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#20 - lordmaddie (11/08/2014) [-]
Ok, I live in England, so I'm going to be describing the English system. I don't know the equivalent of any other countries, so sorry about that.
During my GCSEs, I did IT mainly because my friends did it. The computers regularly broke, so we would have to take the trip to the mysterious IT Technician's office. It was full of computer crap, and these big ol' server things, and they'd fix your problem like... like magic. This is when I knew I wanted to become an IT Tech.
Anyway, GCSEs were piss easy (IT was basically Microsoft Office 101), and I moved onto A-levels. A-levels were anything but easy. Whereas GCSEs were simple memorisation, A-levels required me to actually interpret data, to actually think.
Furthermore, there was an incredible pressure to go to university. I was VERY DETERMINED not to do this, not to get myself in debt, and not continue with exams and academia that I was so clearly bad at. My teachers didn't like this attitude (less people going to uni = them looking bad on the school leaderboards). I concentrated on Computing (which was coding and stuff), got a C, and failed all my other A-levels.
From here, I went on the dole. At first I thought it was great; £50 a week to look for a job - which I would've been doing anyway. I just wanted to get an apprenticeship. But the unemployment office tried to force me into all sorts of jobs, being a cleaner, or slave-labour jobs in supermarkets where I wouldn't get paid at all. I soon got my apprenticeship.
The apprenticeship was... suspiciously easy. We were treated like children, the course was easier than GCSEs, you required no qualifications to get onto it. They were expecting people who dropped out of school at 16. They instead got a class of 18-25 year-olds with A-levels. This caused some conflict, especially when we completed a week's worth of work in two days. Again, they tried to force me into jobs I didn't want - I stated quite clearly that I wanted a Technician's role, they made me go to interviews in marketing, in sales, in coding.... Worst of all, they didn't TELL the employers! I'd go there, say I wanted to be a technician, and they'd go "Oh... This is a marketing position" or somesuch.
But the greatest thing to come out of that course was my job experience. 6 months working in a school as a proper technician. THIS is what enabled me to get where I am.
Now I am an intern for a local council. Not sure how I describe what I do. I fix things. People call up, I go to them, fix it. I also spend a lot of time upgrading PCs to Windows 7 - the council was all on XP when Microsoft discontinued support for it. That's basically wiping a PC, installing 7 and all the programs, and then transferring all of the user's files over the network onto the new PC.
TL;DR: Don't go to uni unless you want a high-paid job as a programmer or sysadmin or something. Get work experience as soon as you can.
Being a Tech is basically just helping people with whatever problems they have.
#46 - lordmaddie (11/08/2014) [-]
I wouldn't worry about it, if you are. Finding GCSEs/A-levels difficult really only means you're bad at tests and stuff.
No-one gives a fuck about your GCSEs after A-level (GCSEs expire after 5 years anyway), and no-one gives a fuck about A-levels after you get some other qualifications or work experience.
Uni imo is a waste of time, and I really think most people shouldn't bother with it. Apprenticeships are quite good, because you get a fancy bit of paper that employers like and some work experience. Get as much work experience as you can, you'll look so much better to employers (also, moneymoneymoney).
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