Wanting to work for Apple.

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by iJordz, Mar 5, 2011.

  1. iJordz macrumors member

    Jul 20, 2010
    I really want to work for Apple for my future career , and I'm only 16 finishing my GCSE's only got around 12 weeks left of school then its college,

    For A-Levels , I'm going to do ICT in a-level, ( also , history , government & politics , R.E )

    But, whats the best way on going to work for Apple?
  2. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008

    Personally, I wouldn't set a certain company as a goal. While Apple's products are great, it doesn't necessarily mean that they are great as an employer. For example I wouldn't like to work in retail for the rest of my life. Think about what you want to do and then start looking for companies that offer such jobs.
  3. iJordz thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 20, 2010
    I wouldn't want to work in retail for a life time, I see what your saying as a certain company as a goal, I really would love to get into software / Application design but I don't really know on how to start with it as you don't get taught Application design ( I think ),
  4. Heilage macrumors 68030


    May 1, 2009
    Don't. At least not low level. A colleague of mine worked at an Apple Call Center in Ireland a few years ago, and the stories she tell are pretty bad. I don't really have many details, but it wasn't a nice place to work, according to her.
  5. ipodtoucher macrumors 68000


    Sep 13, 2007
    Cedar Park, TX
    That site also features listings for corporate. If you want design, you want corporate. Retail is nice though haha Especially if you are a Creative and make tons of money ;)
  6. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    If you want to work in software you need to go to Uni and study software engineering or similar (if you want to work on the software side: this can include classes on Human Computer Interaction) or in graphic design or similar if you want to work on the more artistic side. Apple do not train retail workers up into software developers.
  7. KnightWRX macrumors Pentium


    Jan 28, 2009
    Quebec, Canada
    Of course you do. Go to a good college and take up Computer Sciences. You'll get taught software design (database normalization, workflows, MVC concepts) in the courses that teach Analyst level concepts. However, be warned that those are some of the most boring classes unless you really dig making diagrams in a drawing program.

    If you mean "UI design", then there are probably courses on it too, though UIs were mostly command-line based in my days so we didn't really go deep into HIGs. This has probably changed.
  8. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    Make Apple a long term goal/dream.

    What you should do at the moment: take Maths, Computing (ICT) and whatever other subjects you want. But maths is important. Then, apply to do Computer Science at a University. You'll do programming, design work and a lot of theory. Then, you could look at the possibilities of doing a Masters in User Interface design. With a BSc in Computer Science and an MSc in User Interface Design, you'll be a good candidate for a job at software development firm.

    Apple wants experienced applicants. Build yourself experience from working at various software firms, and maybe, just maybe, you'll have the necessary expertise to what Apple requires.

    As I said, it is a long term goal/dream. But if you get a BSc and an MSc in software development areas, all that'll be missing is some real world experience.
  9. Cabbit macrumors 68020


    Jan 30, 2006
    For A levels consider ICT and Graphic Communication (History is fun but useless to your carrier, R.E. is completely useless for any carrier unless you plan to work for one of the cults.) Or go right to college and skip the A levels i left High School at 16 for college and am currently in 4th year Uni with acceptance to MSc in September. I found this a more enjoyable experience than doing Higher's and Advanced Higher's in subject of no interest.
  10. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    Why would you drop out of high school to go to college (only relevant discussion for Scotland's education system)?

    All you need is generally 4 Highers to get into a University. If they are being especially picky, they'll ask for an Advanced Higher. But I got conditionals for Edinburgh University and Glasgow University for Computer Science BSc with Honours with only 4 Highers.

    Dropping out of High School and going to college is not a good idea if you are wanting to go University. Stay on, get your Highers, and even do Advanced Highers if you wanted. Highers in Maths, English, Physics, Computing and Music are what I took.

    Of course, the English education system is different, where college (or 6th form for some high schools) is where you do your A-levels (and AS-levels) to get into University.

    I do agree that doing History and R.E is a bit of a waste of time if you are looking at computer based things.

    Physics, Maths, English and Computing are good subjects. Physics and Maths are closely tied in with Computing, and English, well, you need to know how to write when you come to University. Uni's don't need you to have English, but I've got a few friends who didn't take English at high school and their dissertations look like they've been written by Micky Mouse.

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