Once upon a time, technically challenging jobs such as those with IT companies were limited to the gifted few who either lived and died by their computers, gizmos, and gadgets; or had high tech degrees. Today, things are changing in the IT field and one of the big changes is that people without a high tech pedigree are finding more and more jobs with these companies. Here’s why low tech people are beginning to make a big splash in fields that were once reserved for geek squad graduates.
1) The Internet is changing the way businesses, even IT companies, do business. The sheer truth is that many IT experts have no real skills when it comes to social media, social networking, or any other socialization skills that are so vital when dealing with the buying public on the World Wide Web. If you’re looking for a low-tech way into the IT field, social media may be your best bet. It’s an emerging field that, at this point, is largely self-taught and one that even IT companies won’t be able to survive much longer without. Unfortunately, the “social” part of the process has quite a few people in these businesses running for cover.
2) Pick the low-hanging fruit first. Don’t begin with grandiose plans to change the IT companies do business or starting at the top. Start where you are by learning the necessary technical skills in your own company. Gain the knowledge and practical experience. Then let it work to help you get your foot in the door with IT companies.
3) Seek out opportunities to develop high tech skills and training wherever possible. You don’t necessarily need a degree in order to work your way up through the ranks in an IT company but you are going to need to have some skills you can build upon. Take classes at a community college or even local trades schools to improve your basic skills and then find new ways, such as online education and/or distance learning in order to further expand your horizons.
4) Be ready to change the world. Sometimes, attitude really is three-quarters of the battle. Having the right attitude and some basic skills can help you get your foot in the door much faster than a pedigree and an attitude of complacency any day. Let the IT company you want to work for know that you’re out there and you’re ready to come help them take the world by storm. Convince them and you’ll have them eating out of your hands.
IT degrees are great for working with IT companies. Some companies even require them for high tech positions. That doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of opportunities for low tech individuals to get their feet in the doors.
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