Hope you don't mind me dropping into your forum but happened to pick up this question in a search.
My advice to you is do not give up your current career for computer repair. This is a flooded, dying market. Replacement costs have dropped at the same time as business costs have risen. Many people and companies simply choose to replace equipment. At the same time, hoards of hopefuls have entered a market they assume to be bouyant. There are new national groups and franchises springing up at an alarming rate.
This makes little difference to us, we simply offer an advice service and outsource repair work to trusted technicians. What I can tell you is over the last three years, true repair work, as opposed to software support has dropped fromm 40% of calls to 14%. During the same period, applications to us, by email, phone and letter from technicians have risen from two a week to about sixteen a week.
With ever decreasing equipment costs and the advent of software as an online service, unless you are vastly experienced in a particular field, this career move is a bad idea. Take your colleague's advice and look in other directions. By all means, add IT skills that will compliment your existing ones but following the traditional path, to become a computer repair technician, is now pointless.
Hope this helps.
20 October 2007 at
11:41 PM by