Apple Certifications for 17 year old?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Nitromaster, Feb 15, 2010.

  1. Nitromaster macrumors 6502

    Jan 7, 2007
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    I'm currently 17, and realising I probaly should start to figure out what I'm doing with my life eventually.
    Was thinking of learning as much different skills as possible while I have pretty much free time.
    I've realized I'll likely need certfications in whatever field I decide to try and work in, so I've decided to start looking at the various apple courses/certs to start with.
    Couple of questions:
    Looking at the different options, the iLife or iWork associate courses seem like they'd be the best to start with. (I have both suites on my mac, totally underused though)
    any advice re: this choice or the whole idea of me trying to get certfications in the first place? (re:age...I understand I might have to do them again sometime to stay current?)
    there's no apple stores here in Ireland, and I presume none or hardly no traing centers or the best option would be to self-learn via one of those books listed on the apple site..then fly to the uk or somewhere when it comes to taking the actual test!

    Any more advice or help is greatly appreciated.
  2. belvdr macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2005
    No longer logging into MR
    Better bet is to go to college and get a degree. That opens more doors than anything.

    All certs I know of, not sure about Apple, require recertification.
  3. AppleMatt macrumors 68000


    Mar 17, 2003
    I wouldn't say that certificates in iWork are very employable.

    I'd go for retail, either an Apple shop or those Apple areas in PC World etc. That way you'll get good experience, and rather than paying to get certified you can get them to send you on whatever training you need to bolster your CV.

    Failing that, go for a more general certificate such as OS X or whatever.

  4. Nitromaster thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 7, 2007
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    Thanks for your reply :)

    College will definately happen as well, but once this school year finishes (end of may) I have still another year before college.

    Was just thinking about the fact I'll probaly want/should learn all the stuff that'll appear on the iLife/iWork papers anyway, and I probaly should "learn" mac osx sometime as well.

    Thanks for the advice :)
    Was thinking more of the iLife/iWork ones plainly because I should learn how to use those apps anyway at some stage.
    Mac OS X/pro app certs would be much more worthwhile obviously though :)
  5. lannister80 macrumors 6502


    Apr 7, 2009
    Meh, forget certifications. Start studying:

    • Operating Systems (contention, locks, scheduling, semaphores, etc)
    • Networking (packets, frames, sliding windows, throughput, CIDR, etc)
    • Some kind of OO programming (Java?)
    • Some kind of low-level programming (play with registers, OPcodes, etc)
    • Linux tools/command line fun (fstab, ps, grep, |, etc)
    • File Systems (FAT is a good place to get started)

    This assumes you want to go the general Computer Science route. If you want to be a repair tech, that's waaaaay different.
  6. CylonGlitch macrumors 68030


    Jul 7, 2009
    I agree with lannister80, if you want CompSci go with what he said above, those will benefit you a lot more. If you are going something else, say engineering, then study your math, and electronics. If you are going computer services (IT), then study networking and the different pieces of equipment.

    Learning iLife suite is like preparing to be a secretary or something along those lines. And if that is your intention, learn Word, it's more widely used.

    If you want to learn for your own use, just start using it and learning from online docs, no need to take the course, it won't help you much.
  7. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Avoid all non-technical Apple Certifications. If you want to be a hardware technician that's somewhat transferable. iWork/iLife are totally useless.
  8. NextTuesday macrumors member

    Aug 31, 2006
    Cork, Ireland
    Apple Retail?

    If you've a year to wait before college, the best experience you could get is a retail position or trying to start a company of sorts.

    CompuB (Apple Reseller here in Cork and Limerick) are opening in Dublin, it might be worth your while to try and get your CV in to them now. I'm 18 and work part-time in the Cork store, with no previous experience and my Leaving Cert this June too.

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