curriculum didn't cover enough for anyone who didn't have previous experience to get an entry-level position.

Other former students also discovered delays in getting completed classes cleared.  Although it's implied that anyone who completes the course may be eligible to be placed at a number of well-known tech companies, this isn't guaranteed.  Before I began posting, I ran across a former student's video who experienced this but I'll listen and share at a later time.

About a year ago, I got burned by a company called Reliablesoft. They come up in a lot of searches for the best digital marketing training but this is bogus for anyone looking into a career change.  While I was able to get a holiday discount, their schtick was not only giving basic information that almost everyone familiar with e-commerce knows but in order to pass a module, I had to buy a third party's product.  I have a degree so I charged this misfortune to the game.

Be careful out there and if someone makes promises that sound too good to be true, don't be so quick to give up your PayPal information.  Even though some accredited public colleges and universities can be shady in their instruction, at least there's some accountability when things go totally south.

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Make Better Money Moves in 2022

It goes without saying that ish is getting high these days but finding ways to make more money in the coming year is one way to get ahead of the price jumps.  It's just a matter of matching yourself with something that's in demand - whether it be a product, service, or idea.  And because there may be steep competition, you may have to step up our promotion game.

Be braced for changes within industries.  In other words, promotional methods that may have worked five years ago may now have stricter requirements or request that you come up with something else upfront. Lately, I've been running into all kinds of craziness in promoting my past articles to the point where I wanted to throw in the towel.

However, be on alert for opportunities that may arise from the obstacles.  If you don't follow, here's an analogy.  You're interested in someone who's playing hard to get.  So much to the extent that watching their every move or decoding their communication has become a full-time job.  While it shouldn't get to that point, you may find yourself becoming bored with that person of interest and their games.  After you've stepped away (like a sane person and not someone determined to force a square peg through a round hole), you find there are others out there who enjoy good conversation and having a nice time instead of being a narcissist.  

Not every freelancing entity should try to be Amazon in terms of price-gouging.  And it's safe to say that the e-commerce giant will have its day as well.

Anyway, before I sign off for the year, I wanted to share this disclaimer.  While the speaker has great advice, I cannot attest to the fact that his suggestions will bring you $10K a month (a claim he makes on his YouTube page).  Seriously.  The UX/UI field is already becoming the registered nursing thing from 30+ years ago.  Meaning it will become saturated, some who make it will get burned out, and even more people will lose money paying outrageous tuition that doesn't result in a bachelor's or higher.

Enjoy Your Holiday and Thanks for Your Support!