Is IT for me?

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Have you ever considered a career in Information Technology or IT? There is a lot of opportunity for great careers in IT. Check out this slide show and see some of the many options.

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Is IT for me?

  1. 1. Is IT for me? Tom Henricksen IT Career Coach, Author, Speaker
  2. 2. Introduction: Tom Henricksen ● 15 Years ● MyITCareerCoach.com to help people in IT
  3. 3. Agenda 1. Career Match 2. IT Career Choices 3. Career Transition Plan
  4. 4. Career Match Skill Inventory ● Review Career History ● Look for proficiency
  5. 5. Career Match Find your “Zone” ● StrengthsFinder 2.0 ● Perfect job? ● Revisit childhood favorites
  6. 6. Career Match “The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he's always doing both. ” -James A Michener
  7. 7. IT Career Choices 3 Myths of IT ● Only jobs are for Help Desk and Developers ● All IT jobs have been off-shored ● IT jobs require years of college
  8. 8. IT Career Choices Business Analyst ● Organizational link ● Find details ● Strong communicator
  9. 9. IT Career Choices Project Manager ● Plan projects ● Manage constraints
  10. 10. IT Career Choices Designer ● Web ● User Interface - UI ● User experience - UX
  11. 11. IT Career Choices Quality Assurance ● Test applications ● Isolate issues ● Analyze results
  12. 12. IT Career Choices Quality Engineer ● Setup testing ● Maintain scripts ● Review coverage
  13. 13. IT Career Choices Agile Development roles ● Scrum Master ● Product Owner ● Team
  14. 14. IT Career Choices Database Administrator - DBA ● Setup Database ● On-going tuning ● Implement security
  15. 15. IT Career Choices Information Security Analyst ● Protect organizations ● Threat analysis ● Monitor security
  16. 16. IT Career Choices Network Engineer/Administrator ● Establish network ● Monitor communication ● Troubleshoot issues ● Telephony
  17. 17. IT Career Choices Help Desk Technician ● Support computer systems ● Diagnose issues ● Implement solutions
  18. 18. IT Career Choices Development ● Web ● Mobile ● Integration ● Architecture
  19. 19. Career Transition Plan Explore your options for training and Education ● Training schools ● Training companies ● Online training ● University
  20. 20. Career Transition Plan Explore your options ● Certification ● Course completion ● Internships ● Volunteer work
  21. 21. Career Transition Plan Find Networking options ● User groups ● Clubs ● Conferences ● Online groups - LinkedIn ● Find a mentor/Coach
  22. 22. Career Transition Plan ● Periodically check your course ● Become a lifelong learner ● Enjoy your new career!
  23. 23. Conclusion ● Questions ● Connect with me! ○ LinkedIn ○ website: myITCareerCoach.com ■ Newsletter ○ Twitter: @tomhenricksen ○ Facebook, Google+ ● Let me help you out!

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