Desktop publishing training can be formal, informal, or on-the-job training.
Free classes and tutorials found online offer flexible, self-paced learning while on-site classes, seminars, and distance learning programs offer expert instructors. Desktop publishing training videos and CD-ROMs provide visually-oriented training in your own home, at our own pace. Many employers readily accept on-the-job desktop publishing training in lieu of degrees or certification.
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Unlike many jobs in the computer industry, desktop publishing training and educational requirements most often take the form of non-degree courses and on-the-job training. Entry-level jobs and internships provide on-the-job training that can be a stepping stone to better positions or even future self-employment in desktop publishing. While on-the-job training may be the easiest training to acquire, it can take longer to move up the ladder if not supplemented by other desktop publishing training.
Self-paced, Independent Study
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Those who don't have the time or money for more formal or structured learning opportunities turn to self-paced study. Many avenues of training are available including books, training videos and CD-ROMs, free online tutorials and classes, magazines, and joining a design or software-related club or online discussion group. This type of training is also ideal for those with degrees, certification, or on-the-job training who want to stay up-to-date in the field.
Design or Printing Degree
Some employers may find a degree in printing or the graphic arts attractive. For some graphic design jobs, at least a bachelor's degree may be preferred and a master's degree even more desirable. Even when not required for employment, having a degree offers a great deal of flexibility and perhaps an advantage in finding the right job or a better-paying position.
Design or Desktop Publishing Certification
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Desktop publishing certification training says to the world that you are a highly skilled designer or user of specific types of software. Maybe a graphic design certificate or being an Adobe certified expert (ACE) can enhance your ability to land a job, get higher pay, or maybe the certification training involved will simply help you do work faster and more efficiently by increasing your design and software proficiency.
Instructor-led Classes or Distance Learning
Classes offered by local colleges and courses taken over the Internet offer structured learning of basic, intermediate, and advanced desktop publishing and printing techniques. Distance learning classes are often a good fit for those who need the discipline of a set course but the flexibility to fit the classes into their schedule. With or without being a certified class, this type of desktop publishing training can enhance employability and improve job performance.
Workshops, Conferences, Seminars
Attending workshops and seminars may be more useful for brushing up on specific skills such as advanced InDesign or Photoshop techniques than for a well-rounded education in desktop publishing techniques. For those with no formal instruction, occasional workshops and instructor-led seminars can supplement and enhance their self-taught or on-the-job training.
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