Not many jobs are as future proof as a career in Information Technology (IT). Estimates suggest that millions of jobs will be lost due to automation. While some IT jobs may become automated, IT professionals will still be needed to keep the automation running smoothly. There are many career paths you can take in IT. Some paths have brighter futures than others. If possible, try to target IT jobs that are not entry-level. Regardless of what your IT career path will be, your first step is to get that first job.
A Good CV and Resume
Breaking into a new career can be hard. It is unlikely a good resume alone will land you a position, but without a good resume, you may never even get the chance. If you have any experience in IT—or even any experience with technologies—be sure to highlight it on your resume. Even minimal experience is better than no experience at all. For instance, building a gaming computer or fixing a business copier shows some technical proficiency. Also, highlight your ability to learn. There are always new things to learn in IT, so document examples of systems and processes you have learned.
After experience, education is the best way to show a future employer that you are suitable for an IT job. Degrees and certifications not only show you have knowledge and experience in a specific topic, but they also show that you can learn new things. An associate degree in computer networking is a good place to start to get a foot in the door. Computer networking is a step above an entry-level IT job. If you have no degree, consider certifications. Each IT career path will have its own set of well-recognized certifications. Research to find out which training makes the most sense for the jobs you plan to apply to.
The easiest way to find a job and advance your career is to form relationships with people already in the field. Take advantage of any free knowledge or advice you can get. Don’t be afraid to reach out to people in your desired field and get to know them. Participate in meet-ups or local conferences to make professional connections. Make sure you get people’s contact information at these events so you can follow up with them and possibly get leads for a job.
Few professions are as accessible and secure as IT. The toughest step in an IT career path is landing that first job. Create a solid resume, get education and training, and make connections. Then, get more education and training and make more connections to advance along your career path. Once you obtain that first job, many other IT career paths will present themselves.