You should start with getting to know about the different fields, interests and roles that come under the vague banner of IT!
There is the most popular coding, Networking, Database and now very hot Data science related roles and much much more. Just find out what are the most comfortable or challenging fields you feel like working in for the rest of your life! and do make sure that this should not be about the money but should be about passion and interest, you will get money everywhere!
The best way I would suggest to start your IT career path is to try different things and see through them. Find out what role or field makes you happy and then there are plenty of prebuilt paths for the role on internet. Do make sure to talk to people who are already related to that field to gain better perspectives!
I would suggest the approach below :
1. Find out the entry criteria of Computer Science in the universities in your country/region
2. After entering the university, the course would offer the understanding of computer theories and exposure on different IT areas
3. Find out what areas you are interested. Try to find someone (e.g. Alumni, Professors, etc.) who works in the area
4. Explore any intern opportunities in that area. That can give you better understanding on that aspect. Sometimes, some corporates may offer permanent offer upon graduation
5. You can look for the relevant opening after graduation.
Hope this helps! Good Luck!
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Hope this helps.
My suggestion is that you start thinking about what do you like most about IT. IT is a huge world you can find a lot of options/markets to work with, by example, you have enterprise related field, entertainment field, security field, etc.
Once you have identified which part of IT world do you like the most, it's time to explore the options around that, by example if you dream with working in the videogames industry, make some research about where you can get the required tools to be successful in that field, make some questions like:
- What are my strengths
- Can I get the knowledge in my country
- Where can I work (which companies)
- Am I thinking on working for a big company or am I thinking on an entrepreneurship.
Explore various field and make some research about IT trends, the world is evolving really fast and new trends and needs are there every day.
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Check in the universities of your country, the career options that are available to work in IT, at least in my country is not limited to make a computer engineering, you can study for example mathematics, physics, industrial engineer...... and once started the career specialize in technology.
In my case I started mathematics and in the third year I chose computer science as my major and I have spent my entire career in IT in different positions, traineee with generalist training in operating systems, systems management, programming, databases, ..... in engineering with product localization , managing medium and large systems, projects, consulting, support, sales....
Keep in mind that once you finish your degree and apply for a position, they will also give you complementary training to what you have done in college/university.
Maybe it l helps you as a next step:
1. Consult in your country the studies that can allow you to specialize in IT. Computer science, engineering, mathematics, physics ....
2. Take a look at job postings and see what degree is required.
3. Discuss it with professors who have knowledge or interest in IT and can put you in contact with other students who have followed this path or can give you contacts in a university.
4. Be restless, do free webinars (e.g. coursera), read and study trying to identify what you like the most in case you are not clear about it, as you may discover areas that you did not know about with IT applications, biotechnology, etc.
Just by asking, it is clear that you have concerns. Cheer up and go for it, I hope it goes well, good luck ;)
overall IT is a big area and the possibilities are so manifold that you should be open to anything.
Just to tell you my story, I studied electrical engineering and wanted to become a software developer after my graduation. However, I ended up in becoming a 1 level support engineer for my first job and it was the best that could happen to me as I discovered my passion to work with people.
If you want to start a career in IT, play around with everything that you can get into your fingers. Do not only listen to videos on YouTube etc. but get your hands on the systems or the software. Keep yourself up to date.
In parallel, if possible, a graduation is of course very helpful but from my experience, also in that area listen to your heard and check what inspires you. At the end of the day, you don't need to have a graduate in computer science. I hired people that graduated in mathematics, physics or even psychology. BTW graduation overall is not a requirement. If you love IT I am sure you will find a job.
I wish you good luck.
I think you got great input already!
Do you have a passion for IT in terms you want to use or talk about it every day and feeling joy doing so? What exactly is it what excites you about it? The devices, apps or the service itself which is made possible by IT? If you have the answers for this you get an idea where to start. E.g. if it is for devices/hardware then you might research how it is done that you see the letter "A" on your screen after you pushed the button on your keyboard. Sound easy but there a lot of steps to make this work. Same for an app. First there is "problem" to be solved and it needs to be taken apart into steps which need to be translated into computer language. Follow your passion and be curios how things are working in the background. With this knowledge you will be in high demand in todays job market! Good luck!
I just made the jump into the IT field as a Technical Support engineer with a SaaS company from a previous career as an acupuncturist. I knew nothing about the career field, and found that joining meet-up (now mostly virtual) groups of people in the field was a great place to find people who are willing to lend their experience. Next, I asked about and scheduled some informational interviews and got some great guidance into certifications that would improve my job search chances. There is a LOT of great resources out there (Udemy, aCloudGuru etc) that don't cost that much per year or have sales frequently for courses!
Best of luck on your job search!
If you are a computer science student, you can start exploring internship programs with software companies.
If you are not a computer science student, you can start doing courses and get certified. You can leverage online platforms like Coursera and Udemy. It is very important to have good fundamentals.
Like many responders to your question, IT is indeed a very broad term.
What about IT interests you? Do you like to take apart computers and see how they work? Do you like to write programming code and create your own software? Are you interested with cybersecurity and solving complex problems? Are you fascinated by numbers and therefore analytics would be of interest to you?
Sit down with someone you know and discuss what interests you about IT. See if your school has a career councillor where you can get some advice on courses you could take that would help you identify your interests further.
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