What is it like to be a IT manager?
my brother is a it manager for johns Hopkins in Baltimore city and he has told me its a good job to get in, so I'm planning to do that but to be honest I have no idea where to start (as I was told I should start learning early so I have more experience) I don't even know the basics. have any suggestions on where to start? #career #ITManagement
IT is a field that spans so many different industries and technical skills, that its hard to give you a specific answer. My suggestion would be to start with reading up on different types of technology and get more involved in the ones that appeal the most to you.
Here are some examples of IT subjects to consider: machine learning, data science, computer repair, cloud services, data centers, networking, telephony, 3d modeling, dev ops, software engineering, quality assurance, mobile app development.
Once you've found a technical discipline that appeals to you, get really good on the subject. IT managers are experts in their discipline whom their technical reports can turn to for advice and guidance. Not only are they technically excellent, but they've also developed the soft skills to lead, inspire, build a team, and foster growth within their teams.
Being an IT manager is a very rewarding career that is constantly evolving, keeping you inspired to learn, develop new skills, and stay abreast of the latest IT developments.
You don't normally start your career as an IT manager, it is normally a career progression.
As a starting point, find out if you are interested in a role in IT, and enroll in subjects that interest you related to IT. Some of the roles within IT include Desktop support, Junior Programmer, Helpdesk or business systems analyst. A common university degree that would help with this path is Management Information Systems.
Then, if enjoy working with and managing people then take some management training as you work towards that role.
First and foremost, learn learn and learn thoroughly.
Be hands-on before moving onto Management.
If you like hands on, operations is a good place to go. If you like to sit alone and create, then you may make a good developer/programmer. If you are creative and like to work with other people and solve their problems then interaction design, or what is referred to as UI/UX or user experience may be your path.
Bottom line, try all of them, try to create programs, try to design a game or a tool, get to the point where you know what you like and dont like. Take a many computer classes as you can get your hands on and keep digging from there.