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Hey, can anyone help?

Discussion in 'New Members Introduction' started by Bucks0706, Feb 19, 2006.

  1. Bucks0706

    Bucks0706 New Member

    Hey, I just found this site through google because I was trying to find some info about a computer firm that wants to interview me and thnaks to this site, I now know its a scam.

    Anyway, I generally just need some good advice from someone who has a fair bit of IT experience and knowledge so I hope someone can help. Ive basically finished university last July and have come out with a pretty good degree in economics. However, Im just not interested in working in a large bank unless is has something to do with IT. Since leaving uni, I've been trying to teach myself a fair bit of web design and programming with PHP and mysql. I find it really interesting and am considering trying to get a career that involves something connected with but is there any money left in web design?? Also, I was looking to do some sort of web design course at http://www.bcoc.co.uk but I just dont know if they are any good or worth the money because they all seem to take around 7 weeks which seems quite short to me to learn everything I would need. I need a lot of help picking the right course so if someone could get back in touch, Id really appreciate it. Cheers
  2. zimbo
    Honorary Member

    zimbo Petabyte Poster

    First of all welcome to CF! 8)

    I wouldnt call myself experienced (one year and a sit of network support) and i have no knowledge of web design but im going to pass down some advice my friend..

    Welcome to IT!!, if you have come for quick money then i think IT isnt for you! You going to have to work very hard and start from very little to get to the top or to where you want to be. It looks like you have already tried something you like and if you want to further your knowledge in PHP and MYSQL then i suggest you look at buying a couple of books and/or looking at the CIW course.
    What i would do is first get some skills under you belt.. look for experience (paid AND unpaid - you WILL need experience!!) then look at the cert...

    Good Luck! 8)
    Certifications: B.Sc, MCDST & MCSA
    WIP: M.Sc - Computer Forensics
  3. Bucks0706

    Bucks0706 New Member

    Do you know what employers are looking for in IT? Im sure that I could find quite a decent job being involved with PHP and MySQL but Ive been told that there is high demand for .NET Web Developers?
  4. Boycie
    Honorary Member

    Boycie Senior Beer Tester

    Hi and welcome aboard, glad you found us.

    There seems to be good prospects for all who can specialise in one area of IT. What attracts me to SQL is that it seems to be so widely used...

    Good luck. Oh, try doing a job search on all the agencies sites and see the most popular job description.
    Certifications: MCSA 2003, MCDST, A+, N+, CTT+, MCT
  5. hbroomhall

    hbroomhall Petabyte Poster Gold Member

    One rule to bear in mind:

    When someone tells you "There is a high demand for X" ask yourself whether there is a hidden agenda. Particularly if they are trying to sell you something - quite often X!

    There is good demand for many things in computing, but experience is the deciding factor here most times. If you don't have experience don't despair - there are ways in, but usualy involving making tea at first!

    The combo you have mentioned is popular, and there are many jobs out there which demand it. You need to demonstrate a) enthusiasm, and b) some measure of experience to land the better jobs.

    I'd suggest you put together a website that shows off just how good you are, and take a copy to interviews, or show the interviewers the site on the 'net.

    Certifications: ECDL A+ Network+ i-Net+
    WIP: Server+
  6. simongrahamuk
    Honorary Member

    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

    Some great advise said already. Welcome to CF! :biggrin
  7. Veteran's son

    Veteran's son Megabyte Poster

    Hello! :)
    Certifications: A+
    WIP: N+

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