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    Is it still worth it?

    I'm back on the job market and have been looking to get back into education as there is no real IT work in the private where I am now.

    I have applied for several jobs and have had no luck so far not even one interview I'm beginning to think that this is a just a complete waste of time trying to get back into education or IT for that matter as 7 months out seems to be too long a time away.

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    I guess it depends whether or not you get back into education, only to then get knocked back out of education by BSF

    Its still currently as interesting a job choice as its always been, although to be honest, I am looking around myself lately, keeping my options open. Alot of thought lately in my head about whether to stay where I am or move on. As things stand at the moment, I think if I saw the right thing, I would move on.

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    I recently got out of education - and must say I'm enjoying the real world alot more.

    less of the ridiculous ideas/expectations that seem to plague educational establishments

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    The problem I am finding is that because I do not have a degree or A levels for that matter my 8 years experience now counts for nothing. I have been told by 2 agencies today that they only put me forward for jobs so that I make the favoured candidate look good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by richard View Post
    The problem I am finding is that because I do not have a degree or A levels for that matter my 8 years experience now counts for nothing.
    Maybe time to get some qualifications / certifications sorted out? Could you go back to college to get a couple of A-levels (I'm guessing you're under 25 still, so there should be some grants / free study available)? Could you start working towards something like the CompTIA A+ and subsequent qualifications from home?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dhicks View Post
    Maybe time to get some qualifications / certifications sorted out? Could you go back to college to get a couple of A-levels (I'm guessing you're under 25 still, so there should be some grants / free study available)? Could you start working towards something like the CompTIA A+ and subsequent qualifications from home?

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    Agencies are always a nightmare - typical corporate HR, they tick boxes and don't actually look at experience or potential.

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    Quote Originally Posted by richard View Post
    No I'm 38 now
    No worries - I have a friend the exact same age who is only now starting a degree. You'd probably find that something like the CompTIA qualifications would suit you:

    CompTIA A+ Certification

    It looks like you take the basic exam, then decide on a specialism of some kind. It's the kind of thing you can study from home and just take the exam for, so with suitable experience you can likely just whizz through it in no time.

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    I'll ignore the last message

    If you wanna get me your cv I'll see what we have currently although I don't think we have anything close to ramsgate at the moment, I don't have too much success in kent but you never know

    We work exclusively in education and they tend to favour schools experience over qualifications, although putting yourself through qualifications not only shows your strength in the topic area but also your desire to develop a career in your chosen industry

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    Quote Originally Posted by dhicks View Post
    No worries - I have a friend the exact same age who is only now starting a degree. You'd probably find that something like the CompTIA qualifications would suit you:

    CompTIA A+ Certification

    It looks like you take the basic exam, then decide on a specialism of some kind. It's the kind of thing you can study from home and just take the exam for, so with suitable experience you can likely just whizz through it in no time.

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    Simple question - How am I supposed to pay for it when on Job Seekers Allowance?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpecialAgent View Post
    I'll ignore the last message
    I more meant general HR / Recruitment agencies than those that specialise in particular professions/industries and actually have a knowledge of what is necessary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by richard View Post
    How am I supposed to pay for it when on Job Seekers Allowance?
    Probably best to check at the job centre to see if there's any outright grants available to you, but if not then would something like a career development loan be the right kind of thing for you? The minimum loan seems to be £300, which should cover an online CompTIA A+ course and exam nicely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dhicks View Post
    Probably best to check at the job centre to see if there's any outright grants available to you, but if not then would something like a career development loan be the right kind of thing for you? The minimum loan seems to be £300, which should cover an online CompTIA A+ course and exam nicely.

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    I have been told that I am not eligible for one and that I should just go and download any software I want to learn off the net like everyone else does.... I was even told that I could find fake certificates if I looked hard enough and that no one would know the difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by richard View Post
    I have been told that I am not eligible for one
    That's a bit off, you're trying to get yourself qualified, after all. Okay, so maybe do a bit of Googling around, research exactly what qualification you want to do so then you know exactly what resources (how much cash, what equipment) you'll need. Maybe if it's just a case of needing a few bits of PCs to put together then people here can maybe send you any spare bits they'll be chucking out this summer?

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