Ok. This week I haven’t posted very much on why a IT career is worth thinking about for someone who is just starting out.
Here’s a few ideas in no particular order:
1 Why not IT? Its been a good career for many of us, and there’s no slowdown in the need for good people who can roll with the punches.
2 IT people are needed. Just like doctors and dentists, IT is a necessary evil in today’s world. So, some people HAVE to go into IT whether they like it or not.
3 IT is a roller coaster ride. Just look at the number of companies that have come and gone in this business. Remember DEC? Tandem? and many more. Perhaps this is a negative for some people, but is a big incentive for others.
4 IT can be a starting point, for various reasons. Nobody’s career was hurt by spending some time in IT and knowing something about computers. We all have them and use them these days, so why not learn something about how they work and how they are cared for?
5 IT is not one thing, so it can be many careers. We’ve discussed this before - you can work in IT without being a technical expert. There are many IT careers that don’t require you to cut code or change tapes. IT managers are increasingly placing emphasis on service management - leading to many careers in IT customer service.
6 IT has many kindred spirits. You may just find lots of people you like to work with in the IT area. That can’t be all bad. After all, much of anyone’s job satisfaction comes from working in a team.
Do you have any other points to add to this list? Is it a convincing argument for an IT career?