Let me start off by saying I'm sure this is a duplicate questions but ever ones situation is different.
I dropped out of secondary school a month or so into my third year due to bulling, I'm not going to go into details but I couldn't take any longer.
Over the next two years (Except the first month or two of third year) I heard how I was never going to get a job and all the usual stuff you hear when you drop out of school. Every month I would get a visit from the schools attendance officer, who would try to talk me into going back. I also spent a lot of taking photos.
In the last month or so of what would have been my forth year a counselor I was seeing deemed me unfit to return to school. I was offered a place with the tuition service for my fifth year.
I studied Math English and ICT, I was told I would be doing Essential skills in Math and English and a GCSE in ICT. After a few months my tutor for Math and English said I was at a high enough level to attempt a GCSE in Math. Personally I didn't think I could do it, but we then concentrated on Math and forgot about English. My ICT tutor told me he wanted to me to attempt Higher level GCSE.
At the same time I was doing the Prince's Trust XL course at my local youth club, as well as 6 months work experience in a local PC repair shop, since then they have called me to fill in when a worker is off.
I got my results and my qualifications are as follows:
GCSE ICT Higher A*
I applied for a course in the local technical collage called "Level 3 Extended Diploma for ICT Practitioners" but my application was rejected because I did not have the required GCSEs. I was offered a place in the "Level 2 Diploma for ICT Practitioners".
As well as the Level 2 Diploma for ICT Practitioners I am also taking Essential Skills literacy and numeracy. As well as taking Wider Key Skills at my local youth club.
One of my lecturers has recommended I take the CompTIA A+ exam, one the worker at the PC repair shop I done work experience with recommends doing a Microsoft Certification. Personally I was thinking about an Apple certification, as the nearest place that will deal will Apple hardware failure is roughly 70 miles away.
EDIT: I'm now also doing a Good relations programme which is OCN accredited.
I don't really see a question. But, I think you're asking what you should do.
I have been a software developer for 20 years. When I started, all you needed to get a job was knowledge. There were no certifications, or degrees. Nobody asked to see any credentials. They'd ask you a few questions about programing, and hire you if you seemed like you knew what you were talking about.
Those days are gone. More recently, I've looked for jobs in my area of expertise and many of the companies want to see a college degree. I tell them that I've been a software developer for 20 years, and only have a year of college. They don't care. They want the degree. It's not logical, but it's the way it is. Many people with college education think that everyone else must have a college education, or they are not worthy.
Start your own business on the side. Become an expert in one thing. Do it really well. Do not try do be all things to everyone. I wouldn't bother with certifications unless you are going for a very specific job. You are currently at a disadvantage. You must turn it into an advantage. The only way to do this is to become an expert in a field where the experts are far and few between.
A CompTIA A+ or Microsoft Certified Professional certification will offer you a lot more opportunities than an Apple certification for several reasons, the main one being that there are fewer openings in the market for Apple-certified people than for people with Microsoft certifications and general certifications like A+.
Best to get at least 2-3.
answered Oct 11 '10 at 03:34
I wouldn't say that companies are only looking for people with degrees. In every job I have applied for its experience first qualifications second. In some cases I have been over qualified but lost out to someone with more experience.
Qualifications = Interview Experience = Job
In saying all that qualifications are real good to have purely for furthering your own knowledge which can never be underestimated.
In my opinion IT people are happier working freelance.
I would program!
Keep on trying and trying till you get into a idea that takes off!
Could it be YOU
You are in a very lucky position!
So make the most of the 2 YEARS you have...
answered Nov 08 '10 at 06:04