A question & answer audio from the archive about where to start when you want a career in computers?
Note: this is an older recording and references a different website I used to use for my member area, and CDs, which I no longer sell (all lessons now being online through this website).
“Hi There Worth, I’m Errol I’ve joined up as a gold member.
In September I started college wishing to learn computer upgrade/maintenance the course also covers system support as well as networking.
Not knowing anything about computers and lack of confidence within myself, I think through your videos and also your layman terms I could understand where to start and be able to move forward in my chosen career.
Q: Where is the best place to start?
Q: Do you send out any videos on how to learning computer maintenance, system support, and networking.
Q: How can I make it fun to learn and become unconsciously competent?
Your help in assisting me would be very much appreciated.
Here’s a quick written response, listen to the attached audio for a more detailed answer to your computer questions.
I would say that you need to start with the basic concepts and skills (see lessons in the Gold Club member area, and even more on the Computer Basics course on my site) and work your way up.
Using the computer regularly, carefully trying new things on it, and being patient with yourself is also important. Read my articles “How to Get Better at Computers Without Learning a Thing” and “If You Dig Yourself a Hole, Bring a Ladder” for some advice and encouragement.
Remember that your peers will often unintentionally spread misinformation about the computer (misusing terms, giving bad advice, etc.). Also remember the importance of *understanding* not just memorizing steps — you can’t gain unconscious competence (I see you’ve been watching my tips on learning the computer videos :) without understanding of the steps.
I don’t cover repair or system support topics in my courses as my main focus is getting new computer users as well as long-time users who missed the basics (which is most people, really) to have a strong basis in the fundamentals which will help you with those more advanced topics.
You’re welcome to send any more specific questions my way, too, priority on computer Q&A is one of the perks of Gold Club membership.
I hope that helps, and thanks for becoming a Gold Club member!