View Full Version : getting another life

Ron Bakker
18-09-2002, 11:33 PM
Quick profile:
I'm a commercial Kina diver age30 in Whitianga with nothing saved for retierment. The industry I work in now looks unstable & like a lot of other fishing jobs the money is irratic. I have enjoyed it but it's time for change. I like playing around with things like html but I think learning about micro controllers might be my thing. Right from when I was an ankle biter I couldn't help pulling things apart to find out how they worked. Even if it was my birthday present. Then one day I actually fixed something!!!
I see a lot of online training services which might be a good option seeing anywhere is far away from Whitianga.
I thought of of getting one of those basic stamps from dse to learn the start of it all but what sort of course should I be looking for if I want a job in that direction.
& who has a good reputation & structure for online training. :D

18-09-2002, 11:42 PM
Hey Ron

If you do a quick search through the postings of Susan B. you will find some information of online computer training that she mentioned a week or so ago....... I think she has her email addy on profile, and I am sure she will be more than happy to send you details if you ask her nicely. I think the course is run by Hewlett Packard.


Jen C
18-09-2002, 11:46 PM
HP online learning centre (http://www.hplearningcenter.com/BaseServlet/logout;jsessionid=aaa46LvMWkpci0?logoutkey=logout)

19-09-2002, 12:04 AM
Hi Ron, how's Whitianga these days? Ain't been there since I left Whanga about 15 years ago.

If you're seriouse about a career in the IT industry, I would do some very careful research.

At this stage, the IT careers scene is probably as unstable as Kinas, as I am a qualified (sort of) ad experienced (definately) techy but haven't had a job since I graduated.

I went to Spherion in Auckland (aka Interim aka CPTI) and got a Certificate in Computer Maintanence (LevelIV) and was told by them that this would practically guarantee me a job. Been unemployed since - the market has basically saturated.

Anyway, follow your dreams - decide what you really want to do and go for that. Don't listen to fat cats who say "spend money with us and we guarantee you a job". The fact is they can't and they don't.

This has been discussed a few times on this board. Try doing a search for "career" or "job" or such. At this stage if you want a career change then attending Uni is looking about the only way. I wish I had done that when I left skool 15 years ago...

Best of luck


Chris Wilson
19-09-2002, 12:28 AM
Theres a link on the bottom of the page "teachme" (http://www.teachme.co.nz) let me assure you it is an IDG site, and has absolutly NOTHING to do with Timmy!

This link takes you to a HUGE list of IT trainers

Ron Bakker
19-09-2002, 07:46 AM
Thanks for that guys

Graham L
19-09-2002, 06:56 PM
But have a look at the September issue of Australian PC magazine ... they're complaining about the number of IT specialists who have been encouraged to immigrate to Australia, only to have the bottom drop[ out of the dot.com "industry". There's now a lot of unemployment oin the trade.

Graham Petrie
19-09-2002, 10:20 PM
If employment is what you ant, become a land surveyor.

The employment rate is the highest in the country bar none.

In a class of 60 graduates this year, 100% found jobs three months BEFORE they graduated (me included :)).

There is also a shortage of technicians. Training to be a technician is a lot less work, and the job prospects are similar.

Go and have a yarn with your local surveyor. They might even need someone who is unqualified to work a bit, and then get qualified.

Employment rate for survey graduates has been 100% for the last five years, and the demand is still high, so get in while you still can. The bubble has to burst eventually.


Graham L
21-09-2002, 12:46 PM
Yes, we've only got a fixed amount of land to flog off to overseas speculators. :-(