Computer Repair Employment: How to Get Started

by Rod Dunne on December 16, 2010

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For anyone considering computer repair employment for a career it can be difficult to work out where to start. The key question is whether to focus on PC repair education/certification or to concentrate on gaining work experience.

In reality, computer repair jobs require you to balance out both work and training throughout your career, even when starting out. The following four tips are a guide to how to establish a balance.

1: Balance out recruitment and training from day one.

Not everybody can afford the time and cost of studying full-time before starting into computer repair employment. Moreover, it is often not necessary.

Doing computer repair jobs on a daily basis can offer you broad exposure to the skills and challenges the role involves. This ‘on-the-job’ training can then be added to by attending night courses, short workshops or self-paced training to improve skills in key areas.

2: Know what training is out there to target any skill gaps.

As you start into doing PC repair work it will become apparent if you have any gaps in your knowledge base and which areas you’d like to focus on. You can then research and target training to broaden out your skills where gaps exist.

If you need to train up on how to fix computer issues at a high level (e.g. for specific operating system such as Linux, doing a PC service or general hardware upgrades) then a night course might be the best option.

For specialist areas using a specific product or areas of expertise (e.g. data recovery, virus repair, Microsoft Server) then a workshop, short course or vendor training would be better suited to you.

3: Look into using partner programs as a way to train yourself.

Once you sign up to a partner or reseller program you get the chance to get software and hardware before others, and at a cheaper rate. You can then self-train on the new products at your own pace and on your own time, without impacting work commitments or local computer repair jobs you take on.

In addition, many of these programs provider members-only training seminars, workshops and computer labs as a fast way of getting people up to speed with their new products.

4: Certificates and diplomas should not be a primary goal.

As with any career, you will be employed on some occasions due to certifications you hold, but on other occasions due to the recent hands-on experience you have. Moreover, this work experience could be as part of some local computer repair jobs you did, personal self-study or workshops/computer labs that you were involved with.

While being a certified computer service technician can help single you out in a competitive jobs market when comparing two resumes, it is often preferable to know that you had to fix computer issues which the role necessitates being proficient at. This is especially true in cutting edge technologies where formal courses may lag 1 to 2 years behind the latest products.

Once you have the basic PC repair skills you will be well-prepared for computer repair employment and should continue to balance work & training throughout your career so as to retain a marketable skill base.

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