Learning a new skill takes time, patience, and perseverance. Maintaining that skill has been ever more difficult. However, once you have learned a new skill, you can take that through your entire life. Not to mention the fact that learning new skills makes you feel more accomplished. Every time you learn a new skill you grow a little more as a person. I learned to build computers and I use that skill every day now.
A Teenager Tinkering
Learning to build computers first began when I was bored one day as a teenager. I sat down in the middle of the living room floor with an old broken computer my mother had given me and some of my step-father’s tools. Carefully, I took apart the computer piece by piece until it was nothing but the empty tower. Then, being fascinated by the many parts that made up this machine, I began figuring out how to put it back together again.
Taking to the Internet
Even though I was young, I was not stupid enough to think I could just put a computer together and take them apart for long without actually knowing what each part was and how it functioned. Thus, I took to the internet to do some research. I read about computer parts and how each part functioned and printed out diagrams of how the parts to match it to the actual part of the broken computer that I had now taken apart so many times it was driving my mother crazy. I began to learn how the motherboard acts as the circuit board and the CPU was a square chip that was considered the brains of the operation. The more I learned, the more fascinated with computers I became.
As soon as I was able to select an elective in high school I enrolled into computers and was an honor student. Of course in High School you only really learn the basics which I had pretty much taught myself by then. After finishing High School with the assistance of some state funding I was able to go back to school and get my CompTia A+ and Network + Certifications. Funny, as soon as I entered the class for my certifications I realized that all the stuff I had learned was already old news because technology changes super fast. However, I studied hard every night and prepared for my exam and passed the very first attempt.
Learning Never Stops
In computers, like most skills, learning never ends. In fact, when you think you have learned everything there is to know about your skill then you need to go back to the beginning because you missed something along the way. Technology changes everyday and computers have gone from an accessory to a necessity in business. As such I maintain my skill by staying up to date on the new inventions and techniques. I subscribe to several technology newsletters and magazines and in my spare time I researched new trends. A skill is only a skill if you keep it alive.