6 Things To Know About IT Work
Considering a job in the information technology sector? Or perhaps you’ve just finished your degree or training and rethinking your career choice. To help you out, we’ve covered some of the things that we are most commonly asked about breaking into the industry and what this would mean for your future IT career.
1. You don't need a computer science degree
A degree in computer science is a bonus, and may be especially useful for careers in database development and software engineering, however it isn’t always a requirement for landing the job. More important for a potential employer are the relevant skills and experience that you can bring to the role. Statistics show that 69% of all developers are at least partially self taught, with 13% being completely self-taught.
2. You will get the opportunity to be creative
IT positions don’t have a reputation for allowing for creative freedoms, however there are certain positions that require a creative mind. Roles such as technical producer, web developer, and web masters are all creative IT positions. In fact, many IT positions are about finding creative ways to solve problems and build things!
3. You don't have to be naturally gifted with computers
Yes, you will need to be very computer literate in the end, however you needn’t start that way, nor do you need to be naturally tech savvy to begin with. You can teach yourself over time and always continue improving your skills. Just remember that you may need to put in a little more effort in the beginning compared to someone who is more naturally gifted with computers.
5. You don't need to be good at math or science
There is a common misconception that a good coder is a good mathematician and/or competent at science, but this simply isn’t true. That said, the logic and problem solving ability that comes with being good at math and science, is important for being a good coder. Moreover, there are plenty of tech jobs that don’t require frequent coding and you can skip the logic and problem solving altogether! Well, almost.
5. You won't have to spend all day coding
Knowing how to program doesn’t necessarily mean you need to spend all day working in a text editor, writing code. IT jobs are much more than just coding and you’ll have plenty of other responsibilities and some IT jobs don’t require you to code at all! You could pursue design, data analysis, systems set up and processing, project management, technical writing etc. The possibilities are endless!
6. You will likely get the opportunity to work from home
When you have in-demand technical skills, you often have more leverage in terms of structuring your work environment and employers tend be more accommodating. Most tech work only requires a laptop and steady internet connection too, which means that you don’t need to be at a designated physical location in order to effectively do your job. According to FlexJobs, tech is one of the top three industries for remote workers, so the possibility of you striking your perfect work-life balance is very high!
If you’d like to find out more about getting started in IT or you’re looking for a new position, feel free to give us a call on 1300 336 686 or email us at email@example.com.