I'm a junior in highschool right now and I'm trying to decide what to do with my life. All I know is that I want to do computers. I love web programming and fixing PC's and I've also thought about being a writer for a PC magazine (any positions open, maxpc? lol), but I don't know what to do after highschool. How would I go about getting a job after highschool? Would college really be worth the money or do I just need certs? Also, what certs should I get? M$ doesn't certify PHP programmers
lol. (Not that I don't know more than PHP, but all M$ offers for web programming is their crappy languages that only run on windows, and wtf uses windows for a web server?? lol [besides me at the moment!!!! lol])
If you want to write, your best bet in my opinion would be college.......you will be hard pressed to find a job writing for any major magazines without at least a college degree. Every study I've ever read about college degrees concludes that those with college degrees have more earning power than those without. A college degree will at the very least open other doors should you decide you can't do it. My wife is almost done with her English degree and is already considering editing jobs. She is, however, completely clueless about electronics and computing in general("honey, both of my internets crashed. What's wrong?
). So, the best recommendation I could make would be talking to more than one guidance counsellor at your high school and go from there. You'll hear all sorts of advice, from just getting any degree at all to getting a masters degree in addition to a double bachelors degree in English and CS.
Have you considered your own blog or website? Get some practice and decide if you really like it. I "really liked" fixing cars but let's face it, how many times a day can I hear, "you just fixed my brakes 5000 miles ago and now they squeak" or, "I hear a rattle from the back of my overpriced SUV going uphill at 80mph when hitting a pothole". With your own blog you can write about what you want to write about, wether it's your own reviews, your own experiments or your own opinions about where the technology world will lead to.
You'll hear time and again paper certs are worthless. They have "some" relevance in the business world, and some carry more weight than others.