[Chester LUG] Career change

Paul Williams wilp4a at hotmail.co.uk
Tue Mar 24 20:57:57 UTC 2009

cheers guys.  I have taught ICT before.  Problem is I never bothered with vista (so out of date with windows) and not skilled enough to train anyone on linux.

I would probably be looking more at a trainee techie post to start off to broaden my skill base.

Date: Tue, 24 Mar 2009 20:43:46 +0000
From: biglynchy at gmail.com
To: chester at mailman.lug.org.uk
Subject: Re: [Chester LUG] Career change

That sounds like a great idea, there are always stories on the news it seems about the lack of trained IT professionals and how this skills gap needs to be filled. Someone will have to train them. Could be a winner.

I'm afraid I don't know of any IT jobs personally that I can recommend, I'm about as much use as a chocolate teapot in this case but I wish you the very best of luck in your search. Hope you find something that suits you very soon.

Good luck!! :)


2009/3/24 Stuart Burns <stuart.james.burns at gmail.com>


Just as a thought, if your a people person, why not look to IT Training ? From what I hear (one of my friends does training) it can be good money. I even happen to know that (don't all wince at once;) West Cheshire College do a Microsoft Certified Trainer course, in the evenings.

Also Linux training is a big area. We recently went on a private Solaris course organised through a uni, and I think the trainer easily netted a couple of grand for a weeks work.

As I say, just a thought!

2009/3/24 Paul Williams <wilp4a at hotmail.co.uk>

I have been advised to leave teaching.

The fact is that I cost too much.  My salary is protected by law, so I can't lower it.  Problem is there is nothing to force schools to consider employing me despite the cost.

I cost about £10k more than a newly qualified teacher.  So I'm not getting a look in.

A school can employ me, or a NQT and a teaching assistant.

So...  Career change time.

Does anyone know of any entry level jobs in IT for someone with 10 years experience (user rather than job related) using computers, with a degree, but no IT qualifications other than ECDL?



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