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Navigating the Epic Journey to an IT Career Part One

September 4, 2023 in Uncategorized by

People always ask me how to get into an IT career.  Let’s face it, in today’s tech driven world, IT can be a smart and rewarding choice, the field offers a wide range of opportunities for those with the right skills and mindset. If you’re interested in the journey into an IT career, here are my thoughts.

Assess yourself, honestly.  What are your interests, skills, and goals. Explore your interests and strengths to determine which IT path aligns best with your aspirations.

Set time to find and take training. Most IT careers require some level of education or training, whether self-study or in a program.  Once you have an idea of where you want to be, you must find the path.  Keep in mind that IT is a dynamic field, so you can always pivot and explore new areas as you gain experience.

If you are new or transitioning to IT, self-study can take you far so commit the time.  If you are looking to break away from the entry level, select a specialization that resonates with your interests and career goals. Self-study can work for specialization, but more advanced careers may require instructor-led training.

Especially for self-study obtain certifications.  Many of my courses focus on industry known certifications; CompTIA A+, Network+, Security+, Cloud+, PenTest+, and for the newbies ITF+.

Get some hands-on experience.  IT is all about getting your hands on. Consider internships, part-time jobs, or volunteer opportunities to gain practical knowledge and build your portfolio. Create personal projects or contribute to open-source projects to showcase your skills and abilities to potential employers.

For those breaking from the entry level job, follow your interest path.  Consider Internet of Things, Cloud, Cybersecurity, Data Analysis.  The IT industry is constantly evolving, so a commitment to lifelong learning is essential. Stay up-to-date with emerging technologies, attend workshops, and consider pursuing advanced certifications or degrees to advance your career.

It is who you know, network. Surround yourself with IT, attend industry conferences, meetups, and online forums to connect with professionals in your chosen field. Getting into an IT career requires dedication, continuous learning, and adaptability. Remember that perseverance and a passion for technology will be your greatest assets as you work towards achieving your IT career goals.

Stay tuned for more career information in September.


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