As an IT Recruiter, I've spoken with high school graduates who have this same question. I've listed 5 main ways to dive into the Information Technology industry.
- First, look into colleges that offer programs in Computer Science, Management Information Systems, Computer Engineering, Computer Programming, etc. From there, you'll take various classes that touch all aspects of the field, like coding/programming, databases, process mapping, network application development, systems analysis and design, etc. You'll learn whether you enjoy certain coding languages more than others. You might like database development. By majoring in one of these, you'll be able to better figure out how you want to make your love of computers into a career.
- There are many online coding bootcamps available to anyone these days. Coding bootcamps are intensive programs to learn skills like software development , machine learning, data science, product management, etc. The length of courses typically ranges anywhere from 3 months to a year. There is tuition involved, and some are selective and require certain skills to get into. **Many companies like to see some college experience because some bootcamps skip the basic fundamental skills of coding.
- Look on LinkedIn for people in the IT field and see if you can set up a phone call or Skype with them. Pick their brain. Ask them about the good and the bad of their role in the company. See how they got their and what their experience has been.
- If you can network and find people in the IT field, ask if you can shadow them at their job for a day. See the ins and outs of their role to better understand what part of the industry you might like to do someday!
- If you want to be a programmer, work on personal projects. Take courses online and store your projects on Github. Build your skills here, and you'll be able to show off your code to future employers! There are also other courses for different kinds of roles in IT. Search online and see what you like.
Buckley recommends the following next steps:
Start by narrowing down your selection - "career with computers" is a rather broad term (ranging from simple IT services to complex quantum computing), thus figuring out what interest you most would be the first step.
What would help to narrow the choice down is attending local events - Meetup is a great site to find local groups and see their schedules. Attending a few to both meet people engaged in the area and also seeing presentations about those fields will give you more insight.
Once you have a rough idea on the speciality you'd like to tackle take a look at what the colleges are offering - having a degree on the more specific field is always useful and, especially with larger companies, the recruiters will focus on this.
A smaller company/startup would focus more on what you've done on yourself, thus the previously recommended Github projects are a way to go (if that aligns with your selected area), also blogging and presenting your projects on events (Meetup, for example) will build this portfolio.
My biggest recommendation is to find something you like and pursue that angle and not to try to have a generic understanding of the entire industry. A specialist (in a more specific field) is more likely to find a stable and solid career.
It really depends on what you want to do. The IT field is wide and you can do everything from repair work, to designing, engineering, programming, security, networking, systems administrator, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and so on. If you already have an idea, it's easier to figure out what kind of foundation you need to build up. If not, try to find people in various fields and ask what they do and how they got there. There are You Tube videos, free Google training resources, other free online resources offered up by multiple Universities, libraries, and so on that you can take advantage of. When you're first starting out, whatever education resources you can tap is your best bet on getting started.
Should have a degree in computers. Interest in programming and coding is important
- Focus on getting into computer engineering or mathematics either under graduate or post graduate depending on your current grade
- learn programming languages with deep understanding
Well, Computers or IT is going to run the future. So a career with computers is really bright. But, its a very big field. There are so many branches and they all work/operate in a totally different way. First decide, what are your interests. Are you good in programming? Do you like to learn how computers communicate? Or do you want to play with Databases? or you want to get into Robotics and Machine programming? All depends on what you really like to do in Computers.
+You need to narrow down to what you really want to do , its really important especially at this point .
+If you narrow it down now , it will be easier for you to take it forward .
+Once you narrow it down , you can decide what you should stay focused on .
+For example :Development , Networking ,Database Development .
Bonnie recommends the following next steps:
There's a lot of great answers to this question from others already, but I figured I'd really hammer home one point—frankly, this was what got me into computer programming to begin with: there's very little barrier to entry!
If you want to change how your computer works, there's really not much stopping you. You don't need any specialized tools, expensive equipment, etc. If you've got a computer, that's all you need. Everything on top of that is just knowledge, a lot of which you can find for free nowadays.
Think about something that you wish your computer could do, or maybe something you wish could work differently. And then look around on the internet for how you could go about doing it. If you've never written a line of code before, chances are you'll find a lot of things seem impossibly complicated. Don't despair, narrow your scope a little bit. E.g. maybe you think it would be cool to make an app on your phone—don't worry too much about what the app does, just find a few tutorials, start clicking, and see if you can get a new app to pop up (even if it's just a blank screen!). After that you can build from there, one little step at a time.
I think a lot of what makes you successful in any career is passion. Find something you really enjoy doing. Be determined. And don't be afraid to try things in your spare time. Even after going to college for a computer science degree, many potential employers will be just as interested in you've done on your own time as what you've done as part of class projects, etc.