A plea to anyone working in the IT industry.
Soon, I am no longer to be a moaning teacher. I'm going
part-time next year on a 1 year contract to finish teaching the politics
A-level to my sixth form students. After that, the department shuts and I leave
the teaching profession. It's a weird mix of "about time too" and
"what a shame".
Anyhoo...I'm now onto the question of what next?
I am going to get a lot more childcare time for my son next
year, but he does start school on half-days and I'll get some support from the
in-laws too so I should have a few half-days available in any week which I can
use to retrain.
I'm looking at heading into the ICT world. This is something
of the family trade, but not one that I have any real formal qualifications or
experiences in. I have an old RSA/CLAIT qualification and have even taught ICT
at secondary school; and as a kid I was quite IT savvy - but this was when DOS
6.2 was new and Windows (3.1) took up all the hard disk space and took 20 diskettes
to load. I could write basic bat files and boot disks, etc, but am guessing
such skills could use, err, modernising.
I am looking more for a role in network engineering
(progressing to management) or systems admin type stuff as I think these are
the best fit to the rest of my employment history.
My plea is for anything anyone knows about gaining
recognised qualifications or experience for such roles as an adult. Most advice
online seems to float around Certificates or Diplomas in Professional competence,
but these are all 2 year full time courses aimed at 16yr olds. I don't mind
mixing with the teenies (been teaching them for 10 years now) but I don't have
the time (or survival funds) to study 2 years full time. I can also see if the
local PC help shops would let me volunteer for a couple of hours per week to
learn some stuff. But elsewise, the first rung of the ladder still seems quite
out of reach at the moment.