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#40 - She found the rarest of pepes 07/02/2015 on Real life fairy tale +2
#609 - Just be sure your hand doesnt go all Evil dead on you 04/03/2015 on My Friends Call Me Frankenhand +3
#386 - **mczolen used "*roll rpg name*"** **mczolen rolls Heldath** 12/21/2014 on rpg name generator 0
#78 - Never skip a leg day! 12/20/2014 on All blue/All pink? +27
#30 - Thank you very much for replying 11/08/2014 on Jesus Wept 0
#18 - Hey lordmaddie, i got a weird question for you. How did you en…  [+] (6 new replies) 11/08/2014 on Jesus Wept 0
User avatar #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.

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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.
User avatar #45 - themilkisdead (11/08/2014) [-]
I actually found GCSEs really difficult, but I'm currently doing A-Levels. I like it, but it is really difficult as well. Sixth Form is very hard.
User avatar #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).
User avatar #47 - themilkisdead (11/08/2014) [-]
Well thanks but I've actually been wanting to go to University for quite some time. But I understand it's not for everyone.
User avatar #30 - mczolen (11/08/2014) [-]
Thank you very much for replying
#29 - angelusprimus (11/08/2014) [-]
Don't have to go to uni to be a sysadmin either. Just do all the Cisco levels, costs far less and you can do it while working.
#8 - Let me be the Sourcerer. It is from Estonian comedy sketch cal…  [+] (5 new replies) 09/13/2014 on Dodgeball +49
User avatar #67 - satansferret (09/13/2014) [-]
sourcerers post links! THIS PERSON IS A FRAUD
User avatar #116 - diroccodoodleedoo (09/14/2014) [-]
I mean, it's an Estonian sourcerer, so I guess you gotta take what you can get.
#31 - mpire (09/13/2014) [-]
Estonia mentioned, swell with alcohol
User avatar #10 - captnsweden (09/13/2014) [-]
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Sounds finnish to me. Fucking forest gooks
#40 - You signed up in 2013...  [+] (2 new replies) 08/27/2014 on One of the first things I... -2
User avatar #74 - trollinggenius (08/27/2014) [-]
nigger this shit wasnt only on fj. I saw this shit on albinoblacksheep.
User avatar #45 - neonbrony (08/27/2014) [-]
You forget a good amount of users have had more that 1 account
#39 - Its about enjoying the club life and he thinks the mobile club… 08/22/2014 on Bin Laden is kill? 0
#879 - **mczolen rolls 9,067** 08/01/2014 on skyrim roll game 0
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