Enrolling on an IT training course can be a nerve-wracking experience. To start with you are putting it out there that you require help in a particular field or with a specific product and that can often make you feel vulnerable or even stupid, even though very few professionals are entirely self-taught when it comes to software.

Secondly, you may worry about whether you have booked the right course. There are a huge amount of courses out there all shouting out that they are the greatest and best value for money. Picking through the false claims and misleading detail can be a real headache but it is essential that you identify exactly what you require if you are going to get the most out of the experience.

Yet a high quality training course on the Microsoft Office suite can prove to be invaluable both to your day to day efficiency in the office and to your long term career prospects. If you can prove to a potential employer that you are fully versed in Dreamweaver or an expert in Access you will have a significant advantage of those who merely claim a superficial understanding.

The most crucial factor in a successful training course is the trainer themself. If you are saddled with a poor trainer whose communication is poor and makes their students feel even more confused the experience can turn you off the very idea of improving your IT knowledge and severely hamper your future career.

So what are some of the key things to look out for in a good trainer?

The first skill is listening. A good trainer will want to help every single student but every single student does not have the same requirements or end goals. Only by listening, and listening properly, to what each student wants to get out of a training session will the trainer be able to identify the key areas for work and tailor the session to each student's needs.

Interactivity is also essential to a really solid understanding of any particular program. Good trainers constantly ask open ended questions that make their student's think in a lateral and productive way as well as providing numerous opportunities to feel their way around a program with many practical examples.

As outlined at the start of this article enrolling on a training course takes a certain amount of guts and so many students are likely to feel awkward or inadequate at the outset. For this reason it is crucial to put students at their ease and to encourage them in the progress that they are making on the course. Positivity and motivation are invaluable in a scenario where people may feel that they are being judged over their level of ability.

A trainer who follows all of these tenets is a real find and can be a huge influence on the direction that a student's career takes. For as much as a student absorbs the practical information on an IT course they also take away the atmosphere and vibe of a productive session.