Apple School?

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by edtorious, Jun 20, 2008.

  1. edtorious macrumors 65816

    edtorious

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    Hello, I recently switch from PC to Mac :apple: and I'm glad I did. Now I want to go back to school and learn all about Mac, but it seems I cannot find like a technical school i.e. www.itt-tech.edu. that will teach all about Mac. All I can find are these training centers:confused: training.apple.com, And they are so expensive:eek:, does this training centers offer like student loans? So my question is for a guy like me who doesn't have a college degree but decides to go through all this training and certifications from Apple, will I be able to get a job in the Apple IT industry? I've yet to research if Apple IT jobs are on demand nowadays, I'm going to check out the classified ads to see if it's worth doing this. Doesn't Apple have their own schools or university of some kind?

    Maybe I should just go to the free workshops Apples Stores are offering:rolleyes::D. Your help or suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

     
  2. martychang macrumors regular

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    I haven't done any Apple Training/Certs though I really want to. I can say some things however.

    It seems to me that the best way to learn the stuff would be through Apple's official books on the subject(someone tell me if I'm wrong). They're certified bay Apple to have all the relevant material, and they'll be way less expensive than the classes. You'll just have to buy your own copy of OS X Server if you want hands on with the Server solutions, which is unfortunate.

    As for Apple IT opportunities I'm sure there are some out there but I wouldn't bet my livelihood on it personally. Basically know and be certified in Microsoft/Linux and then know Apple too, and get hired on the former. Then if there are any Macs are your place of business you'll very likely be the only one who knows what they're doing with them, and end up working on them plenty. This is what I plan to do, it's modest but I like to keep my dreams in check :p
     
  3. Sky Blue Guest

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    Apple IT opportunities are pretty scarce and usually found in bigger markets. You would still need to know Microsoft stuff and maybe Linux. I work with a lot of Apple stuff as a system administrator but I still touch a lot of MS stuff. I had to get a lot of MS experience first and wouldn't have got much opportunity without my degree.

    The Apple certs are worth getting but only coupled with a degree and experience.

    If you're really serious about it, look at maybe a 2-year general IT degree or getting some experience. Once you're in the field you can look for an opportunity with Apple equipment.

    For the Apple certs, the exams cost $200 and the books are about $30-$40, so you can get one certification for about $250.
     
  4. yeroen macrumors 6502a

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    The most important thing to remember is that Mac OS X is a UNIX flavor. Learn your way around UNIX and the UNIX shell, and you've learned practically everything you need to know about administering Macs.
     
  5. Sky Blue Guest

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    Nope.
     
  6. yeroen macrumors 6502a

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    You'll probably disagree with me again, but what I meant was that the mechanics of using or administering a set of UNIX machines (linux, bsd, solaris, etc.) are largely unchanged if those *nix machines are replaced with Macs. There are differences here and there of course (for example, no /etc/shadow on OS X), but it's more one of flavor. Contrast this to the case of Windows, which is a completely different experience altogether.
     
  7. twoodcc macrumors P6

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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU like Mac OS X; en) AppleWebKit/420.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.0 Mobile/4A102 Safari/419.3)

    I'm in a similar boat, but I'm going for a degree first
     

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