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Any kind people want to give advice on where to go for training etc to get back onto job ladder?

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Well - quit my job few months back(more than a few now... sob) tried uni and didnt work out for me. Interested in these online qualifications. Checked out some sites like computeach, learndirect e… Read More
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8y, 4m agoPosted 8 years, 4 months ago
Well - quit my job few months back(more than a few now... sob) tried uni and didnt work out for me.

Interested in these online qualifications. Checked out some sites like computeach, learndirect etc and thought you brainy bunch might be able to help.

Anyone had experience with these sites, are they any good, get a job after etc.

I am thinking probably go into IT, not on the phones all the time, just sorting out basic problems to start with and then working up.

Any info appreaicated, cheers
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8y, 4m agoPosted 8 years, 4 months ago
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#1
Better off getting an apprenticship in that area.

On the job training.
#2
vengod
Better off getting an apprenticship in that area.

On the job training.


I would second the 'on the job' training. Getting the job is the hard part but hopefully your employer would be able to put you through whatever they thought could help you as an individual and as an asset to them. I hope you get something soon.

Unfortunately its a catch 22 situation - you can't get a job because your not experienced - well how do you get experience!!!

Managers I know would take experience over qualifications (although they are good to have)...

that's my thoughts :thumbsup:
#3
I recently sat my english exams with learn direct at a local group they were running,it was all free too and i suprised myself at just how well i done!
good luck
#4
Does your local college run any IT courses - could these could be done at night? (Don't think the timing is great as these courses tend to start usually in August/September and January....)

I've done a few HNC's like that..
#5
Try here for more professional (and free) help. Try this first before parting with any cash.http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Employment/index.htm?cids=Google_PPC&cre=Employment
Also watchdog on bbc1 had an article about worthless online qualifications which just lined the pockets of the people providing them http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/watchdog/2008/10/the_skills_training_thats_off.html
#6
t1nker
Does your local college run any IT courses - could these could be done at night? (Don't think the timing is great as these courses tend to start usually in August/September and January....)

I've done a few HNC's like that..
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yeah that was another idea, get a job and do night course, would take 2 years. Was thinking put in hard work with online and take 6 months.
#7
I have worked as 1st line support in IT (and subsequently as a team leader for the same). I'd say that decent home use of computer systems is enough to get started in the job as (in our case anyway) a lot of the systems you support are in-house written anyway. Much more key for us was a good work ethic and customer service skills.

When I was looking at CV's I looked for a few things:
- Not too long or short (2-3 pages is about spot on. 1 isnt enough, 4+ is far too many to read!)
- Have you tailored your CV to apply for the job? - does it mention relevant skills, knowledge, goals etc?
- Does the CV have mistakes? 1st line IT support involves recording a lot of detail quickly and efficiently, you have a lot more time to do a CV so if there are mistakes in it then you may not be up to the grade...

If you do get to interview, be prepared to be asked why you quit your last job / uni as that is a question I'd ask.

If as you say you dont want to be on the phones all the time then you are probably looking at a small firm, where they cant dedicate staff to the 1st line IT role. For that I'd agree that some sort of course (diploma?) may be useful - perhaps do a night course and any job during the day.

I myself am just starting an OU course, I've chosen a short one to see if I have the time and dedication to do something a bit longer! (and to see if the OU is ok for me). Thats the approach I'd take, perhaps you should call the online places, get course details/prices etc and go from there!

Good luck, (although I'm a firm believer that you can influence luck with dedication and hard work!).

PS: In IT support (especially in big companies) its getting harder and harder to not know stuff about ITIL : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ITIL At enntry level no one would expect you to have done a course in it, but knowledge of it and what it means would only help an interview imho!
#8
If your under 19 then college courses are free if i remeber correctly. I did a BTEC at college and now im an IT technician, so might be a good way to go.
#9
It seems to have been the standard throwaway line in the last decade to train people in IT. Everybody these days needs some computer skills but if you are looking to work in the industry these days there are so many trained people out there already including many who have been hit by the recession and the salaries you hear talked of in the press are largely anecdotal unless you are a real whiz kid or have connections.

If you have the aptitude it may been a good idea to take qualifications that can help you in your life as well as your work life. It might be the time to learn about solar panel installations or something in the energy field. Especially if this is something the goverment are likely to be investing in, in the future. just an idea. Maybe other people have others. Good luck.
#10
have a look at CBT nuggets google it :)

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