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New young & a little lost

Discussion in 'New Members Introduction' started by stubbs89, Jan 25, 2008.

  1. stubbs89

    stubbs89 Bit Poster

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    Hi guys my names Paul I'm 18 and i finished 6th form (college) last year.

    I'm now looking for work and have had a couple of small temp jobs since last September but now i really want to focus on beginning my career in something i enjoy, which is computing.

    I'm more than capable with a computer and feel i could do well out of it as a career as well as friends/family etc thinking so.

    I've been looking around the site for the last week or so trying to absorb as much as i can.

    Anyway, that's it see ya around. :)
     
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  2. dmarsh

    dmarsh Terabyte Poster

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    I would advise that you look at a foundation degree or a HND and try to get at much work experience at the same time as possible. Either get work placements during holidays or do a part time course. Apprenticeships are also possible with some large IT companies and they are normally targeted at 16-18 year olds, I know someone who is now a network engineer but he started off on a YTS scheme with IBM. If you did well on your A-levels you might consider a full time degree.

    Best of Luck ! :biggrin
     
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  3. simongrahamuk
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    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

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    I'll second what dmarsh has said.

    I started out with an apprenticeship doing NVQ's got a couple of Microsoft exams under my belt, moved on, did a foundation degree and more ms certs, and moved on again.
     
  4. wizard

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    Hi there and welcome to CF 8)
     
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  5. wagnerk
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    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

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    Hi & welcome to CF :)

    -Ken
     
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  6. greenbrucelee
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    Hi Welcome :)
     
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  7. Hades

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    Hi Welcome :)
     
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  8. UCHEEKYMONKEY
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    UCHEEKYMONKEY R.I.P - gone but never forgotten. Gold Member

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    Hello & Welcome to CF:biggrin
     
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  9. BosonMichael
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    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

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    Welcome! If we can answer any questions, please let us know!
     
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  10. sunn

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    The advice dmarsh26 gave sounds about right. If it’s an option, you might want to consider doing some volunteer jobs to gain valuable experience.

    Good Luck…
     
  11. BosonJosh

    BosonJosh Gigabyte Poster

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    Welcome to the forums!
     
  12. no_one_here

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    Pull up a chair, lad; you're welcome here. There's room over there.

    I'ld agree with dmarsh about the degree, but if you don't want to spend 3-4 years in Uni, there's always the Open University. You can study while working, and they've got a variety of courses.
     
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  13. stubbs89

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    Thanks guys, I'm not looking to go to university. Would a hnd or foundation degree have to be done through a university? I'm looking more self study whilst I work (perhaps not an IT job at first but) I've been looking at all the ciw courses n stuff on this forum.

    btw theres another thread in the training and development section.
     
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  14. Bluerinse
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    Bluerinse Exabyte Poster

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    G'day and welcome to CF.

    Whatever you decide to do, if you really want a career in IT, you cant go wrong by starting off by self studying the CompTIA A+.

    Good luck,

    Pete
     
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