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By PeterST ·
I am a team manager in a fairly large IT department of a large Hospital. I am continually asked by staff to give career advise for there children who want to "get into" IT. They ask what courses there kids should do, what university qualifications should they have.

I have some difficulty giving this advise, as I came up through the old way of hard work and knowledge gained through experience, and have a somewhat negitive view of formal qualifications.

So I throw the question to the group,If you had a 16 year old kid asking for advise, what would you reply?

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by dmiles In reply to Giving Advice to School L ...

First ask yourself the question and then rely on your past expierence as a 16yr old.
give them some basic info to web sites or schools whereas they can request packet on the career they would like to pursue, where they can browse thru some info on the topic of computer technology,then you can determine what information you can advise them on.
This way the pursuing a BSCE or BACS will take a committment which they can prepare for or decide for themselves to choose another field.
It is difficult at most to advise a youngster,generally we all started down one path to cross over on another during the journey.

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by TimTheToolMan In reply to Giving Advice to School L ...

Hi,

You can't really go past having a University Degree these days. It doesn't necesarily make for a better employee or mean you know more but it does get you into that interview.

I suspect that when you first started working it wasn't quite as cut-throat as it is these days. I know it wasn't for me, only 12 years ago!

These days employers are looking to get employees in quickly (because they move on so frequently) and they often shortlist based on experience and qualifications.

If you dont have either, then you dont get an interview.

BUT... as soulrider pointed out, the average person doesn't do just one job in their lives these days - in fact last I heard they averaged six!

So... Unless they love computing it may not betheir dream come true. Mamy people get into IT these days for the "wrong" reasons. To make lots of money.

Thats fine for the short term but not very fulfilling in the long term.

If I was going through Uni again today, I would do a combined degree. Computing with some other field - law or medicine would be the ultimate in qualifications. That is totally invaluable because not only can you demonstrate an understanding in computing but an in depth understanding in the field in which you may be developing applications.

BUT... If the person has a love of say...Agriculture, then why not do a combined degree in Comp Sci/Ag Sci. Best of both worlds.

Hope this helps,
Cheers
Tim

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by PeterST In reply to Giving Advice to School L ...

Thanks Tim,
I agree that an combined degree would provide the best of both worlds. It is unusual that soemone would not have interest other than IT, so this would allow them to persue both avenues, and also give them a fall back position.

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