+ 0 Votes Most bang for your buck Dr Dij 6 years ago take the training courses at IEEE (computer.org) or ACM (acm.org). they have the thousands of skillsoft and element-K courses which go for hundreds elsewhere basically free for the year while you are a member. Each is a bit over $100/year. browse their course catalog to see which you might want to join. and both look good on resume. even have local meetings.I've been taking project managment, VB, SAP and many other courses. THey have LOTS of m$ courses, some are actually by m$ (their course on reading xml for example).mindleaders is also good. a bit more but not alot more, they have a specific m$ course bundle you can buy, or a graphics art group (flash, photoshop, etc) and you can get cisco, java in another tech group.Secondly, download free trials, clear a month from your calendar of free time and actually use them. others like oracle you can download and keep using.the ieee and acm also have online books. I've read about DW - they have inmon, kimball books and others. included with subscription they have both safari.oreilly books and books24x7 subsets you can read online. This takes more concentration than watching TV but once I started reading inmon on dw I found his style incredibily 'readable'.Goto sites that you are interested in and run their product demos, read their lit, sign up for their webinars...m$ site has videos on how to use their products also.join user groups with specific to product you think you might like to use at work:tek-tips.com is one, hundreds of specific product problem groups, and ittoolbox another. read and see if their problems is something you might want to solve all day.And learn about non-IT stuff related to biz: communication, management, etc. mindleaders and the prof societies both have sections of courses dedicated to improving both yourself and your general biz skills. + 0 Votes thanks TekBoyNY 6 years ago Thanks for the great advise!!!