How do I start an IT career in Cincinnati? If you are asking that question, you have already taken the first step toward a new career by showing interest in a growing field that’s always looking for new talent.
Just like any other field, people who are new to IT have to have the skills and certifications that qualify them to do the job. Employers want to know that you will be able to hit the ground running.
So where to begin?
Having a computer science degree is no longer a requirement, some employers value backgrounds in business or marketing. Someone who is able to see IT problems from both sides of the fence can sometimes come up with creative solutions to problems.
The next step is learning a coding language. Whether you are looking for a career in software design, networking or other technical fields, being familiar with a coding language like HTML, Java or others will make you a more attractive candidate. If possible, try your hand at more than one. If you don’t have a degree or want to learn more coding languages quickly, MAX Technical Training can set you up with a Coding Bootcamp so you will learn the latest languages to be on the cutting edge of the technology.
Next, you have to decide on a career path and tailor your coding education and job search to that area. Information/Network Security, Software Developer, Network Engineer, Network Administrator, Systems Analyst, and Tech Support are all different spokes in the IT wheel. Knowing where you want to go will help you get there faster.
You should look at job listings that you want and see if any technical certifications are required. Some of them can be accomplished fairly quickly with some money out of pocket. Think of the expense as an investment in your future. MAX Technical Training can help you figure out what you need and how to get there.
Now it’s time to hit the street and build your personal network. Stay in contact with people you met in college or in your Coding Bootcamp. Attend IT centered events like training seminars or events at local colleges or universities. Look into internships at local companies. The more people you meet and make a positive impression on, the bigger your personal network grows.
Finally, start applying for jobs. Don’t be afraid to apply for jobs that might seem a little out of reach. If you only have one year of experience and the job listing calls for two years, give it a shot. Don’t aim too high and apply for jobs you aren’t qualified for, of course, but if you get an interview for an entry-level job, do your best to sell yourself and your commitment to your new career.
MAX Technical Training is proud to help train the next generation of IT professionals. Give us a call at (513) 322-8888 and see what we can do for you.