Why training is the biggest challenge and opportunity for your dev team

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“Two thousand bucks for a one-week class? Seems a little steep.”

“Can we really justify taking one of our developers out of the office for a whole week? What about the travel costs? ”

“I can’t even tell if this class is worth the time. Should we really bother sending anyone?”

If any of the above sound familiar, you’re not on an island. These are common challenges for companies of all kinds when it comes to technology education, especially for their dev teams.

However, these challenges are often times no more than outdated excuses that stand in the way of lifelong learning for your developers. Technology continues to change, and with that change come new approaches and opportunities. Mature tech can sometimes feel a bit more static—languages such as C# or Java, or database tech such as Oracle or SQL—is easy to put on the back burner when you think you and your team know all you need to currently. By watching small changes in each new release pass by, you’ll be missing out on structural changes and day-to-day wins, like how to construct a query for the best performance.

Lifelong learning: turning challenges into opportunities

Let’s get strategic for a second: Think of your developers as a tactical asset. We’re talking a SWAT team of tech talent here, OK? And you never know when an opportunity will present itself to your organization. It could be in the form of new services, new markets, or a new audience—who knows? But when the opportunity comes knocking, you’ll need technology support. 

Enter the educated developer

A fresh mind that’s up-to-date with the latest technologies and can help you speedily identify the approach and tools that could lead you in the right direction. That puts you halfway to the finish line, ready to skill up the rest of your team and make a move, instead of stepping off back at the starting line.

Ongoing education, an antidote for boredom

The best developers also happen to be very smart people—and that might mean they can get bored easily if not engaged. Lack of variety is one factor that can leave developers feeling antsy enough to update their resume and look for jobs elsewhere. Education can help them keep up with the industry rather than feeling mired in one project, day in and day out. 

On-demand learning vs. classroom

That five-day intensive classroom workshop with the big fat price tag—not to mention the soft costs of missed work—isn’t the only way to bring education to the table for developers. Flexible options such as online courses, video tutorials or other bite-sized training are all alternatives to the traditional classroom approach that allow developers to dip into training and then get back to work. If your teams work in project cycles, drop in training during the downtime after a release is shipped.

And that’s just the beginning. Read our guide and discover more ways to make it work.

Get the guide: Developers & lifelong learning: The challenges & opportunities impacting your team

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Pluralsight is the technology skills platform. We enable individuals and teams to grow their skills, accelerate their careers and create the future.