Re: Value of basic computer science qualification?

Subject: Re: Value of basic computer science qualification?
From: "Janet Swisher" <jmswisher -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "Joey P" <joeyp2008 -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2008 18:17:18 -0500

Hi Joe,

Assuming you're documenting software, it's not going to hurt, and it's
likely to help. I'm not familiar with certifications in the UK, but I
believe that having a Java certification got me one job, and probably helped
on another.

I suggest starting with a basic course, and then deciding whether to pursue
advanced study, and in what, based on either your interests or your
opportunities. No point going in depth on networking if your next job is in
databases, or vice versa.

Good luck.

On 7/15/08, Joey P <joeyp2008 -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:
> Hi,
> I'm comfortable with a range of software tools, including Framemaker in
> structured mode. But I don't have any real knowledge of programming or
> databases, and not much of an idea about networking either. I think it
> would
> give prospective employers a bit more confidence in my abilities if I had
> some kind of computer science qualification. They might feel reassured that
> I could talk the same kind of language as developers/engineers, and that I
> could easily grasp the concepts I'd have to document.
> The kind of thing I'm thinking of is a part-time course at around
> first-year
> university level; one I could do via distance study while continuing to
> work. One such course in the UK is the BTEC Higher National Certificate in
> Computer Science. What do people think about this? Would a computer science
> qualification help me in future? And if so, would a fairly basic one be
> enough?

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