“I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach!”
Charles Dickens' 1843 classic A Christmas Carol tells the story of a selfish and greedy man who learns the importance of kindness, compassion and generosity. The story takes place over the Christmas holiday, which seems to be loved by all but the money-obsessed Ebenezer Scrooge. Scrooge’s love for money far exceeds his indifference toward the welfare of the people around him. His misdeeds have led him to a place of utter loneliness.
That Christmas Eve night, Scrooge is visited by four ghosts. One of the ghosts is Scrooge’s former business partner, who warns him of the eternal chains he is forging. The other ghosts are of Christmas past, present and Christmases yet to come. The latter three ghosts take Scrooge on a journey that reminds him of what led to his greed, shows him the current joyful (yet dire) state of the people around him, and eventually reveals his looming demise. Spoiler alert: Because of these encounters, Scrooge is a changed man.
Scrooge learns a powerful lesson that completely changes his behavior from selfish and greedy, to compassionate and generous. This behavioral change didn’t come from the ghosts sitting him down and talking to him about the changes that needed to happen — rather, Scrooge's spectral instructors helped him experience the necessary lessons. Experience is always the best teacher.
Much like Scrooge’s journey that brought about great change in his life, there is a way for prospective IT professionals to go on their own learning journey toward passing certification exams. TestOut Lab Simulations are designed to give students the most realistic workplace experience an online course can offer. This experience will prepare you better for your certification exam than anything else can.
Not only will the LabSim tool that's a part of every TestOut training course give you the best chance at passing your exam, but it will help you remember the material long after the exam is completed. This will make you a far more valuable working professional.
Don’t miss your opportunity for real change and growth by experiencing your IT training material rather than just hearing about it in a video. Try the lab simulations today, and see for yourself the difference some experience can make.
About the Author — Jake Slater is the social media manager for GoCertify and a graduate of Brigham Young University. Jake once performed a one-man production of "A Christmas Carol" where he set himself on his own shoulders while simultaneously playing the roles of Scrooge and Tiny Tim.