CPLTD (14th December 2011)
I found the first few posts quite harsh. Learning about IT isn't done in school or college - it's a passion for learning and an environment where you can. It's a tough job market - my advice would be to be completely honest at interview and tell them that you don't know things but you will learn - then listen. Listen, make notes and practice. Set up a domain at home if you can - virtualise the whole thing...
I found it hard to get a job after seven years in IT (5 as a tech/senior tech with excellent refs) - be honest and expect training wages. You don't know how much you don't know.
Most of all, GOOD LUCK!
CPLTD (14th December 2011)
I would part agree with gwendes above.
The way I learnt was buying servers and switches off ebay, playing around with them all at home, breaking them, fixing them! - thats the way i learnt and it stuck in my head!
strawberry (10th December 2011)
And out she comes with a smash in the face with a lead trout! Loving that one, bit OTT but apt.
RoF (14th December 2011)
Fact is I wasn't bought up in those parts in the world where people have to walk for miles, i've been raised to adapt to a climate that is technologically dependant, which I can see is a problem as well as something that I need to change, so I don't need to be hearing carp from you if its not helping. I'd like to give thanks to the everyone that has been supportive, i've managed to take some progressive steps towards supporting myself now with a special thanks to witch that had taken the patience to sit through and help me re-write a brilliant CV.
Last edited by witch; 14th December 2011 at 08:13 AM. Reason: swearing
Looks like you've made some good progress mate, well done, and good luck!
Here's something I would try. Compose a short email offering your IT services free of charge so that you can gain experience to put on your cv. Say that you will do things like clean computers, install hardware, carry out updates, check for malware/viruses; all the things that the IT technician (if they have one) hates doing. Explain your lack of transport and that you would appreciate help getting to and from work. Then get the email addresses of all the local companies you can find using google or the Kelly's directory at your library. Flood the area with emails and I bet you'll get a response. If @witch is willing, ask her to check the email first.
I'm 19 and I am also in the same boat! I'm from the north of the country though where the amount of work available is probablly a lot lower..
I have (this week) emailed the local high schools in my area about volunteering! I think this is the right step at the moment as I'm currently looking for work too!
Will see what comes of it! And i'm actually quite excited to hear back from them (hopefully)
This thread has been a good read for me and i'd love to hear about your progress!
Why did you limit yourself to high schools @adam92h? There are primary schools with a lot of gear and probably a lot less in-house support, who are crying out for help. You could also offer to help out in ICT lessons because often the teachers struggle with the younger ones who need a lot of hand-holding.
I am going to be sending to primary schools too, just wanted to test the bed on the highschools first to see what responce I get because to be honest I'm not expecting much (I've never volunteered like this)
I worked for an IT Support Company for a year as part of my apprentiship before I went to college and that was soley primary schools, Just thought it would be an advantage for me to get high schools on my CV.
I may visit the primary schools in person as many of the teachers will remember me. Take a cover letter regarding volunteering attached with my CV adressed to the headteacher and ICT Co-Ord..
Hi MelodicBrush (Cracking handle)
Feel free to PM me your details, we're always interested in new talent.
Try not to take the comments to heart, some members speak to PC's better than people.(Being told to "grow a pair" by a 'female' is a classic example)
I appreciate your (and everyone elses, regardless of age) efforts to find gainful employment
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