By Paul Ibarra
Apr 21, 2017
When I tell someone that I work in the Information Technology (IT) industry, one of the most common questions I get asked is “what can I do to work in IT?” My answer moving forward will now be, “read this blog.” :)
If you’re passionate about IT or technology, in general, and don’t have the experience or knowledge to make yourself an appealing candidate, there are plenty of things that you can do to gain that knowledge or hone the knowledge that you already have.
Like the medical field, there are many specialties that fall in the scope of IT including security, networking, cloud computing and the list goes on. You may need to learn a little bit about several of these areas before you find the specialty that fits you best.
My suggestion would be to visit https://cybrary.it, view their course catalog and filter for beginner level courses. While there is still a lot to sift through, I would focus on the CompTIA certification courses (e.g. CompTIA Linux+, CompTIA Cloud+, etc.). Go through the first few modules for each certification and see how you feel about them. If you want to keep moving forward with a course after a few modules, by all means go for it. If you complete the course you started and want to know more about that topic, you may have found that area of IT that best fits you.
If you’re in the San Antonio, TX area, check out the Open Cloud Academy. They offer free networking classes in the evenings that prepare you for entrance into their network operations program as well as the CompTIA Network+ certification exam.
Complete the modules on cybrary.it, but don’t stop there. Subscribe to blogs, YouTubers, Podcasts, join meetup groups and whatever else you can get your hands on. The more you surround yourself with that IT area you’re focusing on, the more you’ll be able to apply the knowledge you’re gaining. This, in turn, will make you more confident in job interviews and will also show the recruiter that you’re motivated to learn.
Landing your first job in IT isn’t always easy, so the more you learn and specialize in a specific area of IT the better chance you’ll have to get your foot in the door. Be sure to scout the companies you’re applying for and ensure they’re as good of a fit for you as you are for them!