The computer service industry can be quite ניר נגר overwhelming. Is it the right industry for you? Where should you start?
I am asked this question several times a year by would be techs. It boils down to a few main factors. Before we go any further, we need to answer a few simple questions.
1. Do you like computers?
2. Do you have patience?
3. Do you like reading technical material?
4. Can you follow instructions?
5. Can you think outside the box?
If you answered “No” to any of these questions, this field is not for you.
Almost all new comers to the technical field do not understand the vast amount of knowledge they are required to absorb. Being a good or great computer technician is not an easy job. Being a lousy technician is.
As of right now the computer service field is not regulated and any John Doe off the street can claim they are a computer technician. Being a good or great technician requires years of reading, training, and learning.
Most of these John Doe’s will only last a few years, unless they are doing private contracting and the clients they serve are duped by them. Eventually all of these would be technicians will be found out as a fraud. Unfortunately for my industry more pop up every day.
Where should you start? This is an easy one to answer. Find a broken computer and try to fix it. Google and YouTube are your best friend, as well as forums. Research the problem, and keep working on it until you fix it. When you do fix it take notes. Always take notes, and start making a journal of how you fixed these problems. This is how all new computer technicians are born. There is no longer the need to simply read a particular book.
I can tell you from my 15 plus years of experience, nothing is solved like it is described in a book or classroom. Real world experience is the only way to truly understand the nature of the beast. If you can get past teaching yourself home computer repair and feel that you have a knack for this kind of work, it’s time to get certified.
The first certification all computer technicians go for is the “A+ by Comptia”. This is the ground level certification all technicians should have. After this certification is obtained, you will start to choose your carrier path.
You’re A+ will get you in the door to most businesses, such as call centers, or local tech bench jobs. Once you get a job in one of these positions you can focus on where you want to go in the computer field. You can specialize in many different areas, networking, server administration, routing, virtualization, and many more.