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An Introduction to Information Technology Careers
must commend you on your interest in developing an Information
Technology (IT) career.
Congratulations. You must know how IT careers are built and use
effective career growth methods. An information technology career is both interesting and
challenging. You need to approach it with the right attitude.
you need to know the different opportunities in information technology and the
cost-effective routes that are available to you. IT is quite wide and
you should know which area you want to focus on.
is advice I usually give newcomers:
a newcomer, information technology training and certification is the obvious route for
acquiring standard knowledge and skills. Before choosing certifications,
you must have career ambitions. You must determine for yourself what
your career goals are. Choose technology certifications with this in mind.
Start with a Solid Foundation
that basic fundamental knowledge and skills are a necessity for
sustainable career growth. As a newcomer your interest should not be
popular or high level information technology training or certification, but should instead your
interest should be in
developing strength and depth in the fundamentals. Very often many
newcomers skip the fundamentals to save money and time. And of course
this approach usually backfires and costs even more by hindering career
beginner / foundation level programs are: Computing
Technology Industry Association (CompTIA)'s A+, Cisco's
Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), Microsoft's
Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP). These are the information
technology programs you should start with. You need to have a focus, the right
attitude and be determined. I can advise you, but only you can build
your career successfully.
Your Passion, Your Interest
in all careers, the questions you have to ask yourself are: do you have
the interest? Do you have the passion?
sure it is not a money thing? And it is not a fad? Or is it really what
you want to do? I must warn that you must guard against unrealistic
expectations. Information technology like any other field has opportunities and challenges.
It is not a "get-rich-quick" scheme. Nobody is in information
technology for the
sole purpose of making you rich. You must know how to position yourself
based on your interests and abilities to take advantage of the
opportunities and challenges.
must be sure that your fascination is geared towards working as an IT
professional, not just as a user. There is a major difference between
which area of information technology interests you? Do you have an
information technology career plan?
suggest you read these articles for more insight:
for Making a Career Choice in Information Technology
Professions and Career Profiles
just plan for information technology training and certification, plan for experience as well.
When starting out don't aim too high in information technology training and certification, but
make sure your experience and learning options match. Start with entry
level information technology training and certifications like Computer operations, Network
fundamentals, A+, Technical support diploma, Network+, MCP, etc.
What is advisable is to get experience and build up your career in areas in which more opportunities exist for people like you who are career changers or newcomers. Tech support is the best area to easily build up work experience with that background. To start a career in information technology a solid foundation can be built with Technical support.
there are opportunities in all areas of information technology, training in tech support and
related areas is advisable for newcomers because it creates more
opportunities to get useful work experience once training is concluded.
Such tech support programs are usually instructor-led with an emphasis
on learning by doing through hands-on exercises. This is quite unlike
training in more complex applications where opportunities for newcomers
to gain experience are limited.
support experience also opens doors to these other information
technology career paths that may
otherwise be inaccessible. A
solid foundation in Tech support makes it easy for you to move into
other information technology areas of interest such as Networking. Networking is in fact very
close to Tech support and overlaps with it in some areas.
why it's easy to understand why the tech support certification,
CompTIA's A+ is so popular. The exams cover the
key areas of tech support, one of the busiest areas of IT: installation,
configuration, diagnosing, preventive maintenance and basic networking.
In addition, A+ offers newcomers the computer career opportunities to acquire solid
foundational hardware and software skills that are valued for
more information on A+ here:
what certification can do for you and what you need to do for yourself. Certifications
are meant for specialization in certain areas of information technology - practical skills
and knowledge. They help to remove any limitations of experience and
give you a full picture of specific areas. They also allow you to
measure yourself with globally acceptable standards. A+ in Japan is the
same A+ in Nigeria or anywhere in the world.
Popular information technology certifications that will validate your skills and knowledge in Tech Support and Networking are: A+ - tech support, Network+ - networking, CCNA - networking and internetworking, MCP/MCSA/MCSE - Microsoft networking.
must also caution that you shouldn't be unrealistic in your choice of
certification. Because while certification confers advantage, it doesn't
guarantee anything. (http://www.jidaw.com/realistic.html).
Acquiring the certification is one thing. How do you translate this to career growth? Certifications deals strictly will practical knowledge and skills. For more on certification, read answers to frequently asked questions of information technology certification: (http://www.jidaw.com/help.html)
Get real value from knowledge, skills, training, certification by developing your soft skills and managing your information technology career with a success-driven attitude.
career growth, your professional attitude and soft skills (ability to
market yourself, communications skills, presentation skills, leadership,
etc) are critical.
get the most out of this you must complement your technical competence
with a professional and business-like attitude. Especially as a
newcomer, you must be ready to start from the basics and work your way
up. Your interest should be in increasing your value rather than your
cost - value to clients, employers, colleagues, and to yourself.
informed and know your stuff. Keep up-to-date and technically sharp with
online and offline publications. A good example is the information
Passion, Attitude, Success
sure you maintain your zeal for information technology, otherwise you might get frustrated
or lose interest. Everything will come to zilch without having
resilience. Use your goals and career ambitions to help you stay on
track and keep you motivated during times of self-doubt and stress. Most
importantly you must believe in yourself. Don't adopt a self-defeatist
attitude. Focusing on failure only breeds failure. A challenge might
actually be an opportunity in disguise.
dealing with career issues, there is no formula and a lot depends on the
individual in terms of attitude, ability and career focus. You are
ultimately responsible for your own career progress.
advise you to remain focused, and be realistic and professional as you
set your goals, objectives, develop and implement your information
technology career plan. With
the right motivation, organization, and perseverance, your information
efforts will surely end in success.
also suggest that you attend the free information technology Career seminar, which treats
these issues in detail. Get more information here:
wish all the best in your Information Technology Career,
Awe is the Founder of Jidaw.com
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