How to Start an IT Career

Information technology offers career opportunities for every industry, personality type, and experience level

Is IT for me and how do I get started?

Many think of IT as a field for programmers or tech support representatives. You’ll be thrilled to know that’s just the tip of the iceberg! There’s a role for everyone in IT.

  • Can’t stand sitting in front of a computer all day? Love being with people? You might be great working face-to-face with clients as an account manager or sales representative.
  • Enjoy working on detailed projects – just not in programming? Consider a role as a project manager or business analyst.
  • Math isn’t your thing, but art is? You may be successful as a designer or a UX (user experience) specialist.

Intrigued? So, how does one get into the IT field?

Getting started

While it’s best to start learning about technology early, you can pursue an IT career at any age. Your past education and experience can be extremely valuable in your new role. There are many learning opportunities you can take advantage of – from groups, online courses, internships, and self-education.

To get started, discover the opportunities and resources available in your area and online. You’ll find a helpful list of ideas below.

  • Make a list of the type of IT work you believe you’d be interested in. For ideas, download our IT Career Guide below.
  • Visit Code.org and learn the basics of coding.
  • Put together a RARC robotics team.
  • Subscribe to our blog to get valuable IT career tips directly in your inbox.
  • Attend a local IT networking group in your area, like Tech After Five. You’ll network with others in the field – employers, students, and other job seekers.
  • Contact an educational provider to enhance your skills. You’ll find a list of options here.
  • Reach out to an IT recruiting firm and/or job board to discover additional job opportunities. Start with these recruiters.
  • Visit valuable resources offered by the state of South Carolina and its workforce development partners.
  • If you graduated from a college or university, contact the Career Services office for resources and hiring organizations specific to your school.

Once you’ve developed some basic skills and have an area of IT you’d like to pursue, you can start to pursue educational opportunities like certifications and formal degrees.

Be sure to check out all of the exciting programs IT-oLogy offers.

Activities by Age

Consider taking advantage of some of these, based on your stage of life:

Grades 3-8

  • Code.org
  • Competitions
  • Logic puzzles
  • Setting up home networks
  • Game design
  • Fixing computers
  • Hackathons
  • Technology camps

Grades 9-12

  • Courses and exercises (online or in-class)
    • Information support & services
    • Programming & software development
    • Web & digital communications
    • Networking systems
  • Certification test preparation
  • Presentations
  • Public speaking
  • Seminars

College (majors/minors)

  • Computer science
  • Computer engineering
  • Computer information systems
  • Integrated information technology
  • Information science
  • Management information systems
  • Mathematics – applied math
  • Applied statistics
  • Applied science
  • Systems engineering

Career (professional certifications – dependent on your chosen area of IT)

  • Microsoft
  • Oracle
  • CompTIA
  • Project management
  • CBAP
  • Six Sigma
  • CEH
  • CISSP
  • CISM
  • ITIL
  • VMware
  • and many others

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