We know that IT stands for Information Technology. We also seem to be aware that the IT guy (as we like to call them) is invaluable, maintaining those perplexing computer systems at the office. No one’s happier to see the IT guy after, for some bizarre reason, we lose access to our spreadsheets and documents.
Only, there is more to information technology than the standard office or home computer. If an ATM stops working, the call goes out for the IT guy. This also applies to graphic designing, network administration, to web mastering, and even record producing. All these fields are specialized and require a specific knowledge of the systems used. IT is a vast, rewarding field and it’s for anyone that believes they have a solid understanding of technology, and are willing to take the extra steps to study and properly develop their skills.
If you tend to build and maintain your own computers, there’s a place for you in the IT field. If you’re one of those people who love to take electronics apart and put them back together, again, perhaps the arena of information technology is for you.
Determine what your specific expertise is, what you enjoy exploring. This can include game testing, Internet machinations, medical it jobs or administrative networking. Now, begin searching your area or online for any educational opportunities that focus on these interests. Self teaching never hurts, but nothing helps more than the right classes, a degree and the proper certifications. Even as you perform these tasks, begin looking for employment in IT, entry level or otherwise. Employers are constantly on the prowl to invest in someone that not only shows the initiative, but will grow within the environment.
Unfortunately, the IT market is also very popular. Be prepared to face some of the stiffest competition in the job market. Know this challenge, but don’t let it alter your goal. Set a plan, begin your education and start networking by sending out your resume. Promote yourself as the employee that, in a few years, will be the asset and loyalist that an employer wants on their team.
The most important things you will need are going to be patience and perseverance. At the end of the road, look forward to steadily increasing your confidence, and your value to the company lucky enough to snag you. You can be the IT guy.