when did you realize you wanted a carer as a Computer & Information Systems Manager ?
when during your life did your love for computers spark and want to go out and further your carer in it?
I found my interest in computers back in 90s when I was in my 5th grade.
I saw a movie Independence Day featuring a computer engineer saving the world. That day I got smitten by computers and the will to become a hero 🙂
My observation is that few of us actually plan where we will end up. It is a long, twisting road that we call a career. Follow your interests and let them guide you. Here, roughly, is mine:
-attended college to major in music
- proved a bad choice, so joined military to get my life focused
- became (unintentionally) involved with some periphery computer reports
- went to a business school to become a programmer
- became chief programmer for a service bureau (eventually finished college degree)
- became a systems engineer for a computer manufacturer
- hired by customer to be senior analyst
- promoted to computer systems manager
- hired by another computer manufacturer to be director of training
- hired by major insurance company to be director of methodology
- hired by Medicare to be chief technology specialist
- hired by major university to be associate director of computing management
In each position, I had fulfillment and enjoyed what I was doing. Each position helped me see future opportunities. So, my advice is to aim above where you are, but not get fixated with any particular position, as you may well rise much higher or to a more satisfying position. All the best to you.
I received a degree called Management Information Systems that was part business and part computer science. Started as a programmer and worked my way up into managing programmers for a top Fortune 100 company.
If you like to solve problems, think logically, get excited when things "work" - computer science and technology is a great career path and the money can't be beat! Stay away from companies that promise a 40-hour week (it doesn't happen in IT) and those that are too small for you to move ahead.