This is a bit off subject but...I need some advice

  Johnnie_M 13:31 12 Oct 2005

Hey there, I'm just wondering if 23 is too old to go back to education. I already have a degree in Retail Business however, I have soon realised what a mistake it was and am planning to go back to University next year. I know it's gonna be a difficult ride as I have to pay everything myself but I'm willing to do it.

My one question is though, will being 28 in the IT industry be difficult to gain a job.

  puma22 13:36 12 Oct 2005

Johnnie M, good luck on returning to study. Its never too old. I was 31 when i finished my first degree and now have a fabulous job - not too well paid but very rewarding. The main advice i can give is to be absolutely certain about what it is you want to do and then do your homework to make sure that there are actually jobs out there when you complete the course.
You may also want to consider whether you actually need a degree to do the job you want to do. Will a shorter qualification open the correct doors for you?

  Johnnie_M 13:42 12 Oct 2005

Well, it is particularly networking support I am looking to study, since there has been multiple news stories about a shortage in 2008, I believe this would be a good profession to enter

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  Stuartli 14:05 12 Oct 2005

My son is a IT network support specialist and works for one of the UK's biggest employers - I don't think he would take the view that employers are falling over themselves to recruit and that's a situation that's been around for some time.

On the other hand it could partially be due to the area of the UK in which we live and the situation may be different in the south.

  GANDALF <|:-)> 14:06 12 Oct 2005

You are never too old although I would not put too much credence in the stories. They are from Cisco.....and they would say that wouldn't they ;-))) At the moment IT jobs are few and far between as there are far too many people for far too few jobs. Pay is pretty dull unless you are at the very top with 10-15 years experience.

A company that I contract for recently advertised for an IT assistant. Pay was ultra lousy and they still had 250 applicants. A lot of the applicants were over-qualified. Read into this what you will. If you do a search on this forum for jobs etc., you will find many threads about the 'shortage' of IT staff.


  Johnnie_M 14:11 12 Oct 2005

Cheers guys, maybe I'll need to rethink things....just realised the source was Cisco. Hardly the most impartial of sources.

  Andybear 17:53 12 Oct 2005

As regards actual studying, I'll be embarking on an Open University Degree in November and I'm 41! However, this is purely for interest and not job related.

  wiz-king 18:34 12 Oct 2005

Your degree in Business could be an advantage if combined with computing but not network support. Most smaller firm will outsource their network support. What you need is a degree/diploma course in IT Management so that you can combine the two.

Well thats my twopence work, others may think differently.

  Forum Editor 18:45 12 Oct 2005

but - as others have said - the IT world isn't exactly awash with tempting vacancies for people with little or no experience.

It is no different to any other technical field in that respect - what really counts is experience and a proven track record. having said that, if every company only took on people with experience there would very rapidly be no people with experience, so don't give up the idea at all - if you have a burning desire to work in IT you'll achieve it, and enthusiasm always goes a long way at interview. There are jobs to be had, and there may well be an increasing demand from the industry - a lot depends on the way that the economy performs over the next year or so.

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