I want to help with IT career advice

There’s a lot of new people trying to start their journey who could use entry-level IT career advice. I have been active on social media trying to offer advice and reading advice from other professionals. This page will be the hub of my professional IT advice for people to start out in the industry. If you have a question, contact me on Twitter, Reddit, Facebook, Discord or email and I can answer your questions about career advice.

How to get started

Should you go for an Information Technology degree or not? If you do try and get a degree, what constitutes a good degree program? If you are new to Information Technology, there are non-technical skills that you can work on to get ready for an entry-level job. When you are ready to start working, there are things to consider about your first job in the field. Having a road map of certifications is very helpful as well.  Self-training is an option that many choose, check here for some basic technical information to help you get started.

How to get the job

When interviewing, hiring manager’s don’t always want the most technically capable individuals. It is important to remember that different managers have different styles. These three interviewing tips will help you be prepared. When viewing job requirements, don’t take them literally. There can be a disconnect between hiring managers and the HR department. Getting into InfoSec is harder but it doesn’t have to be a mystery.  It is a journey that can take between 5-15 years depending on how aggressive you are.

Evaluating jobs

When trying to evaluate a job prior to applying or after an offer, knowing the average salaries can help. In this article, I show you how to use 3 popular sites to calculate an estimated value for a job prospect.  There are questions you should ask during an interview, like what the day to day work tempo is.

Starting a new job

Making a good first impression is vital to a healthy workplace environment. There are many certification vendors that you can use to gain credentials to impress hiring managers and grow your career.

Maintaining the job

It is important to always keep learning and growing, even if you have found your dream job.  You can do this by getting new, job-relevant certifications and skills.  If you are working help desk, you should probably have your CompTIA A+, and work towards a Security+.  If you are working as a systems administrator, you should be working on sysad certifications, like the MTA or Linux+ operating system certifications, and virtualization technology certifications like VMWare’s VCA.

How to combat trends

Ageism is something all older generation have to deal with: Ageism and how to fight it.  A lot of people believe that a degree is required to get in the door, but it is not.  The best piece of IT career advice I can give: it isn’t about the piece of paper, but what you’ve learned and how well you know it.  A university program is expensive but will teach you all the basics.  If you work very hard and study on your own you can learn the same material and start working sooner, but it will be harder to get the interview.

Future of this page

I want this page to have all the Information Technology career advice you need.  I will be posting once a week to the IT career advice, Certifications, or Interview sections. You can subscribe to my bi-weekly e-mail to know when new material is up.  I plan on this being a one-stop shop for newcomers seeking Information Technology career advice and appreciate any feedback to improve the site.