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    How good are these conversion courses in giving you the knowledge needed to get a job straight after? I mean, could you at least become an IT technician in a school? More than that? Could you be eligible to apply for graduate programmes which normally say 2.1 in a computing field?

    After this 1 year conv course, what level of equivalent knowledge do you have to a BSc CompSci?

    How do other unis regard these conversion courses as a prequisite for entry to their MSc course in computing. For example, either a "normal non-conv" MSc Computer Science / Engineering or something like Edinburgh's MSc Artificial Intelligence (as I have a BA in Philosophy)

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    I basically need to retrain myself for a job where how well I interact with human beings in the workplace is of lesser importance. I am basically locked out of the graduate jobs market because I cannot pass any competency interviews or SJTs and I am very poor at working with others and am socially impoverished. I was thinking maybe something to do with computers would be my best shot and I could be reasonably good at it as I am ok with foreign languages / formal logic (from my BA Phil) / maths (not a natural mathmo, only a B in A level Maths, narrowly missed A).
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    I think you have a few things to think about here:
    In terms of qualifications, have a look at jobs you may be interested in and see what their requirements are. That'll give you an idea of where this course can take you. Also ask the uni about where their grads have ended up.

    You seem to be worried about passing competency interviews and working with people. May I ask why? Irrespective of what you do there will be times when you have to deal with both so why not try working on your skills with handling both and go from there? What do you enjoy doing these things aside?
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    I think you have a few things to think about here:
    In terms of qualifications, have a look at jobs you may be interested in and see what their requirements are. That'll give you an idea of where this course can take you. Also ask the uni about where their grads have ended up.

    You seem to be worried about passing competency interviews and working with people. May I ask why? Irrespective of what you do there will be times when you have to deal with both so why not try working on your skills with handling both and go from there? What do you enjoy doing these things aside?
    The thing is , even if employers wanted a 2.1 undergraduate degree in computing , I can no longer do that because I simply can't afford it . The govt would at least give an unconditional loan for this msc conv course .

    Unless you're a good liar and fabricate scenarios in its entirety you need a rich social history and a repertoire of the "right" experiences . Some questions they ask I can't answer truthfully because it either has never happened , failed to happen like that , something I would not do , what I learnt was not what they wanted to hear or I just don't think about it . As for SJTs , I paid money to 2 websites to do practice ones . Consistently struggled to get more than 40-60%. I failed one for one graduate employer and scored in the 24th percentile for another . In previous jobs when I had to persuade and influence , my performance was extremely poor. I am not a leader at all , I prefer to take orders and if they're **** either follow it because it won't come back to me or grumble and do it anyway . As for relationship building competencies , it really is a joke because I've never had an actual relationship (in the other sense) or a birthday party, don't have any real friends and feel awkward when having to socialise anyway .

    My weaknesses are terminal . I don't think it's productive to focus on righting those as much as focusing on what strength I can get . Ie I'm intelligent and if trained properly could become technically competent. I really regret having done arts & humanities at uni.
 
 
 
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