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1. RSVP for a TechSF Orientation

Plan on attending an hour-long orientation session where you'll learn about the IT industry, which TechSF services are available to you and how to take the next steps.

2. Learn about TechSF

Tech SF offers a range of training programs in high growth IT occupations that are currently in demand, including Networking & Security, Tech Support & Administration, Programming, and Multimedia, in order to prepare San Francisco's residents for entry into careers in the Information




Technology Industry. TechSF provides vocational skills training, work experience opportunities, and offers job placement assistance and career advancement to training participants and other individuals working in the IT field.

3. Find Your Pathway

Training, mentoring, internships, soft skills preparation and job placement assistance is available in the high-growth areas of Tech Support, Computer Networking & Security, Programming, and Multimedia. Click on "Find Your Pathway" to see if Information Technology is a good fit.

4. Explore IT Careers

Check out the "Explore IT Careers" tab to discover what skills you'll need to know, related IT trainings, average salaries and what type of companies are hiring. When you've done your homework, you're ready to pick a career.
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5. Apply for Jobs

Check out our job postings at hiresf.org. Chances are we know the employer and can put your resume right in their inbox. Want to connect yourself? Sign up for LinkedIn!

TechSF Eligibility

Adults and youth who are at least 18 years of age and who possess a High School Diploma or G.E.D. Top priority will be given to long-term unemployed individuals (this includes people who have lost their jobs due to the recent recession that began 1/1/2008 and have exhausted unemployment benefits).


 
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About TechSF

 

TechSF offers training in high growth IT occupations that are currently in demand, including Networking, Tech Support, Programming, and Multimedia, in order to prepare San Francisco's residents for entry into dynamic careers in the Information Technology Industry. TechSF will provide vocational skills training, work experience opportunities, and offer job placement assistance and career advancement to training participants and other individuals working in the IT field.

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 Read Mayor Edwin M. Lee's press release regarding TechSF >

TechSF is offered through Bay Area Video Coalition, BayView Hunter's Point Center for the Arts & Technology, City College of San Francisco, San Francisco State University and Year Up Bay Area in collaboration with West Ed and the Office of Economic and Workforce Development, with funding from the U.S. Department of Labor.

Services

TechSF offers help with your resume, presentation and interviewing skills, offers opportunities to attend networking events, industry panel discussions and job fairs, and provides insight to number one way to search for a job to garner the best results. Additionally, you can receive referrals to training, online tutoring, certificate examinations, internships, and employment.


Eligibility

Adults and youth who are at least 18 years of age, registered for Selective Service (males under 25 years of age), who possess a High School Diploma or G.E.D, and who are unemployed or underemployed. Priority will be given to long-term unemployed individuals.

Long term unemployed are individuals who have lost their jobs during the recent recession (commencing from January 1, 2008 forward), and have exhausted unemployment benefits, or have not yet reconnected with a job that provides comparable responsibility and pay (underemployment), or who are working part-time job(s) when they want a full-time job, or who have become discouraged and have stopped looking for a job.

Ready to get started? The first step to jumpstarting your tech career is signing up for an orientation. RSVP here >
 
Find Your Pathway

Answer these quick and easy questions to see what field may be right for you!


1. Watching a  movie at home is usually fun if:
a. the sound system is excellent and there's no distractions
b. I can play a game online or I can check out IMDB.com simultaneously
c. there are friends to discuss it with during and after
d. there are visual patterns that grab my attention
e. no one minds if I just go to sleep

2. When my friend asks if she can use my printer I:
a. wonder if she'll want regular paper, heavier paper or photo paper
b. think who still uses a printer?
c. give her one I never use and make sure it works for her
d. suggest she use someone else's because I have taken mine apart and used the parts for different projects
e. tell them, "no problem!"

