Since moving into my new house last week, I have been spending a fair amount of time in the lounge, on the questionably comfy sofa’s in front of the TV with my laptop, and today, between the countless (but enjoyable nevertheless) reruns of Top Gear on Dave, something irritated me.
The same thing then irritated me on another channel, same irritation, different company. Then again, on the same channel, but again a different company!
And this irritation is:
‘Come train to be an IT/Networking expert and make lots of money, you don’t need any previous experience and you could be trained and working as a system admin/network admin/IT consultant within months’
If you have seen these adverts, you will probably know what I mean, but if not allow me to explain my annoyance:
It’s not really the fact they are herding people by the masses into an already crowded industry (although that is quite annoying)…
It’s the people they are bringing in ‘No previous experience required’, ‘Qualified within a few months’. Some of the Jobs they are suggesting these people move into would make me question weather I knew enough to fulfill the role and yet, I have had a real interest in IT since as long as I can remember, have spend countless days researching and tinkering with technologies just because I wanted to understand them and better my knowledge in my chosen field;
Yet these people are expected to gain knowledge amounting to years of reading and practice, countless weeks of late nights trying to get something to work not to mention years spent honeing linux and networking skills, and be unleashed onto some poor company as their computing saviour within months??
No wonder the ‘IT Department’ has such a globally bad and unappreciated reputation.
So thanks, overadvertised ‘We’ll Take anyone’ IT training companies, thanks for lowering the worth and reputation of IT roles accross the industry.. Tossers.