Why should I look for an IT job?
Information Technology (IT) sector is booming and so are the job opportunities in this field. Unfortunately, many of these jobs are going offshore due to the lack of skilled employees and high cost of in house workers. Still, the sector is large enough to provide job opportunities for many more Americans. If you are a young and tech savvy American, there are many options to get a job in IT field even without an IT degree. You can advance your education while working for the IT Company. However, if you are not so young or not so tech savvy but can use computer and browse internet moderately, you can still try your luck for a job in IT field. This article focuses on these workers who have no IT related work experience and education but have been working for many years. Workers like these can do well in particular IT jobs with hard work and some luck, if and only if, they are solution driven and ready to go the extra mile for this new career.
Where do I start?
A good start can make a difference in your decision. As a basic principle, you do your research before you jump into a new career. For an IT career, start searching in local area or meet up group. Join one near you so that you can go and talk to real people. Online forums are definitely helpful but real in person communication have no alternatives. So, go ahead and join a group or two. Attend the meetings, seminars, or meet ups. Do not hesitate to introduce yourself or to talk with others.
Why create a Network?
IT runs on different Networks. You need at least one network for your own to get started. Create a Network of similar minded people. Chances are, if you do not like the person, you will not listen to their advices seriously. So, here is your network guide: Know few people. Learn about their profession. Listen to them. Share your interests. Your network can suggests some jobs which you will be qualified for. The better they know you, the better they can recommend a job for you. Some probable would be Developer, QA, Content Writer, Project Manager, Business Analyst, Marketing Advisor/Consultant, Write Reviews, and Social Media Marketing etc.
Which one to pick?
Jobs with high salaries are our goals for most of the time. However, when you are changing your career, you may want to start with something doable rather than something preferable. To be honest, if you are neither so young nor so tech savvy, you may not be suitable for some of these jobs right away. You have to narrow down your interest to the possible jobs you will be qualifying for without much IT related educational background. Think about the future options and growth before you decide to move on. Once you have set your goal, do more research about those jobs and learn what others saying about the job. Contact everyone in your network, neighborhood, or relatives who may help you to secure an internship (paid/non-paid) on the desired field. It is understandable if this is an uneasy process. Nonetheless, it is very essential for many job seekers to start with in a known environment.
What Luck has to do with IT (it)?
I know you will work hard when you get the job. Yet, getting the job is something not so easy for everyone. It is my personal belief that getting the first job at the right place with right colleagues has lot to do with luck. Think from local to global opportunity. Fowara, LLC is a small company but listed on top for Magento Ecommerce solution in Atlanta, Georgia area. What are my chances to get a job in the company considering so many qualified people are looking for a job? Or, if I want to try nationally, can I work for NCR? Or, even larger dream when I think globally; can I work for IBM someday? If you believe in luck, wish you all the best. If you do not, let’s move on.
Am I Solution Driven?
Finding a solution in unique situation is not very easy. A very dynamic IT world presents unique problem in everyday basis. An IT professional is expected to handle the problems uniquely. It does not mean you have to know the solution of every problem. It means that you need be able to adapt solutions and apply in different problems uniquely. A solution driven employee will seek for a solution first before cry for help. Of course, there are exceptions but the general notion is “Try First”. If you can think logically, you may find a way around the problem and solve it.
Why do I need to go the Extra Mile?
Last but not the least; you need to go the extra mile. Do not limit yourself in the work hours. Here is why. Your co-workers may have an IT background when you joined. They may have been working for many years in IT profession, and you have just started. Basically, you may have some gap in the achievement and expectation. If you only work the office hours, the gap between you and your coworker will not diminish anytime soon. It is the extra mile or the extra hour that will help you to reduce the gap between you and your experienced co-worker. Yes, you will not get paid right away for those extra effort and extra hours. If you continue your work ethic, soon you find yourself in a better position to handle the job and advance in the company. Then, you receive the reward of those extras.
Of course, there are other ways to land on an IT job. If anyone know some better ways to get IT jobs for people with non-IT related work experience and without IT related education, please share with other readers.