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    Discovering what I should do in the IT world – Career-wise

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    by itbiz5 ·

    I know no one here can give me the one true answer as to what IT career would best be suited for me, but I would like to know if anyone out there has some advice on how I can better go about finding that out.

    Let me give you a quick run down…

    Education background: New Media/Web/Video/3D
    – Found out that this was not what I wanted to go into as a full-time career.

    College job: Help Desk in campus computer labs

    Current job: Technical support/Helpdesk
    – Good company, good people. Lots of flexibility outside the stereotypical Helpdesk role (server admin, networks, VoIP, etc.) Not crazy about what the business does. My current skill-set lends itself to the job.

    – I see myself to be more business minded rather than hardcore technical minded. So seeking an MBA down the road might be a possibility. (What exactly I would do with it I don’t know yet)
    – Don’t really picture myself as an indepth technical consultant or network admin.
    – Don’t like programming (Business Analyst is out of picture)
    – Thought about getting a Masters in Information Science (search engines, cataloging information, etc.), but I didn’t have a clear idea what I wanted to do with it, or if I would enjoy it.
    – Might be interested in starting my own business.

    Would taking the CompTIA A+, Network+, Security+ and Server+ give me a good idea of what I might like to do and should specialize in (or whether I should get out of the IT dept)?

    What else can I do beyond informational interviews, introspection about passions and tasks I enjoy doing, reading up on careers, keep getting job experience?

    I know I want to stay connected to IT in some way whether that’s in an IT dept. or IT business industry.

    Any advice (general or specific) would be appreciated.

    Thanks!

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    • #2460454

      *boggle*

      by jmgarvin ·

      In reply to Discovering what I should do in the IT world – Career-wise

      – I see myself to be more business minded rather than hardcore technical minded. So seeking an MBA down the road might be a possibility. (What exactly I would do with it I don’t know yet)

      The MBA typically is a manager and needs to have a skillset that matches, to some extent, the industry they are managing.

      – Don’t really picture myself as an indepth technical consultant or network admin.

      Why IT then?

      – Don’t like programming (Business Analyst is out of picture)

      Why IT then?

      – Thought about getting a Masters in Information Science (search engines, cataloging information, etc.), but I didn’t have a clear idea what I wanted to do with it, or if I would enjoy it.

      It’s lots of programming and in depth network and technical stuff.

      – Might be interested in starting my own business.

      First you need to figure out your business model and decide if you are going to partner with a company to sell their products.

      I just don’t understand why you are in IT. If you don’t like the technical stuff, you need to get out and move into a field that fits your skill set.

      • #2461245

        Technical but not too technical

        by itbiz5 ·

        In reply to *boggle*

        I do like the technical stuff and my skill-set is on par with where I’m at. I just don’t really see myself being a network admin or cisco engineer, and from what I’ve seen, that’s where I need to head to further climb the IT department ladder.

        I like IT, but I also like the business side especially in the IT industry.

      • #2462866

        Yeah, I would forget about the certs

        by netforce ·

        In reply to *boggle*

        A+, Network+ will pretty much cover all that your doing in the HelpDesk role and a lot more. Waste of time if your not thrilled about IT tech support though.

        JMGARVIN:

        BTW, jmgarvin your in my neck of the woods,
        Da Creek eh?

        I just moved there about 5 months ago from S.F. Just not used to how everyone drives so freakin slow.

        Other than that it is an amazingly clean, quiet and friendly town.

        • #2462865

          It’s the old farts that hold up the traffic…

          by jmgarvin ·

          In reply to Yeah, I would forget about the certs

          Ya, Walnut Creek it quite nice! A little off the beaten path, but close enough to BART into SF in less than an hour and plenty of stuff to do in and around!!

    • #2461243

      Technical, but not too technical

      by itbiz5 ·

      In reply to Discovering what I should do in the IT world – Career-wise

      I do like the technical stuff and my skill-set is on par with where I’m at. I just don’t really see myself being a network admin or cisco engineer, and from what I’ve seen, that’s where I need to head to further climb the IT department ladder.

      I like IT, but I also like the business side especially in the IT industry.

    • #2462876

      Technical…

      by notsochiguy ·

      In reply to Discovering what I should do in the IT world – Career-wise

      …sales or process consultant may be up your alley. It is a combination of technical (need to have your systems down pat) as well as business acumen (need to know how technology your company provides answers questions for clients and/or how it will integrate into their environment).

      Note, this is NOT the same as a technical consultant/integrator.

      You could also become a product specialist with a reseller such as CDW or Insight.

      Truthfully, you should probably waste a few hours one rainy day, and just look through some postings on Dice. Get a feel for both what jobs specifically seem to appeal to you, as well as what companies sound like a good fit.

      Sometimes, you have to do what you can do until you’re able to do what you want to do.

      • #2928033

        IT Recruiting?

        by sherrykarr ·

        In reply to Technical…

        I have seen a lot of people with technical backgrounds move out of it into a technical IT recruiting role. You don’t HAVE to have a technical background, but some of the the better IT recruiting/consulting shops like to see such a background.
        (Been a technical recruiter for 7 years – and have been impressed with some of the peeps I have met with a technical background. They can weed out a lot of candidates based on BS meters, haha.)

        Also – my husband works for a software company that hires BAs that don’t necessary have programming experience. You could also go into implementation – a lot of companies will hire folks that have good business and some technical experience as long as they can take specs from a customer and translate them into good technical docs. Ooo and technical writing – or moving even further into technical communications and work in Instructional Technical design, etc.

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