(Closed) IT/Computer Career Bees, tell me more..

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

From my experience, you don’t need an IT degree to work in IT.

I have a Bachelor of Business (Honours degree). I’m currently an IT Sales consultant at a top 3 IT company that does infrastructure, managed services and application. 

I will be moving into a new role as a pre-sales solutions architect for Managed services.It’s a technical role (and I have no technical training or experience whatsoever) but the general manager sees potential in me and is willing to train me up.

My advice, try and get a job in an IT company and work from there. I know of a lot of people in my company who started in admin and have worked their way up.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I don’t personally work in IT, but my husband does.  His dad is a programmer, so Darling Husband has been around computers his whole life and didn’t need to go to school for IT.  He’s currently the web manager for a university and works a couple of side jobs as well.  Lately he’s been mentioning to me that he feels IT is a pretty thankless position, and wants our future children to know their way around a computer but does not want to encourage them to follow in his footsteps.

I think he really wanted to be a chef.

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@MissEMich:  I’m a Business Analyst.  My job is to figure out how to make the company run more efficiently (efficiency and technology kind of go hand in hand.)  Basically, I listen to customer complaints, map the current process and where the root cause of the problems lie, propose a solution, work with programmers to implement this solution, and then confirm that the solution has solved the problems and no other serious issues have resulted from it.  In other words, I work with the IT project management team to roll out continuous improvement projects and manage change within the organization.

I have a degree in IT, but many business analysts do not.  The trick is you have to be able to communicate with both very technical programmers and also customers who struggle with computers.  I tell IT to give me a program and just let me play with it to figure out how it works and what it can do.  This is the type of mindset you need to work in IT.  Everything is a puzzle and you want to figure it out yourself.

Rather than going back to school which is seriously expensive, I would suggest looking into certification programs or starting with community college courses to determine what area of IT you are interested in.  Here is some information I wish I knew going into college “Computer Engineering” = designing and improving computer technologies, “Computer Science” = Computer programming, “IT” and “Management Information Systems”=various topics in IT.  Below are some different IT disciplines.  Hope this helps!

Helpdesk Technician, Desktop Support Specialist (good way to get your foot in the door, troubleshooting, computer setups, virus remediation)

Computer Programmer/Application Developer, Business Intelligence Analyst, SQL Analyst (writing code, working with databases, sometimes outsourced)

Infrastructure Team, Systems Administrator, Systems Analyst, Network Security (setting up data centers, server rooms, virtual machines, phone systems, disaster recovery, requires many years of experience)

Business Analyst, Project Manager, Program Manager (already discussed)

IT Sales, Account Managers (selling a particular IT product, acting as a customer service representative)

Web Designer (creating websites, often a freelance job or your own company)

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

My education:

BS in Computer Science, AS in Web Development, Minor in Business

My Job:

Web Developer (not the same as Web Designer). I do primarily C# programming and SQL scripts. I also do a little bit of VisualBasic.NET and Javascript. And occasionally some graphics work, but that’s rare. And of course I know/use HTML & CSS, that’s a given.

I work in a hospital with about 6,000 employees. We have a very small department that does what I do, so we do everything from start to finish; we act as the account manager, programmer, QA tester, support staff, server software maintenance/upgrades, etc.

I’m on the internal (intranet) team, there are 2 of us; we support about 100 apps between us. To put that in perspective, most web developers support 1-4 apps. We write/support everything from the online bulletin board which is kind of like a company-wide CraigtsList to applications that track patient data.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

One more thing, when you apply for jobs, make sure you use the exact terminology they use in the job description.

Job description: Photoshop, Visual Studio

You write: Adobe Creative Suite, C# & VB.NET

The HR people are non-technical, they will have no idea that Photoshop is part of Adobe CS, or that if you’re programming in C# and VB.NET you’re using Visual Studio.

My current job, HR didn’t pass along my resume for this very reason. My boss didn’t like any of the candidates, he finally asked HR for all the resumes they received for the position. He found my resume and called me up for an interview and hired me. But if he wouldn’t have done that, my resume would have never gotten past HR because I didn’t have the exact keywords from the job description.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m a development lead at a large IT consulting firm. My degree is in visual arts! 🙂 But I minored in Computer Science and had been building websites and teaching myself programming languages for years so I had clients and a portfolio to show to my first job. 

I would say that getting a technical job in IT is going to be difficult if you don’t have a degree or a strong portfolio. I hire for those positions, and the interviews are very technical. However, there are many jobs in IT that are not heavy on the technical ins and out of products or languages. We hire a lot of just smart kids out of college to be analysts and testers. That may be something you can do straight out of school as long as you have a strong resume and good grades. 

Post # 9
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7649 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

IT Specialist at a health center.

I have an Associate in Applied Science degree in Web Development and Design. I am quite a ways away from what I went to school for. It’s like asking a nurse to perform surgery, lol. You can do a LOT with an IT degree. Just make sure when you want to get a job that you describe what you learned becuase most business have no idea what in the heck you are talking about.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@MissEMich:  I know this is looking like an old post – but I wanted to add my IT Bee 2 cents worth 🙂

If you are looking for ways to break into the field there are thousands (literally) of certificates that you can get. I don’t recommend A+ because its not as worthwhile anymore – but you could focus on something specific like a software or an area. Softwares could be Microsoft (office suite tech), Visual Basic, SAP, etc… Areas could be Knowledge management, security, networking, hardware, infrastructure, developing.

My first degree was in Design. My second in IT (MIS to be exact). Oooh – both of our big universities have a online UI/UX master’s as well – look into those! (it’s my dream job lol) But there are other’s. Long story short: you don’t have grow up assembling harddrives from the age of 13 to get into IT. IT is changing to the management of the softwares rather then the sofwares themselves (or hardwares). I was once told that the best use you can be to this department is to make your job unneccesary – I was in support at the time and I created a comprehensive training program for the users. Support need went down and instead of laying me off they moved me to another department.

Hope you find what you are looking for.

 

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