4 Little Known Facts About PC Repair Jobs

by Rod Dunne on September 24, 2010

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For anybody considering a profession doing PC repair jobs, it can often be difficult to understand where to make a start. They question whether to focus on gaining work experience in computer repairs maintenance shops or to complete full-time training. Here, we’ll focus on four key facts about this profession which will help clarify where your focus should be.

1 – Make a balance between education/training and work experience.

All PC repair technician jobs require you to be continually updating your skills and knowledge during your career. It is a simple fact that new technologies and software and hardware arrive on the market every month of every year, so each PC repair job requires you to be continually upgrading your skills, on the job and as part of self-study.

If you can take the time out to study full-time and gain certification then this can give you a broad range of skills to start off with. However, for anybody who has already got some PC repair experience, they would be better advised to balance client recruitment/work with doing short training courses or self-study.

2 – Understand where the gaps in your knowledge are, and focus your training in these areas.

Most PC repair jobs will require you to have a broad understanding of software and hardware. If you do not have this broad understanding/skill-set than doing night courses at trade schools could be the ideal way to flesh out your skills.

If you already have hands-on experience then you will probably already have the skills required to do PC repair technician jobs. Any areas of weakness, or gaps in your knowledge, can be improved upon by doing short courses, product workshops, online training or simply studying by yourself.

3 – Do not get hung up on achieving certification.

Having technical certification will certainly help you land your first PC repair job. However this should not be an overriding goal as part of your career. You will find that many smaller computer repair shops will prefer candidates with recent experience and genuine enthusiasm for the technology.

In addition, certification may only be of value for a short number of years, as technologies change over time. For this reason, most PC repair jobs require you to be constantly upgrading your skills through on-the-job training and external learning.

4 – Find a reseller or partner program which you can use to augment your computer repair training.

All software and hardware vendors provide their own reseller/partner programs that you can avail of. Simply by subscribing to these programs, you can avail of product workshops, seminars, conferences, product support and special rates on purchasing new products. The value of this to any PC repair job is that you can stay current with the latest technologies and self-study at your own pace using the technologies you purchase/test.

PC repair jobs offer a great opportunity to work with a variety of new technologies. Over time, you will start focusing on technologies or areas of particular interest to you (e.g. data recovery) and this will inform what training courses or additional education you eventually begin to pursue. See also our post on computer service technician roles to see what types of career paths you could consider.

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