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Giving Advice to School Leavers

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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Rather than list IT related course, and start an argument between the parent and the local college, help them identify elective courses that will round out the youngsters knowledge, and make them more valuable to prospective employers.

First, they need to determine a preliminary career direction.
Corporate level (accounting), hardware support, web support, etc.
That will focus their course choices.

For corporate level, training in mainframe OSs is a must. They should also take enough accounting courses so that they can communicate effectively with the accounting department that will likely be one of there main interfaces.
For a manufacturing environment, basic knowledge of production and inventory control are a great benefit.

For hardware support, a few basic electronics and programming courses should round out the PC training.

For web design, in addition to programming, some overview courses in buisness law and practices would be a benefit.

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