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What preparations did you have to take for this career?

NPower student in Harlem NY, interested in the IT field and curious about certain career paths I can take. #career-path

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Linda’s Answer

Hi Joulee. Working in the IT field, you have many different paths you can take. Do you want to lead/manage people or do you want to be hands-on? Is there any specific area where you would like to focus? software development, software testing, security, hardware, writing requirements, training, etc.

My career started many years ago with data entry in a small company. I worked closely with the IT consultant who taught me so much. Since I was very knowledgeable about the software, my career evolved from there into software support and training. Then I branched into analysis and writing requirements. Then I moved into software testing. For the past couple of years, I have managed a team of off-shore software testers.

As on-going preparation, I took external training classes in areas of interest to me. I finally started college in my 40s and attained a B.S. in Management if IT. My career could have blossomed earlier if I had gone to college when I was younger. Several times I was passed over because I did not have a degree.

There seems to be overlap in the different courses needed for an IT degree. If you start college, try to take courses that are more universal so you get different exposures to the many areas. That may help you narrow down your career path choice. Best wishes in your future!

Linda recommends the following next steps:

I would suggest that you find someone who is in the IT field and try to have her/him mentor you.
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Jyoti’s Answer

Hi Joulee,

I did my degree in Computer Science, did my Masters in the same. But that is not what is important, you have to interested and consistent. Colleges will teach you about new technologies and how to socialize and that is an important part. After College, I used to read books on Cyber Security and used to create my own projects. I'd talk to a lot of people who were in cyber security, you will get to learn a lot by that, join courses, by doing all this you won't even know that you've become capable enough to sit in an interview and crack it. I made myself well-versed for this career. Books, Videos, people, thats all you got, thats all you get. Make your way through it.

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