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14-08-2001, 07:40 PM
I am 34yrs old and have been working now for 19yrs. Most of that work has been manual labour as i dropped out of school in fifth form and therefor lack the qualifications required for most other types of work. 11 months ago i got my first pc and now i spend most of my time on it, in it or reading books about it trying to learn as much as i can about it. I now have five pc's four of which i have assembled or fixed myself. I know i have started late but i would love to pursue a career in computers i just don't know where to start. Could anyone reading this point me in the right direction to a good course that will give me the qualifications I need to achieve my goal. Perhaps a good extramural course as I am in full time employment and therefor can only study partime. (Wellington:0)

14-08-2001, 09:12 PM
You could go for somthing like A+ (don't know if its in NZ). There is also more product specific MSCE, and similar from Redhat, Cisco etc (there are links in the following on A+).

http://arstechnica.com/reviews/01q2/a_plus/a_plus-1.html

I'm not really familar with these sorts certificates, as i'm doing a CS degree, but they seem to be a popular.

14-08-2001, 10:25 PM
hi,
it's never too late to get into computers. As long as you are interested in what you're doing you will be able to learn rapidly. I would suggest pursuing a windows 2000 MCSE as these are much harder to get than the original MCSE. At the end of the year all those 'boot camp' NT4 MSCE's will expire and there will be a demand for those with competant W2K/XP skills. Self paced training can be painfully slow, however the high costs and full time nature of Microsoft training may dictate how you go about your study. It is generally accepted that when entering the industry most people will start in a helpdesk/desktop support/hardware role. Salaries will likly start at about 26-30K for these sorts of positions. Tack on an MCSE and a year or two tour of duty on the helldesk and you will be ready to begin specialising. A comp sci degree would allow you to enter at a much higher salary, but with alternative qualifications and experience you can hope to be on a par fairly rapidly.

15-08-2001, 05:38 PM
Thanks for your input, I'll check it out:0)

15-08-2001, 05:39 PM
Thanks for your input, I'll check it out:0)

17-08-2001, 06:38 PM
This may or may not be what you are after however Stott's Correspondence College (N.Z.) Ltd offer various computer training courses.How in-depth these courses are, I have no idea but it may be worth a look.

Phone 0800 500 567

E-mail: stotts@xtra.co.nz

http:www.tc.co.nz/stotts

19-08-2001, 10:39 PM
Vendor certifications such as MCSE, CNE ... are nice but not very effective in starting an IT career - trust me, I've been there. Apart from that, they are very product oriented and do not teach you some common basics, important for every aspect of the industry.

Check www.spherion.co.nz

In Wellington, they are at 14th floor, Grand Plimmer Tower. You can book free seminar and get all related info. Courses are various, from business computing to Java programming, e-commerce and Linux admin. Part time is available, as well.

Probably the best option in NZ.