Originally posted by WINGED
Because i am not too sure if experience with databases will get me jobs in other aspects of computers, such as hardware and networking???
Heya WINGED. Computers are a specialised field. I'm a systems administrator and therefore I look after the network infrastructure - the server hardware, operating systems, network hardware, maiking sure email flows and that people can log in OK, etc... I work for a software company and apart from applying the license code I know sweet FA about the products we sell.
You need to know what you want to do in computers and learn that. I get the impression that you're young. Are you in school or just left? Do you like mucking around with computers? If so, what do you like doing? Focus on what you like doing and apply that to what you want to do for a job. I remember one of my report cards from school saying, "Andrew should focus on software application rather than software hacking." hehehehe. I always liked to tinker and that's why I do what I do now.
As for whether to go with a traineeship or TAFE, that depends on what you want to do. I think employers regard experience (especially in a given product) over formal education. That said, employers also recognise that you are disciplined enough to sit through a course and pass it. Especially the industry certifications like Venom XR said. If you have certification in Microsoft, Cisco, Oracle, SAS, or whatever and you are going for a job that utilises those skills then the employer will recognise that you've studied for and passed the relevant axams.
At the end of the day when you're competing against others for a position you'll need more than what the other people have. Get educated, get a job, then get experience, then get the job you want and then (most importantly) keep your knowledge up to date. There's no use being certified in a product that's 2 versions old when the rest of the world is using the current version.
You might have to start in a job that you don't really want. My first job was installing MacIntosh's. I pestered the network guys to tell me stuff and I learned stuff that way. I also learned other important things that have nothing to do with computers such as working in a team, working by myself, working in an office environment, interacting with people, etc.
Go for it dude!