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career change

Discussion in 'Training & Development' started by monks, Aug 8, 2007.

  1. monks

    monks New Member

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    Hi all, I have recently decided on a career change into IT. The area I would like to work in is basically the general maintanance and repair of computers( is this classed as computer engineering?)
    I was just wondering what would be the best steps to get into this (e.g. courses, jobs at the bottom, steping stones etc) as I am working in a completely irrelivant job field t present.
    Many thanks.

    Approved - Boyce
     
  2. Beerbaron

    Beerbaron Megabyte Poster

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    its probably more a technician than an engineer. your best bet would be to start in first line support and move your way up. Have you got any it experience?

    Approved - Boyce
     
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  3. BosonMichael
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    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

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    No, it's not considered computer engineering... PC technical support would probably be as close to "general maintanance and repair of computers" as you can get.

    Entry-level IT jobs include. but are not limited to, help desk tech, field service tech, and PC repair tech. You might even get into a first-level desktop support role.

    The primary entry-level certification is the A+ certification, which lines up extremely well with what you want to do.

    Welcome, and best of luck!
     
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  4. greenbrucelee
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    greenbrucelee Zettabyte Poster

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    What he said, I am studying toward the A+ at the mo

    And Welcome to CF :D
     
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  5. nXPLOSi

    nXPLOSi Terabyte Poster

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    Welcome to the forums :)
     
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  6. Theprof

    Theprof Petabyte Poster Forum Leader

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    Welcome to the forums and I also agree with the fellas here. Good luck.
     
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  7. monks

    monks New Member

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    Thanks a lot for your help much appreciated. Think I'll start looking into the A+
     

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