Hello my name is XXXXX XXXXX I will be happy to assist you.
Congrats on your new job!
I am an IT professional and have been working in IT for about 10 years now. It can be difficult if you don't have a lot of on the job experience and keeping up with all the new technologies can be tough.
One of the reasons I answer questions on this website is to keep sharp always expanding my knowledge base.
When you get locked into a job you tend to start dealing with the issues that come up at the company and sometimes you can fall behind on other aspects of IT.
I personally aside from courses I took when going for certs never paid for online training. However I honestly find youtube the number one source for almost anything I am looking to learn more about. You can find a tutorial or training video for just about anything.
It really depends on how you learn best, XXXXX XXXXX videos and message boards help the most. Also for awhile I was really into these training guides here:http://www.cbtnuggets.com/
Another site I use a lot is:http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/
That is a great site for virus removal and keeping up with the latest infections.
The botXXXXX XXXXXne really is, no one knows it all. I didn't understand that when I first started working in IT.
So if you need specific training, for example you need to be the administrator of an exchange server, then you may want to look into taking a course online or otherwise.
But it is difficult to say where to go for just "general" IT knowledge up keep you know?
I tend to find that experience is the best learning tool as you will always be seeing something new the longer you are on the job or doing other jobs for people.
The websites you mentioned above look fine if you want to pay money for instruction on something specific.
If you are interested in answering questions on this site you can apply to do so herehttp://www.justanswer.com/professional
You see alot of different issues answering here and it is definitley a good way to broaden your knowledge base while earning some extra cash.
Aside from that training is always good but I would suggest before you invest a lot of money in online courses you try either free resources online, usually a google search on whatever subject you need will yield results or maybe buy a book on whatever subject you need to brush up on.
For example if you are doing virtualazion, you may want to take a course on the specific software that is being used.
What I am saying is IT is very large field as you know, so I think you need to decide exactly what aspects you would like to keep current or learn more about for example I work on servers at my job which did cause me to fall behind on "home user" type of problems. By answering questions on this site I keep sharp on all the current more everyday types of issues that regular users have.
I am just saying that as an example it may be different for you.
If you would like some more suggestions reply back and provide some more specifics about the areas you would like to keep current in or learn more about and I may have some more ideas.