How do I begin my journey in the Information Technology Industry?
Interested in starting a career in Information Technology(IT) with no particular background in IT? Here is where I would suggest you begin.
What do you think of when you hear "IT"? Is it just men and women that fix computers, phones, TVs? If you were thinking along that line, it's ok. You are not totally off. At least you got the foundational aspect down. IT is all about problem solving. IT professionals are, in a nutshell, problem solvers. If you are trying to enter into the IT world, it is important to understand that regardless of which niche area you decide to specialize I, you are essentially a problem solver. The problems you solve varies from physical hardware issues like fixing a broken laptop screen to solving software issues like resolving '404 page error' on a website.
Let's first define what exactly in IT. IT is defined by dictionary.com as "the development, implementation, and maintenance of computer hardware and software systems to organize and communicate information electronically." Those developments, implementations, and maintenance are done to solve business or organizational problems on a broad scale.
As a beginner, I personally suggest you start by learning the physical layer and technologies that are used for Information Technology purposes such as a computer, a switch, peripherals, etc. One of the best certificates that guides beginners, in my opinion, is the CompTIA A+ (plus) certificate. The CompTIA certificate helps to prove that you at least have knowledge on the IT fundamentals. It is a great basic IT competency check.
With the certificate alone, you may not be able to get senior IT roles. However, you will be able to get your foot into the door with the CompTIA A+ certificate. You can get roles like IT Support - with potential earnings from $36k - $60k annually. The A+ certificate is great for landing hands-on types of roles. You might even be able to land a REMOTE Helpdesk role. Won't that be great! It is very possible.
Once you get the certification, you want to work on your resume. One technique I recommend in revamping your resume are the following:
Look up the job titles you want to apply for,
Check out the job descriptions for those roles,
Pick a couple of the descriptions you have good knowledge on or have some sort of experience in,
Add those descriptions to your resume.
You can apply for IT jobs on sites like :
Just to name a few. There are plenty other sites you can apply for entry IT roles from.
Once you get your certificate and start gaining work experiences, you can further you IT career by specializing in specific areas of IT such as Networking, Security, Programming and etc.
I hope this helps you on your voyage to becoming an IT Professional. Feel free to email me if you have questions, comments, and/or concerns.