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>> No. 23842 Anonymous
16th February 2015
Monday 11:04 am
23842 Help me
I have an aptitude for the sorts of things involved in IT networking and support, but I'm in a completely different (and awful) line of work. What's the best way to get my foot in this particular door? Is this the sort of thing I should be looking at - http://www.networkacademy.co.uk/?page_id=62 - should I just gather the most frequently required certifications for the sorts of jobs I'm looking at? Will this do me any good without real-world experience? Is it better to do an NVQ or even foundation degree in a relevant networking or computing course?

It's worth noting that I'm 26 - is there any hope for me at all?
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>> No. 23843 Anonymous
16th February 2015
Monday 11:50 am
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Age is largely unimportant in IT support roles.

(I can't offer much advice on qualifications, I spent the best part of a decade bouncing around between uni and IT support work but all of that work came to me because of people I knew and previous experience rather than any relevant qualifications.)
>> No. 23844 Anonymous
16th February 2015
Monday 1:53 pm
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>>23843

> all of that work came to me because of people I knew and previous experience rather than any relevant qualifications

Likewise. IT of any real calibre is an extremely difficult door to get your foot into by qualification alone. This is largely because any mainstream qualification (even industry ones like CCNA or whatever today's equivalent is) is going to be massively out of date by the time you get around to doing it. The upshot of this is that unless you have a classical comp-sci degree from oxford/cambridge/imperial and want to go into architecture or compiler design then what the industry really wants from you isn't your qualifications but rather an aptitude for learning and getting shit done. This kind of ability/aptitude is generally passed around by word and mouth and most companies who aren't mass-hiring graduates do mainly hire in this manner.

Sage for probably not being very helpful and not even having finished the first cup of tea of the morning yet.
>> No. 23845 Anonymous
16th February 2015
Monday 3:28 pm
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You're better off just blagging yourself into a low-level helpdesk kind of job, learning as much as you can in your spare time, and then just working your way up. IT qualifications are, as one lad pointed out, notoriously poor evidence of actual competency, especially given the diversity of applications. The people with the fun jobs in IT are just the people who arrived first and impressed the right people, or else they have a strong entrepreneurial background to sell themselves from. Without those advantages you are pretty limited.

I will warn you though. IT is in its own way a hellish career choice. I mean... Just imagine if all your colleagues were .gs users and 4chan posters, middle aged sci-fi nerds and incompetent diversity checkbox lasses/GAMER GURLS. I thought it would be great until I landed in it.

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