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Advice on becoming a computer tech sought


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#1 Ximo

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Posted 14 September 2011 - 06:37 AM

Hi guys!


If you are a computer tech and have advice on which path / field you would recommend pursuing in the computer field -
I would love to hear from you!


I have decided (at 36years old) that I want to change careers, and become a computer technician. My initial research
has told me that there are various different fields under this title - e.g. information security, information management etc...
Also there are so many different Certificates - Diplomas; then Doctorate - PHD - Masters... What do I actualy NEED to
get a job with computers? Is On-line / Tafe / or University the best option?


If you can save me a heap of time and effort (not to mention $) by telling me of courses/qualifications that are a waste of
time, or courses/ qualifications that you would recommend or deem essential, it would be greatly appreciated...


As I am entering the field late in the game I would love to avoid as many mistakes as possible, and get the most useful
qualifications in the shortest time - ending in a good job.


If you have been through the process - and could go back and do it all over again - what would you do differently?


Do you rate your job as the best type of job under the banner 'Computer Technician'? Do you enjoy it?
-or-
Which field would you pick if you knew then (when you first decided to be a computer tech), what you know now?


What is the WORST field to get into - what area should I avoid! I am keen to learn from your your experience...


I love computers and enjoy: building / fixing / upgrading / fighting viruses / creating (web pages - movies - music) using
software / downloading - installing / optimizing... I love new programs and utilities... not so much into the programming
or gaming side... I would also love to work from home if I could... but I think I will be happy as long as I am playing with
computers and getting paid - lol. Job enjoyment / satisfaction rates over earnings...



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#2 rectangleeye

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Posted 05 August 2012 - 04:25 PM

I live in florida and I have a technical certification in computer systems technology. I have found that this certification alone has only really been enough to get me unpaid internship positions and entry level office jobs that require a slightly higher than normal level of computer literacy. When it comes to actual jobs in the field, or starting a CAREER, I think that could be very difficult. I don't feel that businesses take technical certifications very seriously, I am now enrolled in community college for computer programming which I was able to get federal funding to attend. Even if I was paying 100% tuition it would still be about the same price per year as attending tech school, if all goes as planned it will take me 2-3 years to complete an A.S. in computer programming which I hope will take me much farther than what I currently have. If I could go back and do it again I would have gone straight to college and avoided tech school completely. Based on my experience I think that I was robbed of time and a good education by taking that route. Best of luck to you, good to see someone walking a similar path to my own.




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