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Choosing and Making the Best of Computer College

15 JAN 2013
Career Path : Computers and Technology

A computer college is a technical training institute, usually with a career focus. They provide classes in everything from web design courses to A+ certification, and are a good choice for a career in IT. Unlike a computer science or computer engineering degree from a university, the terms are completed much more quickly, maybe even in less than a year. They may even be self-directed, allowing you to complete your course work at your own pace.


They are a good choice if you are more work than academic minded. Often they structure themselves to avoid a classroom atmosphere and act more like a professional business. They also cater to all sorts of grads, from people with fresh printed high school diplomas to people with IT jobs looking to reskill.


What Sort of Things Should I Look For?

In a career college of any kind, including a computer college, you should look into their post-graduation placement rate. Any institution of this kind us usually very proud of this achievement and will happily share the details with you. You should also look into what sort of student job hunting support they give. Many will even find you a ‘practicum’, a placement to get you experience.


Take a look at the computer courses they are offering and how they are taught. It’s worth noting this doesn’t just mean looking for training in the latest software, but neither should all their computers and materials be from the previous decade. Computers are a rapidly evolving field. When they say their instructors are industry experienced, look for specifics. In some schools these industry contacts will also help you find a job.


What To Do While Studying?

Make the most of your education. Whether you picked web design courses or network administration, you are paying to learn. If you don’t feel like you understood, ask questions. There is no such thing as a stupid question. Since you often have an ability to shape your curriculum, pick training according to the needs of the job market and plan practically. For example in the context of the aforementioned web design courses, study current web trends and work on your portfolio. You even may even want to volunteer to pad your resume. Computer courses also have the advantage that even before you get your degree you’re qualified for slightly higher paying part time work such as technical support.


What To Do After Graduation?

Keep in touch with your alumni office. If industry contacts at your computer college got you jobs, pay the favour forward to your school if you have the opportunity. If you’re job hunting, talk to the employment office at the school. It’s strongly in their best interests to work with you, review your resume and get you working more quickly.



Visit Oulton College for more information on computer courses.