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basically how can i advance my knowledge and recieve recognition for it, also what qualifications can i go for? anyone a careers advisor? lol
but seriously i need to get something sorted while im still young? id like to be involved with computers and the internet, in particular web scripting seo and sem they are more core areas, can anyone offer me some advice?
I have seen webmaster/design/development courses discussed at length here and rarely does anyone recommend anything other than good ol' fashioned experience.
However other courses that might serve you well could be design? Business? IT? To get a good set of principles. The rest you can probably learn right here :)
Also start to get a portfolio of URL's together - As soon as possible - you have an advantage over others at your age if you can demonstrate you skills with well-produced sites.
Of course there are people working as website consultants with all sorts of backgrounds. I personally know a great webprogrammer who never finished secondary school, and I know computer science masters that have been unemployed for over six months.
But still, it's up to you. I don't think I had the understanding to learn from experience without my education under my belt, and I think that's how a lot of employers feel. A degree shows that you know how to learn. That's all.
So that's just my perspective on the role formal education plays. More important to some than others, and I'd be worthless without mine, and am actually thinking of going and getting me some more of it. (Because once you're in this much debt you don't care anymore.)
But other people really don't benefit that much from it, so by all means take that into consideration.