Ok, super quick 2 “yes-no” questions, my friends..
- Is your boss willing to pay for your learning at professional IT-courses?
- Does your boss expect that you stay top-notch professional and be better than other professionals available on the market?
The more I travel and see the impact of financial crisis on the IT-industry, the more that there in almost no exceptions from “1. No, never again. 2. Yes, of course”
I’m really glad that my colleagues in Redmond understand the market conditions and (which is more important) understand needs of the IT-community. That’s why we see more and more FREE courses on latest technologies. I wrote earlier about many free learning resources (and other free stuff from MS) and I glad to add another one to it…
Channel 9 is offering a free Silverlight 4 Training Kit. The training kit includes a whitepaper explaining all of the new Silverlight 4 features, several hands-on-labs that explain the features, and a 8 unit course for building business applications with Silverlight 4.
So my suggestion is simple - get the bits (for free) –> get trained (for free) –> get paid (well, here you need to invest some of your time :))