I've done so many things in my career. I don't have the typical background like most on this site answering questions. I do not have a college degree, although in today's society I feel it's very important. I'm in the networking and engineering field and have worked for company's such as Google, Juniper and Box, as a Technical Program Manager, building their data centers around the world and managing engineering teams.
After high school I as accepted into a state college, however I did not have the financial and emotional support needed to go to school. I felt lost and didn't know what I was going to do or what I wanted to do. I knew I wanted more for myself but wasn't sure how to get there. I knew someone who was an engineer at Cisco (although I had no clue what the company was). He told me to think about going into networking and engineering. I honestly didn't think I was smart enough to do so. One day, I walked into a bookstore and came across a networking certification book. I read the book for about 5mins and felt a connection with the concepts and felt maybe this was something I could learn. I purchased the book, studied, read and took the industry test. I passed and that day become an Associate Networking Engineering. I started looking for jobs as an entry level network engineer to gain experience . I continued my self-study paths eventually became a certified professional Network Engineer.
I've now been in the networking/engineering field for 25+ years. I recently joined Airbnb as a Technical Program Manager focusing on Infrastructure engineerings programs.
My recommandation to you are the following:
- Make connections and find a mentor that can help you determine the fields you are interested in.
- Create a profile and resume on LinkedIn and start connection and talking with people in those fields.
- If college is in you path, major in fields related to what you are interested in doing for work.
- Gain work experience as an intern.