I could really do with some good advice!
I graduated from Uni in 2010 with a decent 2.1 BSc hons from Sheffield Hallam University and have had little result in finding a proper job since.
I have very poor A-levels, very little experience and I dropped out of my second year of my first university.
- I have done IT work from home (mainly computer installation/repair but also phone repair, created an Access database (for a different charity than below) and other predictable sorts of IT guy things.)
- I designed and created a SQL Server 2003 back-end database for a charity that never had it's front end created as the person who was meant to create backed out.
- I have taken over as a carer for my blind father until I get some work. (I do not mention this or put it on my CV)
I would like to go into an area of IT that is not programming and preferably not databases. Something like network technician or consultant would be nice.
I have been using job sites such as Milkround, graduate-jobs, cwjobs and gumtree with no success.
Should I be applying somewhere else or to something else?
Is it worth me doing a qualification (Red Hat, A+, N+, MCP, CCNA, etc) to help me get a job?
A friend of mine is suggesting Red Hat and I have done a lot of the CCNA before... Are the Red Hat qualifications a good idea?
Should I volunteer at a charity for a role closer to what I want to do (support/technician). If so where can I find a good (preferably large) charity to volunteer at where I will get some support. My experience at the charity I worked at for a while was terrible, I was promised support I never got, forced to do work that had nothing to do with IT (this was near the end where they knew I had committed so much) and they were generally really dodgy...
The only good thing of late was that I got down to the last 1000 applicants for the NHS Informatics Management scheme, but then apparently I was too technical in my interview and got rejected mainly on this point.
This was the only graduate interview I have ever got through to.
All the rejection combined with my age (feels like life is in ruins) has really killed my confidence and so I really need some sort of support to get me going instead of being thrown in the deep end. I quickly learn and gain confidence but these days I go in stammering a bit and with low self esteem.
Any advice would be really appreciated.
But we haven't even met!