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european computer driving license, my school offers it 2 periods a week, shall i bother ? will it help with career prospects etc
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european computer driving license, my school offers it 2 periods a week, shall i bother ? will it help with career prospects etc
Well in my school it was compulsory for everyone to take it in our 'free periods'. It was something extra that most people could put on their UCAS forms and CVs. It's useful in so far that it teaches you certain things that you might not have known before on certain programmes, but then again, i'd say a lot of people would have forgotten the majority of the course. However, it's something on your CV that'd show employers your computer literacy and show that you'd gained a certain standard and know how to use different computer programmes.

If you do choose to do it, my advice would be to get it over and done with asap, some of the module tests are so easy if you use the computer regularly. At the end of the day it's another qualification, so it can't be bad.
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A computer qualification of some sort is definitely worth it.

I've got IT key skills level 3, which does me. It doesn't really reflect my computer ability, but it's more proof than just saying I'm computer literate.

My degree will probably lead me to a career in Europe, so I've been tempted to take the ECDL so I would have a fully recognisable qualification, but in the end I couldn't be bothered.
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It's probably the dullest thing on earth if you can already work a computer, but if you want some sort of official qualification rather than just saying "experienced used of x, y and z software" then I guess it's OK. I don't think it would get you a job or anything but it'll probably help employers understand your level of computer literacy. I guess do it unless you've got something better to do!
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i wouldnt bother

it was such a waste of time for me
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i would have rather had the frees. However I did do A Level computing so have a formal qualification that proves I know at least a little about them.
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on my work experience (year 10) i tought people the ECDL for a charity. i found it very easy, but I did get an A* in ICT.

if you have another compueter qualification GCSE Keyskills AS A2 dont bother. otherwise go for it
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If you're thinking about job prospects I wouldn't bother....never heard of it making a difference to anyone's job and I've never been turned down because I don't have one. I've had my own pc for 13 years tho (easy I'm 23 not 45!) and can work the ins and outs of various pieces of kit.
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(Original post by Ynox)
i would have rather had the frees.
I've i'd had the choice, i'd probably rather have had the frees too!
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ECDL isn't really worth anything. I worked for the British Computer Society for 2 years and it's generally regarded as "IT for Monkeys"! I did mine over 5 lunch hours at work and still had time for a sandwich! ECDL advanced is more useful.
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