How Do I Start A Career in IT?

Christy Long changes her career to IT

Carolina Career College graduate Christy Long successfully changed her career to IT after working at a roller rink.

“How do I start a career in IT?”  You’ve likely heard Information Technology is one of the fastest growing career fields in America and the world at large.  Navigating this potentially lucrative career change can be daunting and confusing.  Here are some tips to get underway.

1. Explore Tech Job Roles

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics posts updated career and salary information in their searchable Occupational Outlook Handbook database at  Here you can review the many job roles under the heading “Computer and Information Technology” and get an idea of where the growth is and what each entails.

2. Discover What Skills You Already Know

Do you use your computer for more than just typing, basic office work, and browsing the web?   Have you ever done some troubleshooting on your own? Do friends ask you to assist them with computer and networking issues? Although these things are by no means a prerequisite of an IT career, they can indicate a propensity for success in the field.

3. Develop a Career Action Plan

People that write down their SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-bound) are far more likely to achieve them.

4. Look Into Certifications

According to CompTIA, 96% of technology HR managers use IT certifications as screening or criteria during recruitment.   In today’s job market, hiring managers use certifications to:

  • Assess the skills and knowledge of a candidate.
  • Save time and resources to evaluate candidates.
  • Confirm knowledge gains.
  • Support professional development.
  • Match the need of professional training.

“The person with the certification is the one who is going to get hired.” – Robert Blanchard, director of support services, Aspen Skiing Co.

5. Stick to the plan

Life is a marathon, not a sprint.  If you’ve jumped from job to job in the past, resolve to make 2016 the year you design a concrete plan and stick with it.  Rome wasn’t built in a day!

Carolina Career College offers IT certification training and career placement assistance.  Career Development programs at Carolina Career College include interview training, resume and LinkedIn reviews, and exclusive on-campus career fairs.  Schedule a tour and Career Action Plan session by calling 919-336-1000 or fill out this form!


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