I’m planning on doing a couple of things in this area.
Firstly I’m organising a few of the guys from the IT team to do some Microsoft qualifications (Server ones) because my formal qualifications are rather lacking, and that could count against me if I wanted to find a new job. From what I’ve heard about them I shouldn’t need to do too much training to get a pass, but I’d like to do really well if I can. CCNA is something else that would probably be beneficial for me.
The other thing I want to do is learn Python! As much as I like PHP it’s not really cut out for writing applications, even though I have enough of a command of PHP to make it pretend pretty damn well! There is also a new open source project I have discovered that I want to have a go at adding some features too, which is the project I’ve needed to get started. I find it really hard just doing exercises. I need a real project to work on or I lose interest really fast.
If anyone has any resources to suggest for either of the above, that would be awesome!