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Discussion in 'CIW Certifications' started by bennyboy, Nov 6, 2006.

  1. bennyboy

    bennyboy New Member

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    Hi everyone,

    I am currently working towards the master ciw website manager qualification.
    I am currently an engineer and i am hoping 2 gain a new and successful career in web development.
    I have completed 2 open uni courses (M150 & T171).
    I have completed the foundation part of the course and am nearly ready 2 sit the foundation exam.
    I feel that now is the right time 2 seek some I.T experience , unfortunately i am having trouble seeking employment (The agencies keep offering me telesales work!)
    Ive applied 4 voluntry posts but this has been unsuccesful also.
    Has anybody had the same trouble? Or is there any1 out there who may be able 2 advise me on strategies etc..

    Many thanx in advance:)
     
  2. BosonMichael
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    Developers have it easy: simply develop something. Have something built that you can show an employer. Take the initiative to do it on your own so that you can display your skills. Don't just say you can do it... DO IT! :)
     
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  3. bennyboy

    bennyboy New Member

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    Thanx michael I guess ive just gotta b prepared 2 put the time in 8)
     
  4. BosonMichael
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    All of us burn the midnight oil at some time or another in order to further our careers. Best of luck to you!
     
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    WIP: Just about everything!
  5. tripwire45
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    Ironically, I've turned into a site admin and am pursuing the content of the CIW coursework (without meaning to) just in the course of my job. I was hired as a contract technical writer to consolidate the content of several intranet sites into one.

    A number of software support divisions for Micron (think DRAM) have merged and they needed someone to pull all of their documentation together. Micron has also made a major commitment to the use of Microsoft's SharePoint Portal Server technology.

    I wasn't much of a web person before but now I find that I'm moving in that direction. If I ever sit for the CIW exams, it will be because I'm out there doing that sort of job anyway.

    Moral of the story (more or less) is that web administration and perhaps development seem to go hand-in-hand with documentation. Who'd have figured...
     
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  6. Keimos

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    Hi bennyboy,

    Welcome to world of web design or work.

    The qualification teaches you the skills but you have to sell yourself. Create a portfolio of websites. Your own or friends.

    Show what you can do. The skills learnt in the CIW course are probably more than most people have. The bottom line, like an artist, you have to prove what you have learnt.

    CIW is a good qualification but at the end of the day you are looking for Web Manager type jobs, basically an all rounder, but webbies want to know that you can chip in whenever needed.

    So take out programming or development work and look for people that are looking for a solid background, which you should have. The qual you are studying is basically as an all rounder. Master of nothing but you know lots of stuff and can therefore control a sites development.

    That is the type of job you should be looking for, As you really ( I do not know from your post your actual experience) be going for that sort of placement.

    Keimos
     
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