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The Art of Choosing the Right Tech Career: My Advice to Career Changers and Entry-level Aspirers

Updated: Sep 23, 2023

A few months ago, I started a series of blog posts titled "How to choose the right IT career for you." In those blog posts, I discussed some known but unknown tech careers, from Infrastructure Analyst to DevOps Engineer. But one post I didn't make is the one I'm making now. Technology and the digital landscape we knew yesterday are steadily changing the world we live in now and the world we have yet to see. The significance of choosing the best IT career for you cannot be overstated. It's essential for those aspiring to work in tech to understand it's changing; therefore, choosing a career that propels them forward is crucial. Regardless of your interest, whether it's in software development, cybersecurity, data analysis, or cloud computing, the realm of IT offers many pathways for individuals seeking a fulfilling and promising profession, including a handsome salary (it might depend, though). With so many options at your fingertips, you must thoroughly research and carefully consider which path to go down. Nothing is guaranteed, and many people divert their career paths, but if starting, you want to have a clear direction.

How is an IT career right for me?

Well, that depends on many factors; one of the most important questions to ask yourself is, "Why do I want to work in tech?" After determining your why, begin exploring your how, as in "How do I get myself into tech?" Your how should initially align with your interests, skills, and goals. Once you've identified your holy grail, begin exploring your where? Where can I start that will help me align my interest, skills, and goals. Your where could be a specific industry, location, or starting point, whether that's helpdesk or customer service-related roles.

How do I choose the best tech career for me?

Approach your decision-making systemically, as this change will affect your overall well-being as you will invest a lot of time, resources, and money. You need to know your strengths, weaknesses, preferences, and long-term goal. Search the different IT domains and reach out to those that work in the field from entry to senior level roles, so you can get a vast knowledge of advice.

Do I need a lot of experience?

The required knowledge depends on the specific IT career you aim for. While some roles necessitate a more extensive background, many entry-level positions are designed for individuals with limited experience. Internships, freelance projects, and personal projects can help you build a portfolio to show employers the steps you've taken to grow, and obtaining relevant certifications can showcase your dedication. Now don't just get all the certs available; however, focus on bringing one that's most important that will at least get your foot in the door, then you can build from there.

Do I have to start in the Helpdesk?

Contrary to the common misconception, you do not have to begin in the Helpdesk; however, you must have the foundational knowledge, but it's not the only entry route you "have" to take. While it can provide valuable foundational expertise and customer service skills, the latter is vital in all IT roles. The key is gaining the necessary experience to obtain and succeed in your role. Some people get degrees, some get certifications, and some are self-taught. It just all depends on the measures you take.

Your IT career should be a natural fit; if not, you will become discontent after some time. Trust me, I know, but having a penchant for continuous learning and adaptability is essential in this field, as technology is ever-evolving, so ensure you do some great research, look up all the careers in tech, and connect with those in those roles so you can formulate the best decision for you.

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