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Changing fields to IT

By gt0060 ·
Hi everyone,

Just wanted to shoot a post about my current situation and a little bit about me. Just looking for some guidance. Thats all.

I'm currently 25. I hold a Bachelors in Health Science and have been working in the healthcare industry for close to 3 yrs. I work as a wellness coordinater doing mostly personal training sales, some health promoting and managing of group ex fitness staff.

I currently do not have any certifications or experience directly related in the IT field. I have basic operating system/troubleshooting knowledge and have learned how to custom build my pc. I have always enjoyed working on the computer for lots of hours related to gaming, upgrading hardware, and optimizing my operating system. I'm not sure which route I exactly want to go with IT, but I have been looking into the A+ cert and feel most comfortable to start with that.

I enjoy working independantly, would describe as being introverted (although my career is more the opposite) and can spend alot of hours working on the computer.

If I want to go into the IT field, what would be the best plan to do so. Should I get another Bachelors or try to find another job to get experience now?

I found Western Governors Univ. has a Bachelors program where I could finish it in 2 years and possibly sooner. Through this process you get 8 certifications (A+, S+, N+, CCNA etc...) I would have to take out 36,000 in loans to do it though because I'd have to leave my job and study to finish it in that time and possibly sooner.

Or would it be worth while to slowly try to get in the door with someone (but its hard with no experience...) and work with say just the A+ to begin with? Without the price of the loan debt...

What do you think for gettin me started>

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Get in the door.

by robo_dev In reply to Changing fields to IT

You have some valuable experience, you should seek a position where you use what you have, just re-adjust it to include more IT stuff.

In your case I would imagine that at a large healthcare, pharma, or hospital, there is a need for people who have your type of experience, yet have some IT skills, or are willing to develop them along the way.

To start from scratch in the IT field would be costly, both in time/money, as well as in terms of your career path.

I don't mean to sound cynical about the state of IT in the IS, but while there will always be a need for certain experts, there is a huge amount of outsourcing going on, and that trend will only continue.

So, I could be wrong, but I believe that the days of fresh IT graduates easily walking into a $40K+ a year job are over. Are there jobs? Yes. But not nearly as many, and not all over the country.

This may be an eye-opener, but do a job search for an IT job assuming that you have the certifications you plan to get. This is not meant to be a depressing and discouraging exercise, but rather a way to set your expectations at a realistic level when looking at IT as a career.

The best advice, I believe, would be to figure out the best company, hospital, HMO, (or whatever) to work for, then look closely at what types of jobs they have.

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