A career in Information Technology can be satisfying, rewarding, and lucrative. It can open doors to new opportunities and put someone on the cutting edge of productivity tools and how industries use them. It’s the type of field that can become a life-long career with continuous learning and advancement.
Unfortunately, actually getting started can be as complicated as the most advanced network. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Here, we’ll show you the opportunities and options that await someone who wants to pursue a career in IT.
Information Technology is the one field that will never become obsolete. In fact, as innovation continues and companies rely even more heavily on computers and digital solutions, IT will become more entrenched in a successful company’s plans.
IT covers such a wide area of productivity, talented experts in many disciplines will always be in high demand. Hardware, software, the internet, storage, communication, and their integration into an organized network falls under the domain of Information Technology. If it involves a modern business doing business, there’s a good chance IT will be involved.
How To Get Started
Obviously, someone new to the industry will want to spend time learning new skills. While actual fieldwork will reap great benefits, getting that work will require some education and course advancement first.
A newcomer will generally choose from two types of courses: traditional in-person classes, or online learning. Specialized Information Technology schools, traditional colleges, and universities will offer courses you can attend to learn IT basics. A student will get a comprehensive overview in a traditional learning environment and follow a set course outline. Once the course is completed, the student will emerge one step closer to their goal.
While the in-person class is the traditional path (and what many people think of when considering “taking a course”) the online opportunities are equally valuable. A web-based course can offer the same education and information but adds layers of flexibility that can’t be duplicated in person. A student can take a course at their own pace, and they can review the materials as often as they like.
And while there are a variety of courses to begin a specific discipline, if someone needs an entry-level overview, online learning offers hundreds of free courses. A novice can learn a great deal about software, coding, and the Information Technology field in general with nothing more than an internet connection. Even with a focus on in-person learning, it makes sense to take advantage of the wealth of knowledge available on the internet.
Specializations and Certifications
With basic knowledge about the IT industry in hand, it makes sense to decide what area of discipline is most appealing. Cybersecurity, cloud computing, and software engineering are just a few of the areas of specialization for prospective IT workers. Information technology is a complex and diverse field, so most people will find a valuable area on which to focus.
That focus will direct individuals toward the proper certification. Certifications tell employers what kind of credentials someone has, and their areas of expertise. Most IT positions have standard certification requirements, so a chosen path will have clear standards to be met and certifications to be earned.
For entry-level workers, Cisco, Comp TIA, and Microsoft have popular and well-respected certifications. Many of those credentials also serve as prerequisites for higher-level certifications, which are necessary for career advancement. Those certifications will have continuing education as well, ensuring that the learning process continues for IT professionals.
Once they have the necessary credentials for the position they want, how does a candidate find that perfect job? Obviously, they can do the search themselves, and there are plenty of online tools to help with the task. Unfortunately, a job search in a highly-specialized field is a job unto itself, and even the most diligent people will probably miss out on excellent opportunities. After spending so much time gaining expertise in their chosen field, it can be frustrating to have to learn the skills necessary to perform a comprehensive job search.
An easier solution is to find a competent staffing agency to do the work for you. Just as a candidate is an expert in the IT field, the right staffing company is an expert in matching up workers and companies. They compare qualifications and opportunities to find the right fit for both parties. A successful match can be found quickly and efficiently and allows each party to focus on what they do best. The result is a more effective company and a satisfied employee.
It’s common to have plenty of questions regarding your personal journey into the IT field. Imperium Data Consulting has the answers you need and the ability to assist you every step of the way. Simply use our contact page to start the conversation.