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View this presentation to learn how to get a job in information technology (IT) from King University Online, offering a Bachelor of Information Technology online!

View this presentation to learn how to get a job in information technology (IT) from King University Online, offering a Bachelor of Information Technology online!

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  • 1. How to Get a Job in Information Technology (IT) Presented by King University Online
  • 2. This presentation will review: • What is an IT professional? • Potential IT careers • Education and training required • What to do after graduation What We’ll Cover
  • 3. What is an IT Professional?
  • 4. Definition: • The U.S. Department of Commerce has identified the information technology professional as someone who – Designs – Manufactures – Operates, – Maintains or – Repairs information technology products What is an IT Professional?
  • 5. Potential IT Careers
  • 6. • Computer and information systems manager • Computer programmer • Computer and information scientist • Computer systems analyst • Computer hardware engineer • Computer software engineer • Computer support specialist • Database administrator • Network and computer system administrator • Network systems and data communications analyst Potential IT Careers
  • 7. Education and Training
  • 8. Associate Degree Bachelor’s Degree Graduate Degree Certification Nearly 70% of IT professionals have a bachelor’s degree or higher. Source: bls.gov Education and Training Requirements
  • 9. Associate Degree
  • 10. • Professionals looking to start or continue their education often begin with an associate degree. • Many community colleges and technical schools offer an associate degree in information technology Associate Degree
  • 11. Bachelor’s Degree
  • 12. • The bachelor’s degree takes a well-rounded approach to information technology education. • Professionals gain a comprehensive understanding of IT principles as well as management concepts to help them advance in their career. Bachelor’s Degree
  • 13. Graduate Degree
  • 14. • A graduate degree can position an IT professional for management-level careers after graduation. • If your sights are set on a managerial position, you may consider earning an MBA to gain broader leadership and operational skills. Graduate Degree
  • 15. Certification
  • 16. • Earning a technical certification alerts employers that you have specific training and experience in a certain IT field and have demonstrated a satisfactory level of competency in that field. • The following resources can provide information for tech-specific training as well as certification courses and programs. – Institute for Certification of Computer Professionals – Computing Technology Industry Association – Microsoft Corporation – Oracle Corporation – Cisco Systems Certification
  • 17. After Graduation
  • 18. • Build a solid resume • Connect with Movers and Shakers • Nail the Interview After Graduation Checklist
  • 19. Build a Solid Resume
  • 20. • Showcase your talents and academic skills in your resume, including: – Previous on-the-job experience – Notable course projects, and – Include reputable references Build a Solid Resume
  • 21. Connect with Movers & Shakers
  • 22. • Make early moves in your career by connecting with industry movers and shakers. – Look up trade organizations or business associations in your area and make a point to attend the monthly meetings. – Use your professors as a resource to connect with professionals in the field • Trade Organization Examples – Association for Computing Machinery – IEEE Computer Society Connect with Movers & Shakers
  • 23. Nail the Interview
  • 24. • Your interview should read like your resume. – Give specific on-the-job successes – Highlight how your academic knowledge helped to enhance workplace dynamics and technical systems for improved efficiency, productivity and profits. • Don’t forget to do your research and learn about the company prior to your interview. – Tailor your responses in a way that lets the interviewer know you understand the needs of their industry and their company Nail the Interview
  • 25. • King University offers a fully online Bachelor of Information Technology degree for professionals seeking entry into one of these dynamic tech fields through continued education. • 124-credit hour program • Complete in 16 months • Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Learn more about King’s online information technology degree About King University