Since an IT career is always evolving and requires continuous studying to keep up with the advancements in technology, sometimes it’s difficult to change paths or to know how to transition into new areas. Three of the most common questions asked by IT professionals are how they can advance their career without a degree, how they can get into security and how they can gain employment at a large company or obtain a higher position. This article provides some advice on how to build a successful IT career.
No Degree, No Advancement
There are many employed IT professionals that don’t have a degree when they enter the field. Apply for help desk, systems admin or systems security. The help desk is often considered entry level, but it gives you a start with no degree. This profession is constantly evolving so to keep up with technological advancements, continued studies, certifications and classes are paramount. There’s no way around it in this field, however you can learn much on the job as well. Here are some resources for IT training:
How Do I Transition Into Security?
The best advice is to choose a specialty and begin studying it. Many employers take on “junior” IT professionals and train them. Specialty areas include governance, legislation, design, penetration, consulting and network security. In addition to looking for a “junior” position, apply for systems administrator or network security positions.
A systems administrator would be responsible for the company’s network and its efficiency. You’d make sure the system components, hardware, software and networks all fit together and work properly. Most companies, right now, believe that a converged network is safer. You’d be at a great advantage going into this area and learning all aspects dealing with converged network securities.
With a network security role, you plan and implement data security. While both of these positions do require additional training, as an employee, you very well may be able to obtain additional training and have your employer absorb some of the costs. In time, this could line you up for the position of Chief Security Officer.
How Can IT Professionals Move Up?
There’s three routes you can pursue to expand your position. Management, technical consulting or web hosting. Whichever matches your experience best is the route you should take. Add to your skills by becoming a Microsoft certified systems engineer, learn methodologies such as Prince2 and ITIL to further show your capabilities of running a department.
You could also remain in your position now but implement an ITIL help desk or update to the latest platforms and offer to train fellow employees. This shows your boss you’re more than capable of handling a higher position. From there, you gain experience and set yourself up to easily apply at larger companies in the near future.
How Can I Stay Informed?
A great source for more information is Computer Weekly. They have a myriad of advice for IT professionals. The number one thing to realize is that anyone who pursues a career in this field absolutely has to stay up-to-date on the latest technological advancements, which means continuous learning. To help keep you informed, be sure to sign up [insert your link here] for our newsletter. Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions you have.
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