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    some job advice please

    Hey guy, i know it might be a bad thing that my first post is asking for advice before i've even contributed to the forum so i do apologized for that.
    Well i finished Uni last year and i took some time to find out what i really would like to do before i try and end the ICT sector as you all know there are million different things i could do with my Computing degree, I made my mind up that i would learn to drive first (which i've now managed to do) and try to gain myself a position as a Technician as i know i would be really good as one. I don't have too much experience behind me but i have done some voluntary work as a ICT Technician for a few months after i left uni for a company. My grades at gcse and a level was never that good and i'm struggling to gain a job as a Technician, can anyone give me advice on how to gain a job as a Technician?

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    where in the country are you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nit View Post
    Hey guy, i know it might be a bad thing that my first post is asking for advice before i've even contributed to the forum so i do apologized for that.
    Well i finished Uni last year and i took some time to find out what i really would like to do before i try and end the ICT sector as you all know there are million different things i could do with my Computing degree, I made my mind up that i would learn to drive first (which i've now managed to do) and try to gain myself a position as a Technician as i know i would be really good as one. I don't have too much experience behind me but i have done some voluntary work as a ICT Technician for a few months after i left uni for a company. My grades at gcse and a level was never that good and i'm struggling to gain a job as a Technician, can anyone give me advice on how to gain a job as a Technician?
    So you have BSc in Computing (honours?)and some voluntary experience in IT. To be honest that is all you would need for an entry level role. Your degree may actually put people off. I wouldn't limit yourself to technician roles, you could try and get 1st line helpdesk roles first to build experience. I would say the main things you have to build on is your experience. Try local companies and see if they need any IT work done, you could freelance. You could also take some IT training A+, N+, CCNA, MCSE etc.

    As for your GCSE / A-Level just down play them, your degree makes up for it so on your CV put 7 GCSEs & 3 A-Levels (or how ever many you gained, not the grades\subjects). See if you can get any support on being in an interview, it does not come naturally to many people and will take practice to appear relaxed and confident. Your Uni careers service can help.

    You could also try registering with some recruitment companies to see if they have any IT posts going.

    There may be a NM on here for a School near you who would be willing to have you come in for the day and see what the job involves.

    When you are filling out application forms, make sure your grammar & spelling are perfect. Spell Check everything and ask someone to read over it to see it makes sense.
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    SpecialAgent;

    A recruiter often trawls the website, may be worth giving him a call and asking for advise. He recruits for the IT market and does alot of work for IT technicians and schools.

    It's worth a go mate:

    matthew@specialagent.co.uk or 08701 612 007

    He may ask for an up-to date CV to throw out there into the abyss

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    I live in the uk, coventry to be more yes its a Bsc with honour in computing but its a 3rd , don't get me wrong i worked really hard during my uni days but i'm not really good at exams, i understood more or less everything taught from time stamps in databases to Information systems just the exams i could never get my head around.

    Anyways i want to the technician side cus i've always been good at fixing computers lol, i'm always getting calls from friends to family to help them out on there pc issues and I believe I would excel at being a technician and hopefully get into a network managers role one day. I know that I would need to do courses and I would really like to do CCNA once I got a job (as i'm more or less broke cus i've spent a good 1k learning to drive) cus I live near the local college and they offer it as a 2 year night course and then move onto doing a MSCE.

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    You dont really need to do any more courses. You have proved that you are capable of learning by obtaining a degree. Dont downplay the 3rd level, unless you are trying to get a graduate job, it doesn't matter about the level of your degree. What you need now is to get experience somewhere. You could try contacting a couple of local schools and offer your services a couple of days a week while you are looking for a permanent job. You may find that you need to do some voluntry work if you are struggling to get your foot in the door.

    Once you have got some experience, you could then look at gaining more qualifications, and you would have a better idea of what areas you are interested in and which course to go for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nit View Post
    can anyone give me advice on how to gain a job as a Technician?
    A good piece of advice that I heard the other day is to have a specialism of some kind. Obviously keep up with your knowledge in computing in general (i.e. that college course looks like a good idea), and try to get some practical experience somewhere, but if you also have a couple of specialisms that you're really good at, there's bound to be someone who wants (and is willing to pay for) a specialist at some point.

    If you're going down the technician side of things rather than the software developer route, I'd say something like virtualisation is a good specialism at the moment. Get the hang of setting up virtual servers, virtual machines and moving existing computers over to be virtual machines - there's bound to be someone who wants that done at some point, and you can come along and say "That? Oh yea, can do that in my sleep, no problems...".

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