How to Start a Career in Information Technology

Many people love the people in IT (Information Technology). This is a good field but it does not mean that you work with computers only. Helping others use their computers is often a big part of the job. This field is very big. From an ATM machine, to PC techies, to a network administrator to a graphic designer to a webmaster, to the record producer, these people are all in IT.

Steps

  1. Discover if you are already skilled in IT. If you have a PC and use it for more than just typing and basic office work, doing homework, playing games and casually browsing the web, then you have the right stuff for the job.
    1. Make a list of what types of IT work you might be interested in. For example, if you love computer games, you can list “game testing,” or “writing game software.” If you enjoy designing, “graphic design” or “software design” should go on your list. If you are interested in how the internet works and how computer connect to each other, “network administration or network design” will work for you.
    2. Choose something that will make you happy. If you really enjoy it as a pastime, you will progress in skill much faster.
    3. Get to know the right people. Many IT gurus love to assist people. Look into a formal or even casual apprenticeship. Make a geek your new best friend.
    4. Search for educational opportunities in your area or online, and determine what the entry requirements are for each field of study. Make comparisons.
    5. Supplement self-taught skills with a few classes or an associate degree, and move right into the job market. The more education you get in the field, the better your income will probably be in the long run, but there are entry level jobs even for people with little education.
    6. Look into professional certifications. Even without a college degree an MCSE or A+ certification can gain you significant credibility.
    7. Seek internships at reputable companies. An internship at Google or Microsoft will open a lot of doors for you later.
    8. Write a competitive resume and list it at prominent internet job sites. Include any cities you’d be interested in moving to.
    9. Take the best entry level job you can get, and in your spare time, focus on honing your skills and on keeping up with the constantly evolving applications, hardware, and software that you’ll need to utilize.
    10. Tips

      • Be prepared for constant change and a need to steadily increase your wealth of knowledge.
      • Have a strong sense of curiosity and a desire to know how things work.
      • Bring your unlimited patience. This field can often be frustrating.
      • These jobs have increasingly been in demand since the late 1990s.

      Warnings

      • Don’t pick a job for the money. Pick it for your passion in that field. Then pick the highest paying job with the best opportunities.
      • When things go wrong, the IT department are the first ones to be blamed. When things go right, IT are the last ones to get credit. Do the job because you love it. Otherwise, you’ll hate it.
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