As a child you were likely asked what you wanted to be when you grew up, and you likely responded with something like a doctor, astronaut or star athlete. For me, my dream was to design roller coasters (for obvious reasons), but that changed over time. My childhood dream may not have come true, but had I wanted, I could have gotten started with a few IT certifications. What is your current dream job? Are you currently working to achieve your dream job?
Whether you’re in that dream job or not, IT certification is the way to access the industry you want. Sure, a networking certification alone will not land you a job as an astronaut, but it can be a stepping stone on your path to being a NASA engineer.
In a recent video posted on the CompTIA blog about women’s future in IT, CompTIA showcases the diversity of roles in IT careers. The video interviews women in different industries who share the distinction of being IT specialized in one way or another. The women discuss why they chose an IT career and how they became successful, and it comes down to them following their dreams, but perhaps in a different way than they initially planned.
Ask yourself, do you like working with people? Do you enjoy solving problems? Do you want to be the “go to person”? How about a rewarding or high paying career? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you need to think about a career in IT.
Every industry today relies on technology in one way or another. You don’t have to be proficient in highly technical things all the time. You can be creative or business driven and still find a place in IT.
“Don’t be afraid to try something different,” said Kellie Hackney, Manager of ANZ Commercial Sales at Tableau. “IT isn’t just for the computer nerds, there’s a lot of really cool people doing a lot of really amazing things with technology, keep your eyes open.”
And hang onto your dreams.
About the Author — Jake Slater is the social media manager for GoCertify and a graduate of Brigham Young University. Jake's roller coaster design business is now accepting seed capital on Kickstarter