I recently finished Sixth Form and am want to purse a carear in computing, I am not exactly sure what area I want to be in but I love pretty much everything to do with computing so its not that big of a deal. I have been searching the web for a few weeks looking for apprenticeships and stuff like that but they literally all seem to be graduate positions and I do not want to go Uni as I believe I could learn more in 3 weeks at my computer than I could in 3 years taking Computer Science.
I post here to ask people if they have been in a similar situation and how they go through the first 3-5 years of their carear until they were ready to start appyling to the experienced jobs, or any veterens of the industry have anything to say about it. I am intrested in any websites that offer starter jobs in the industry, although I have probably been on most of them. I would like to know of any courses that I could take, stuff that looks good on a CV and will come in useful at work for example a microsoft course or something, or anything that I could be doing to increase the chance of getting a job in the industry.
I know a lot about programming and know around 5 languages, and have a vast knowledge of tons of different areas but it seems this doesn't really matter until you are a graduate, have lots of experience or have something flashy to show off. Even if it is just your story I would love to hear it, and any help is even better - thanks!