Advice for getting an IT job at 16?
I turned 16 a while back and now that I have a car and with college approaching I realize I need to get a job over the summer. I love computers and know a lot about how they work and practical solutions for problems. To expand my knowledge base on the matter I started reading a Comptia A+ Certification Exam guide, the one by Mike Meyers. Since I've never had a job before and I don't know anyone that works at a place like geek squad or easy tech I thought I would ask here, and there weren't really any categories to post this thread so sorry if it's off topic :P. I'm not going to go into IT for my career but I'm going to double major in computer and electrical engineering, but I thought a job at one of these places would be fun, opposed to bagging groceries making $8/hour. So my problem is whether or not they will not hire me since I haven't had a job prior to this. I believe the Comptia A+ certification would help but I don't want to spend $300 for something I might not even need to get a job at a place like geek squad or easytech. If I try to apply with out being certified then I fear that if I don't 'pass' the interview I wont be able to interview again with the certification; I don't want to gamble $300 :P. I talked with the manager of my local staples briefly today about the qualifications and etc into getting a job and when I went to ask about if the certification he said no (I don't even think he knew what it was) and he said that staples had one of their own and I came to the conclusion that he wasn't the person to ask since he didn't get across what I was saying :/.He said they look at job experience and I obviously don't have job experience in this field. I know he can't give me a definite answer because I have to go through the whole application process first. I'm probably over-reacting but if I need job experience and no one will hire me because I don't have any then I am in a catch-22. I just want to get it across to these people that I know what I'm doing; I'm not diving into all this blind. I know much more about computers than the average 16 year old and I don't think I'll be able to convince these people of that without getting A+ certified and if the certification doesn't help I'm then out $300.
So I guess I'm asking for some advice on what to do in my situation for those came from the same situation I'm in, or to people that currently have a job like this. Any advice would be appreciated, not just limited to what my concerns are in this thread but just general advice for getting a job at somewhere like easytech or geek squad.
EDIT: I guess I shouldn't have used the word IT. I mean like a job at easytech or geek squad.