Currently I'm in the middle of my last year at high school and after spending the past two days visiting uni's around Auckland and the Waikato I'm beginning to think a bit harder about what exactly I want to do at uni and which uni I should go to next year. I've pretty much always wanted to work with computers in some way and so have mainly been looking at IT based courses.
Currently the main place I've been looking at studying is Victoria as I like the idea of living in Wellington and I already have a mate at Vic who is enjoying it (He's doing law though).
Otherwise I have been thinking about Waikato uni as well especially after seeing the campus yesterday or even somewhere like AUT but I haven't really spent too much time looking into the courses that they offer.
The main problem I've been having though is figuring out exactly what courses I want to take at uni. I've been steering more towards software based courses as there's always going to be plenty of jobs out there for that sort of thing and what I'd really love to do one day (like every other nerdy kid) is get into the game development industry or even develop apps for mobile platforms etc, working for companies such as Microsoft, Google etc would be amazing too. I started doing a programming course this year at school which we've been learning Python in which has been quite interesting, albeit frustrating at times.
One thing I have enjoyed in the past is 3D animation as last year I did a week long course through Lifeway college which was based around using Maya. I've always enjoyed doing design based work and have always done well in subjects at school such as graphics and art design (drawing and Photoshop work), that's why I like the idea of doing animation etc but there doesn't seem to be the same amount of jobs or money in it (from what I've been told anyway). I've also just begun learning a bit of web page development at school using HTML and CSS which I have really enjoyed (Easily my favourite subject at school atm) and I've got a neighbor who wants me to soon starting creating a website for a book that hes spent the past 10 or so years working on, so it will be interesting to see how that turns out.
Anyway I'm sure there's a bunch of you guys out there that have jobs in the IT industry so I'd really appreciate it if you have anything to share about where and what you studied and what you thought of it or if you have recommendations for courses to look at or even what you currently do as a job.