3. When a co-worker is telling a story:
a. I can quickly anticipate where he's going and often finish the sentence for him
b. I feel compelled to check my phone
c. I can quickly anticipate where he's going but love listening to his rendition
d. I start thinking about a whole new scenario
e. I just look at his haircut

4. I can be happy when I:
a. can organize something
b. am checking out people's websites
c. am helping someone
d. am playing video games
e. am making money


5. Twitter seems to be:
a. an application other people use--but definitely not me
b. a great way to stay connected or find information quickly
c. helpful at times but I don't use it that often
d. an application I'd like to work on developing
e. for young people only


6. Facebook:
a. is not something I use because I worry about net security issues
b. is something I used to use more often but there are other more current sites I use instead
c. is mostly silly and I forget to check it
d. needs to keep evolving so more apps work on it
e. is how I get most of my information

7. When my cell phone rings:
a. I look to see who it is and only answer if I recognize the caller
b. I wish the person had texted me, instead
c. I immediately answer it
d. I just ignore it
e. I rarely hear it because I keep it off most of the time

8. When something malfunctions at work I will usually:
a. blame the system
b. think of a quick way around it
c. jump in to fix it
d. wonder what caused it
e. feel a panicky feeling

9. I like my routine at work to:
a. be systematic and stress-free
b. have new challenges every day
c. be a balance of working with co-workers, clients and computers
d. be free of distraction
e. include at least an hour for lunch every day

10. When learning new things, instruction manuals and textbooks:
a. are problematic if info is missing
b. are good resources if I need them
c. are a great step-by-step way to accomplish something
d. are to be pored over
e. make great door stops

11. When asked to create a password I usually:
a. make it 10 characters long, use numbers for some of the letters and capitalize a letter but not the first letter
b. use the one I always use
c. have to write it down because there are so many to remember
d. invoke a computer geek reference
e. forget it instantly

12. Which of the following statements comes closest to your philosophy:
a. Chances are, something that can go wrong, will go wrong
b. I'd rather watch something than read something
c. I'll just Google it
d. I loved comics as a kid and still read them
e. Art is for the artist, not the viewer

13. You pull away from the curb to go on vacation and have a flickering thought that you left the stove burner on. Do you:
a. keep going because you know you turned it off
b. text your neighbor to check on it for you when she feeds your cat
c. turn around and go in to see if it's still on
d. visualize all the steps leading up to this moment
e. imagine the whole thing going up in flames but know that that's probably not what's going to happen

14. Playing a video game can be:
a. great because it relieves stress
b. great for awhile but there are more creative things I'd rather do
c. fun with friends
d. stimulating
e. mindless

ANSWERS

If your answers tend to be "a" or "c" you are probably a good candidate for IT tech support and networking. If you answered mostly "a" you lean more towards system administration and security. People who do well in those careers are systematic, logical and resourceful. They often anticipate the "worst case scenario" and plan solutions ahead of time to prevent problems or disasters. They are precise, detailed and typically "by the book."

If you answered mostly "c" you may be a perfect tech support person . because you not only embrace technology but you love helping other people and enjoy communicating with them. Most tech support people have the added bonus of being a hero in their co-workers' eyes because they can fix things that other people can't. Tech support people tend to be systematic but flexible, able to think on the fly and have the unique combination of being collaborative and independent.

If you answered mostly "b" and "d" you are probably a good candidate for a career in multimedia or as a programmer . If you answered mostly "b" you lean more towards multimedia. People in multimedia careers tend to be more visual and traditionally creative, are often early adopters of new technology and may get bored or distracted more quickly than other people. They need to be artistic but detail-oriented and often need to be excellent communicators and storytellers.


If you answered mostly "d" you may be a perfect programming candidate because you look for patterns, can get immersed in a whole world of logical outcomes and are persistent enough to dedicate hours and hours of time to learning new languages and experimenting with them. Programmers are in it for the long haul and know it won't be easy but it will be rewarding because they can build things that get actualized.

If you answered mostly "e" you may not find the worlds of IT tech support, security, programming, network administration or multimedia as engaging as others do. Plan on attending a TechSF orientation, talk to friends in the field and do more internet research to determine if this is the right pathway for you. Check out our other sector trainings >

Of course, answering a few questions won't be a fool-proof method of determining your career inclinations but use this assessment quiz to begin thinking about what excites you, what your natural talents are and what you'd like to invest yourself in as you make decisions about your work life. We typically spend one third of our days at work, so, choose wisely. You're worth the effort.


    
 
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