Hi there, just a bit of an introduction!
I found my passion for IT and helping people in college, and in 1996 I got my first job with the title ‘IT Trainer’ for a large construction firm. Since then I’ve worked in different industries and for a range of different companies, from training firms through to large and small internal training departments.
More recently, around 2012 – I moved into the contractor world under my own limited company – Michelle Kaye Training Ltd.
As a contractor* I’ve meet some great people, worked for some interesting companies, learnt some new things and trained hundreds of people in a range of desktop applications and hardware.
*contracting for me means working with a company for a period of time most often on a specific project. Rather than freelancing where it can be a day here or there as well as longer term.
While I most often focus on something to do with Microsoft – Windows, Office Suite/Microsoft 365 (previously called Office 365) – I’m happy to learn most applications ready to train users.
My training philosophy
I believe that training needs to be centred around the learner. The days of sitting in a room watching a trainer show you things are long dead.
Training should be enjoyable (no more death by PowerPoint) but it needs to achieve some practical learning at the same time.
I love to learn new things: –
- job specific (e.g. new ways of learning, a new way to design the course or the handout),
- personal (e.g. trivia about films – did you know that Back To The Future changed the time machine from a fridge to a DeLorean as they were concerned kids would climb into fridges?)
- general information (e.g. we walk around with more technology in our pockets that was used to send man to the moon)
Welcome to my thoughts, opinions and general musings!