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  1. #1
    Ashley Matthews
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    Default Off Topic: Tech Support Job

    Just wondering what qualifications one would need to get to obtain some kind of tech support job part time. I'm a Computer Science student, would that be enough or would I need some kind of certificate. I'm talking maybe at an ISP like Orcon or something..

  2. #2
    Chilling_Silence
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    Default Re: Off Topic: Tech Support Job

    In reality - Qualifications only help

    Experience goes a long way in jobs like that!

    Try Teletech :-)


    Chill.

  3. #3
    tommy
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    Default Re: Off Topic: Tech Support Job

    > I'm talking maybe at an ISP like Orcon or something..

    Email them and ask them.

  4. #4
    beama
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    Default Re: Off Topic: Tech Support Job

    Although money for work is good, try work experience (often unpaid). Organizations will often be keen to take on work experience volunteers. If you stick with one organization for your work experience, it may lead to a job later. Qualifications are a big help but practical experience can never be replaced.

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    Elephant
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    Try door knocking. You just may impress someone.
    There is no need to just wait for adverts in your local paper_

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  6. #6
    Greg S
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    Default Re: Off Topic: Tech Support Job

    What you're doing now would be more than enough to get you into first level tech support for an ISP

  7. #7
    whiskeytangofoxtrot
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    Default Re: Off Topic: Tech Support Job

    > What you're doing now would be more than enough to
    > get you into first level tech support for an ISP

    I tend to disagree with that. It would depend very much on the ISP in question, as the quality of tier 1 helpdesk staf varies greatly from ISP to ISP.

    In my brief tenure as IT support at a university, I was involved with supporting people with PhD's in Computer Science, Honours students, lecturers and students - the majority of them could program up anything they like, or build a database but a practical IT problem like 'put this PC on a network' or 'I can't print' completely flummoxed them. A CompSci honours student I worked with deleted all the files on his C: drive (windows, the lot) in an attempt to save a word document - seems the floppy wasn't big enough.

    Computer Science/Information Systems and technical support definitely do not go hand in hand - completely different disciplines. While I don't know you, you might have the skills to do it, however a larger number realistically will not.

    As stated, qualifications mean little in the IT industry - every man and their dog is touting some kind of a qualification, it's real skills and experience that is the tester.

    I've just finished a 2 year stint on an ISP helpdesk, with no IT qualifications to speak of aside from experience - it complemented my study nicely, I'm now further up the ladder at the same company - still without an IT qual and in fact studying in a completely different field, go figure!?

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    Greg S
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    Default Re: Off Topic: Tech Support Job

    > I've just finished a 2 year stint on an ISP helpdesk,
    > with no IT qualifications to speak of aside from
    > experience - it complemented my study nicely, I'm now
    > further up the ladder at the same company - still
    > without an IT qual and in fact studying in a
    > completely different field, go figure!?

    That's exactly where I was a few years ago - with nothing remotely like an IT qualification - so if I could do it (or you) then someone with at least a modicum of IT training will definitly have the apptitude even if not the experience, to get into entry-level support


  9. #9
    Growly
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    Default Re: Off Topic: Tech Support Job

    I would recommend some, like polytech ones, but my qualifications tend to be discredited around here...

  10. #10
    Alasta
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    Default Re: Off Topic: Tech Support Job

    I would think that customer service skills would be just as important as IT skills in a role like this. I'm looking for work at the moment and, because I have a keen interest in technology and experience in customer service, this thread has got me thinking about the possibility of entry level tech support work.

    Is there much helpdesk work available outside of Auckland?

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