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What is a typical day at work as an IT?


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Sendil’s Answer

The typical day of a Software Engineer or IT Engineer is spent in doing the following activities:

Meeting the clients and gathering the requirements. These meetings generally take place at the start of the day.
This profession is all about coding. You will work on various programs and write the piece of code to get the desired results.
In a product based company you are more likely to work on coding part whereas in a service company you will be more inclined towards IT tools and will use those tools.
Testing and developing are two branches of software engineer. If you are in to testing, you work on testing the program designed by the developer. This doesn't require that much mastery in your coding skills. For being a developer, you have to be an absolutely good coder.
Software engineers have to work directly with clients sometimes, troubleshooting and removing errors in their systems. This involves quite a lot of travel too.

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John’s Answer

I'll answer this question from the perspective of being an IT Consultant... The idea is you work for a company that sends you to other companies or organizations to help them with their issues for a fee. The engagement could last a day or it could last several weeks. Often these roles involve travelling on Monday mornings and returning home on Friday evenings and might include multiple trips in a week. If you like tackling different problems with some frequency this can be an exciting career. If you prefer to do the same thing day to day it's not a good fit.

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Sendil’s Answer

The typical day of a Software Engineer or IT Engineer is spent in doing the following activities:

Meeting the clients and gathering the requirements. These meetings generally take place at the start of the day.
This profession is all about coding. You will work on various programs and write the piece of code to get the desired results.
In a product based company you are more likely to work on coding part whereas in a service company you will be more inclined towards IT tools and will use those tools.
Testing and developing are two branches of software engineer. If you are in to testing, you work on testing the program designed by the developer. This doesn't require that much mastery in your coding skills. For being a developer, you have to be an absolutely good coder.
Software engineers have to work directly with clients sometimes, troubleshooting and removing errors in their systems. This involves quite a lot of travel too.

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Prathima’s Answer

It depends because IT is a very broad area. If you are in corporate IT department, then there are many areas like architecture,security, helpdesk etc. amongst others. I can tel you about the help desk, since that is common to almost all companies.

At an IT helpdesk you are typically troubleshooting in addition to your routine tasks like ensuring a new hire has their equipment, collecting equipment back from existing hires, replacing laptops/phones etc.

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I would suggest narrowing in on which field of IT and then reaching out to a person in that field of IT. Or if you are still undecided, talk to people in these fields to find out what a day in their life looks like. Good luck!

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Steve’s Answer

In IT Supply Chain for example, I have a day filled with stakeholder and supplier meetings. Some stakeholders are ready to do a procurement engagement which may include an IT Project, so we will create and run a RFP (Request for Proposal) so that we can evaluate multiple suppliers offers at once. As will supplier meetings I am usually looking at their Capabilities Overview as well as recent Case Studies which reflect a problem and a solution.


IT is not for everyone, but it may be for you. Enjoy the journey!

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Steve’s Answer

In IT Supply Chain for example, I have a day filled with stakeholder and supplier meetings. Some stakeholders are ready to do a procurement engagement which may include an IT Project, so we will create and run a RFP (Request for Proposal) so that we can evaluate multiple suppliers offers at once. As will supplier meetings I am usually looking at their Capabilities Overview as well as recent Case Studies which reflect a problem and a solution.


IT is not for everyone, but it may be for you. Enjoy the journey!

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