ok hi dont know any of you yet:
this is my story i want to get into the IT industry and am going to do a few courses
one course im going to do is
BTEC National Diploma for IT Practitioners
Advanced Database Skills
IT Systems Analysis and Design
Developing Computer Games
Event Driven Programming
Human Computer Interaction
Website Production and Management
Principles of Computer Networks
Routers and Routing Basics (Cisco CCNA2)
Advanced Spreadsheet Skills
That is a list of things it will teach and i was wondering for advice because after this course i would be looking to go into the IT industry what type of jobs would i be looking for with this information behind me i would also consider doing a HND course thanks for your help
It looks like a very practical, good to have to jump in to industry - are you getting any work experience with it?
Would suggest this is a good route as opposed to a HND, unless the HND offers hands on bits like this too - computer architecture, is that digital systems (e.g, lots of low level electronics theory) or the bits on a computer?
I think it's a pretty good route, I did A levels, degree and then qualifications - would suggest A levels have helped a bit, degree minimally and professional qualifications (e.g, Microsoft, Cisco etc) get your CV through the initial sifts with agencies.
My opinion, people might disagree :)
thanks mate and for your question im not quite sure im going to see the course tutor tomorrow about joining up
would be able to tell what kind of career prospect would come out of a course like this would you ?
i know its a lot to ask but you know alot more than me lol :)
Well, it's development biased by looking at it... but it depends what you do well at and what you enjoy :)
It has some bits of networking - I guess it really depends, I can't say you'll be an x,y or z but people will look favourably if you have networking ability for most support jobs and for development jobs you have a good basis of getting in as a trainee/junior developer - providing you're not working on something ancient and no longer used.
It depends on what you want to do. Do you want to be a programmer a systems administrator what? Life will be a lot easier if you have a defined goal , once you know which direction to take you can then apply your self to the industry courses for instance taking a route towards a system admin might start out with A+, Network+ then move on to desktop operating systems then server exams from Microsoft.
What do you want to do?
personally i would like to be able to program games etc and applications on facebook and other social media sites that would be my goal
You are definitely on the development side then! Career wise you are looking at initially joining a software company as a developer (programmer) or perhaps writing your own stuff. You could also look at testing software.
In this Diagram you are looking at working in the Development, Integration and Test phases.
so this is on the right tracks to achieving this ? or am i way off the mark lol
Some of the modules in the BTEC course should give you a good start in that direction; others are a bit off-beam, but might help to keep your future options open.
Internet Application Development
Information Systems Development
Introduction to Programming in Java
Computer System and Networking Concepts
Professional Development and Business Skills
Problem Solving for Computing
Information Systems Analysis
Event Driven Programming
Network and Operating System Principles and Administration
Rich Internet Application Development
this would be the HND id take
As someone working with young people looking to get into the IT industry, I can voutch for Apprenticeships. They get the one thing you will (at this time) struggle with: a job. Look at Home - Apprenticeships - Opening doors to a better future for current listings. IT apprenticeships give L2 and L3 NVQs in IT Practitioners (among others) and can include Microsoft, Cisco and CompTia certs as part of it.
Games design is one of the hardest sectors to get into at the moment, few jobs and literally thousands of people wanting to get there. Don't discount experience over knowledge.
You could do the HND (or even some A-Levels) and then a degree in Games Design. Abertay would want BBC at A-Level or an HND. Alternatively if you want to make a game for Facebook, iPhone, Android whatever I think you should just try and do it! You can work on the game while studying for your HND.
Computer games courses | University of Abertay Dundee
i would probably make a facebook application whie studying for th HND