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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?
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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