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Has anyone volunteered in a computer shop to gain experience?

Discussion in 'Employment & Jobs' started by jo74, Jan 16, 2011.

  1. jo74

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    I can't really volunteer for a charity for that long as that would be during the week but I have to find (any) job (and soon!).

    So I'm thinking that the alternative could be volunteering in a local computer shop on a Saturday (no local charities appear to have opportunities on Saturdays).

    Has anyone else done it? Was it primarily a 'backroom' role or were you serving customers (or both)?
     
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  2. coolc

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    The way i found volunteer i.t work experience work from was I went and grabbed the phone book and google and I looked up local I.T companies and I emailed them and wrote my interest.
     
  3. The_Geek

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    Church is another place that you can get experience and use it on a resume.
     
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  4. BosonMichael
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    Eh? There are likely to be plenty of churches who need Saturday and/or Sunday help. Other charities are probably out there who need help on the weekends (you know, during the time everyone else is off work and have the time to volunteer to help the charity... get what I'm trying to say?)
     
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  5. ericrollo

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    Churches in the UK don't need IT staff.
     
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  6. BosonMichael
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    How are churches in the UK different from churches in the US? Are they banned from using computers? Cause if they're not, they need IT people from time to time.
     
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  7. jo74

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    The volunteering opportunites in my area are only from Mon - Fri and in the daytime.

    I wouldn't have considered churches given that I'm a big fan of Richard Dawkins.:dry

    There some churches in my area - but they were shut down years ago.
     
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  8. ericrollo

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    Honestly our local church has not even have an organist to play its organ for the last 5 years.

    A very small percentage of the UK population goes to church.
     
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  9. BosonMichael
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    You didn't answer my question. I didn't ask whether there were many active churches, nor did I ask how your local church was... I asked how churches in the UK - however few there are - don't need IT staff. For those few that exist, and for those who use computers in any capacity, they need people to help administer them... usually church volunteers.
     
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  10. BosonMichael
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    Well, you asked; I simply gave you one option to consider. I never said you needed to become a Christian.

    Unless you live in a remote town of only a few thousand people, there are likely volunteering opportunities that you simply haven't considered or discovered. I live in a small town of around 25,000 people, and there are dozens of volunteer opportunities I could devote my time and energy to.
     
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  11. ericrollo

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    I cant recall ever seeing a church with computers.

    I have seen a couple cathedrals with a point of sale device for selling merchandise though.
     
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  12. BosonMichael
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    Unless the UK has somehow become completely devoid of churches, I'd be quite surprised if those with more than a hundred members didn't have a computer.

    Believe it or not, there's even a market for church management software that helps churches to track member information and donations. I've provided IT support for two churches (on a for-pay, non-volunteer basis) and both of them used it; the church I currently attend uses it as well.

    So... for those who DO have an active church in their area, volunteering at a church IS a viable way to get some experience. Those who don't have an active church nearby can volunteer at any number of service organizations, such as those that cater to the poor, to the sick, to the elderly, or to youth. And this is just a few options for volunteering...
     
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    I imagine very few have computers then.
     
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    Wow, really? 71% of the UK's population purport to be Christian, yet "a very small percentage of the UK population goes to church", and the few churches that exist have no more than a small handful of members? :blink Jesus wept. If this is true, then I wonder what those 40 million people are doing on Sunday.

    Never fear, guys. I'm pretty sure there will be a ton of mosques opening up where you can volunteer.
     
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    Trust me folks when I say this and Mike knows what I think about religion and all that not that it has to do with anything but I guarantee you all that nearly every church in the country has a system. Wether its a stand alone pc or a couple of stand alone PCs, a peer to peer network or a LAN/WAN they have them, remember the network or stand alone system doesn't have to be in the church they can be running from the priests/vickers house.

    I remember when I was about 12 when I went to a wedding service my local church had two PCs in rectory, one had a database on it containing how many members there were and which members participated in church activities and which members donated. The other one spreadsheets and wordprocessors on but I am not sure exactly what info the preadsheets had on them.

    There is actually a lot more to church that just a sunday service you know.
     
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    To help grow a healthy and consistent church, effective church management software is needed. It does not matter if your church is a church plant or an established church. Church management software is specialized software that assists churches and other religious organizations in organization and automation of daily operations. Churches use the packages to reduce the cost of operations and track the growth in their congregations.
     
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    My church seems to be quite big into IT judging by this thread. They have a small team (volunteers) run the video and sound system so that all can see and hear on on plasma screens if they are seated a bit from the front. They also run the power point presentations for the Pastor and the lyrics for the assembled audience for the hymns. That is just on Sundays. Other than that there is the websites, plus numerous databases and the necessary admin work (payroll, accountancy, auditing...). Just like any normal company, except it is all voluntary.

    They must be doing something right, as for 2011 they have added another service (was 2, now 3) due to over crowding.
     
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    Suffering from 40 million hangovers!!!!
     
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