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Hello People - Some advice please?

Discussion in 'New Members Introduction' started by Stuck in the Mud, Dec 4, 2009.

  1. Stuck in the Mud

    Stuck in the Mud New Member

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    Hey all,

    I've had a look around the forums a few time and thought I would join today. I am 25 years old and was recently made redundant (finance broker). I really did not enjoy the line of work I was in and started on the path to a career change to IT. After taking some advice I am currently studying for the comptia A+ and N+

    I just wanted to ask realistically are there jobs out there for people who only have certs? I am looking to get into a trainee technician or helpdesk role to begin with. What should I do next after I pass my comptia exams? Is it worth writing to all the major companies with IT roles and let them know I am looking for a trainee position?

    Any advise will be much appreciated.

    PS. sorry if these questions belong somewhere else. If so please let me know. Thanks
     
  2. BosonMichael
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    Yes, there are jobs for people without experience. If there weren't, how would anyone get their start in IT? All of us had no experience when we were first starting out.

    That said, competition is fierce for those jobs, with a bunch of people wanting to get into IT, what with the job market as it is. That's why certifications can help set yourself ahead of your competition to make you look more attractive to employers.

    Welcome to the forums! :)
     
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  3. Stuck in the Mud

    Stuck in the Mud New Member

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    Hey, Thankyou.

    From what I can see self study seems like the best option for me at the moment. I guess if you want something you just have to keep trying and do what it takes to reach that goal. I wanted to do an apprenticeship as this would have given me some experience in the field while i get my qualifications, but the government here just pulled out all funding for over 25's! So the plan is to get the first few certs and get my cv out there. Write to all companies taking on IT employies, in my search for a trainee role.
     
  4. Josiahb

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    No need to limit yourself to the companies looking for IT staff, and no reason to wait till you've finished the certs. Get your CV up to date, focus on any customer service experience you have and start spreading it around!
     
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  5. JonnyMX

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    It's a fair point that I don't know if we've made properly before.

    IT is a pretty much specialised field with a lot of hardcore competition.
    A good way of starting out is to play on the skills you already have - Customer Service/Finance/Road Haulage/W@nking off Tramps etc and add that you also have strong IT skills.

    It's a start and it might get you in the back door.

    Er, if you know what I mean...

    :oops:
     
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  6. BosonMichael
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    You used Customer Service twice. :p
     
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    WIP: Just about everything!

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